London: Premier League champions Manchester City have been drawn with Real Madrid, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund in this year’s Champions League ‘Group of Death’, while United landed in perhaps the softest group on paper.
Manchester United were drawn to face Braga, Galatasaray and CFR Cluj in Group H, while Arsenal have also been handed a relatively straighforward group which contains Schalke, Olympiakos and Montpellier.
United are appearing in the competition’s group phase for a record 18th time but they will hope to avoid the fate that befell them last season.
Chelsea will defend their title against Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus and Danish title-winners FC Nordsjaelland in Group E. Chelsea are bidding to become the first team to successfully defend Europe’s top club honour in the Champions League era.
Group A: FC Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Paris St-Germain, Dinamo Zagreb
Group B: Arsenal, Schalke, Olympiakos, Montpellier
Group C: AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg, Anderlecht, Malaga
Group D: Real Madrid, Manchester City, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund
Group E: Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus, Nordsjaelland
Group F: Bayern Munich, Valencia, Lille, BATE Borisov
Group G: Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moscow, Celtic
Group H: Manchester United, Braga, Galatasaray, CFR Cluj