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Arsenal, Celtic handed tough Champions League groups

ESPN staff
August 29, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Tough groups for Arsenal and Celtic


Arsenal and Celtic have been handed tough groups for this season's Champions League, with Manchester City set to face current holders Bayern Munich and Chelsea and Manchester United enjoying kinder draws.

Arsenal will face last season's finalists Borussia Dortmund, and have tricky ties against Marseille and former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez's Napoli to contend with.

Celtic came through qualifying in dramatic circumstances on Wednesday night, and their reward for making the group phase are clashes with Barcelona, AC Milan and Ajax - who have 15 competition wins between them.

City have Pep Guardiola's Bayern, CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen and avoided a group of death.

David Moyes' United will face Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad, while 2012 Champions League winners Chelsea have FC Basel and Steaua Bucarest - two of the teams they defeated en route to lifting the Europa League last season - and Schalke.

Full Draw:
Group A: Man United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Sociedad

Group B: Real Madrid, Juventus, Galatasaray, FC Copenhagen

Group C: Benfica, PSG, Olympiakos, Anderlecht

Group D: Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, Man City, Viktoria Plzen

Group E: Chelsea, Schalke, FC Basel, Steaua Bucharest

Group F: Arsenal, Marseille, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli

Group G: FC Porto, Atletico Madrid, Zenit St Petersburg, Austria Vienna

Group H: Barcelona, AC Milan, Ajax, Celtic

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