The draw for the group stages ofthe 2012/2013 UEFA Champions Keague has been made, and it’s all smiles for Arsenal & Manchester United, a little frown for Chelsea, and a huge dish of worry for English Champions Manchester City.
Arsenal, Manchester United & Copa del Rey holders Barcelona were handed pretty straight-forward groups, but holders Chelsea have been paired with Serie A holders Juventus, along with long distance away games to Ukraine & Denmark.
Manchester City, on the other hand, have been paired with three other domestic champions in Spain’s Real Madrid, Germany’s Borrusia Dortmund, and Ajax Amsterdam of Holland. They certainly have a lot of work to do to make the last 16.
Full Group Tables
Group A: FC Porto, Dynamo Kyiv, Paris st. Germain, Dynamo Moscow.
Group B: Arsenal, Schalke 04, Olympiakos, Montpellier.
Group C: AC Milan, Zenit st. Petersburg, Anderletch, Malaga.
Group D: Real Madrid, Manchester City, Ajax Amsterdam, Borrusia Dortmund
Group E: Chelsea, Juventus, Shaktar Donesk, FC Nordsjaelland
Group F: Bayern Munich, Valencia, Lille, FC Bate Borisov
Group G: Barcelona, Celtic, Benfica, Spartak Moscow.
Group H: Manchester United, SC Braga, Galatasaray, CFR Cluj.
Group Stage matches will start on September 18.