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Champions League draw - LIVE: Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal learn their European fate

The latest on the draw in Monaco - and the low-down on the 32 clubs involved


by Simon Rice (Online Sports... on Aug 29, 2013 at 1:39 PM


Welcome to The Independent's coverage of the draw for the Champions League group stages - which involves four teams from the Premier League - Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal.

To vote which English team will progress the furthest CLICK HERE.

    • The draw is complete, difficult groups for Arsenal and Celtic
    • Manchester City drawn with the holders Bayern Munich
    • The first round of group stage matches will take place on 17-18 September
    Group A: Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Sociedad
    Group B:
    Real Madrid, Juventus, Galatasaray, Copenhagen
    Group C:
    Benfica, PSG, Olympiakos, Anderlecht
    Group D:
    Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, Manchester City, Viktoria Plzen
    Group E:
    Chelsea, Schalke, FC  Basel, Steaua Bucharest

    Group F:
    Arsenal, Marseille, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli
    Group G:
    Porto, Atletico Madrid, Zenit, Austria Vienna
    Group H:
    Barcelona, Milan
    , Ajax, Celtic


    8/29/2013 12:34:47 PM
  • Welcome to The Independent's coverage of the draw for the Champions League group stages - which involves four teams from the Premier League - Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal.
    8/29/2013 12:31:41 PM
  • Pot One: Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Chelsea, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal, Porto, Benfica.

    Pot Two: Atletico Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Schalke 04, Marseilles, CSKA Moscow, Paris SG, Milan, Juventus.

    Pot Three: Zenit St Petersburg, Manchester City, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund, Basel, Olympiakos, Galatasaray, Bayer Leverkusen.

    Pot Four: Real Sociedad, Copenhagen, Napoli, Anderlecht, Celtic, Steaua Bucharest, Viktoria Plzen, Austria Vienna.



    8/29/2013 12:33:27 PM
  • 8/29/2013 12:36:24 PM
  • Bayern celebrate winning the Champions League at Wembley.

    8/29/2013 12:39:07 PM
  • Manchester City face the prospect of being landed with another group of death when the Champions League draw is made. City's previous failures mean they are seeded in the third pot of four and are again likely to face a difficult passage to the knockout stages. City's worst-case scenario is any one of Bayern, Barcelona and Real from Pot One, plus Paris Saint-Germain and Rafa Benitez's Napoli. It would be a glamorous and wealthy quartet, but also a devilishly difficult group.


    8/29/2013 12:41:31 PM
  • Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are all top seeds so will avoid the defending champions Bayern and the Spanish giants. But they could be drawn against PSG, Borussia Dortmund and Napoli. United and Chelsea have both been knocked out in the group stage in recent seasons but Arsenal have remained in the competition past Christmas for the last 13 seasons.


    8/29/2013 12:41:46 PM
  • Celtic will be in the fourth pot, condemning them to a tough draw, but they qualified last season from a section that featured Barcelona, Benfica and Spartak Moscow so should not be fearful even if two of the heroes of that run, Victor Wanyama and Gary Hooper, have moved south.


    8/29/2013 12:42:00 PM
  • During today's draw the Best Player in Europe award will be handed out. The nominees are Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery. Yet it seems one of those in contention is not overly optimistic.

    It was revealed today that Ronaldo will not be in attendance - instead taking part in an exhibition match against Deportivo La Coruna.

    Perhaps CR7's simply become bored of watching Messi picking up trophies.

    For the full story, CLICK HERE.


    8/29/2013 1:00:17 PM
  • Cristiano Ronaldo didn't fancy coming along this afternoon. No, he's not washing his hair - he's playing in a friendly...

    8/29/2013 1:02:09 PM
  • With an hour to go before the draw - let's take a look at the latest poll results...

    It would seem very few of you are backing Manchester City to do much this season - they have just 4 per cent of the vote.

    Things between Chelsea and Man United are neck-and-neck - with Arsenal a little behind.

    You can still vote on which team you think will progress the furthest by CLICKING HERE.


    8/29/2013 2:45:30 PM
  • Tough one for Arsenal, they have drawn the Italians Napoli. Will Gonzalo Higuain, who had talks with the Gunners, remember the boos when he played at the Emirates Cup earlier in the summer?
    8/29/2013 4:37:22 PM
  • United draw Real Sociedad, Bucharest for Chelsea and Celtic go into Group H, where the will take on Barcelona again. Celtic did defeat the Spaniards at Celtic Park in the group stage last season though.
    8/29/2013 4:43:43 PM
  • Is Group F the Group of Death? Twitter thinks so...

    8/29/2013 4:46:49 PM



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