City draw tough Champions League group

Date: 1st September 2012 at 8:38 am
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Manchester City have been handed a tricky Champions League group, with the draw being kinder to Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

The Premier League champions crashed out of the tournament last season in the group stage, and will have a fight on their hands to progress again this term.

Roberto Mancini’s men are in a group with three other domestic champions, as they face Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax.

Chelsea will defend their crown this season and have been handed Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk and Nordsjaelland as opponents in Group E.

Arsenal take on Olivier Giroud’s former side Montpellier, Schalke and Olympiakos, whilst Manchester United will come up against Galatasaray, Club Cluj and Braga.

Finally, Scottish champions Celtic have been handed a monumental task after qualifying for the group stages, with Neil Lennon’s men to face Barcelona, Benfica and Spartak Moscow.

The first round of fixtures will take place on September 18.

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