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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 5:13:01 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
  • Odds: Currently both at 4-1 - Barcelona and Bayern Munich are the favourites to lift the Champions League trophy in Lisbon on 24 May. Jose Mourinho's Chelsea have the shortest odds for any English team, on 9-1. You can get 12-1 on Manchester City, although that could dramatically change if the Group of Death rears its head..
    8/29/2013 3:36:44 PM

  • Could Manchester City become only the third eventual winners from Pot Three?
    8/29/2013 3:38:48 PM
  • The stirring Champions League theme kicks off the event, and the hosts Pedro Pinto (no not the colourful Barcelona reserve goalkeeper) and Melanie Winigar (pronounced Vinegar) emerge in Monaco.
    8/29/2013 3:53:39 PM
  • With the final in Lisbon, Celtic legend Billy McNeill, who captained the side to European Cup success in the Portuguese capital in 1967, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino and former Portugal skipper and Champions League winner Luis Figo are brought out to make the draw.



    8/29/2013 4:01:44 PM
  • Arsenal are the first team drawn, in Group F
    8/29/2013 4:03:25 PM
  • So that concludes the draw of the Pot One sides, they won't be lonely in their groups for long.


    8/29/2013 4:11:55 PM
  • Billy McNeill has completed his shift for the evening, and is replaced by Johan Cryuff. Not a bad substitution to be able to make..
    8/29/2013 4:13:54 PM
  • Pot Two next. Potentially tricky ties against Milan, Juventus and big-spenders PSG await.
    8/29/2013 4:14:55 PM
  • Arsenal draw Marseille, the Flamini theme for the day continues. He joined Arsenal (for the first time) from Marseille in 2004




    8/29/2013 4:16:59 PM
  • Chelsea will be joined by Bundesliga side, Schalke
    8/29/2013 4:19:57 PM
  • Group B is starting to look a daunting prospect with Real Madrid and Juventus. The Ukrainian's Shakhtar Donetsk join United
    8/29/2013 4:22:13 PM


  • A familiar outcome again..


    8/29/2013 4:23:33 PM
  • After Cruyff for McNeill, Michael Owen is now out for the draw. Will he draw Manchester City in Group B? They are in Pot Three



    8/29/2013 4:25:23 PM
  • Chelsea are reunited with Swiss team Basel, who they knocked out in the semi-final of the Europa League last season.
    8/29/2013 4:28:35 PM
  • Manchester City are drawn, and they are put in the the group of the holder's Bayern Munich, who they played in the competition two years ago. A fixture Carlos Tevez will remember well..




    8/29/2013 4:32:14 PM
  • And also just like two years ago - Arsenal are in the same group as Marseille and Dortmund. The Gunners did finish top of the group that year though.


    8/29/2013 4:33:44 PM
  • Time for the Pot Four teams - Paulo Sousa is in for Owen.
    8/29/2013 4:35:23 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



  • 8/29/2013 4:47:54 PM
  • Arsenal will face Napoli, now managed by a certain Rafa Benitez. Benitez won only one of his last seven Premier League matches against the Gunners. The former Liverpool manager (and Chelsea interim manager) got his reign at Napoli off to a winning start against Bologna (3-0 in Serie A), last weekend.
    8/29/2013 5:01:11 PM
  • Lionel Messi and Ronaldo usually hog the limelight, and deservedly so, but Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery has just won the UEFA Player of the Year award, becoming the first Bundesliga-based player to do so since Matthias Sammer in 1996.


    8/29/2013 5:22:24 PM
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