Juve facing Real Madrid, Barcelona meet AC Milan again as UEFA Champions League groups are drawn

Andrea Pirlo Juventus 61

Reigning UEFA Champions League winners Bayern Munich will face Manchester City while Barcelona and Arsenal face very tough paths through the group stage after Thursday’s UEFA Champions League draw.

Barcelona will battle in a difficult group that includes AC Milan, Celtic and Ajax, while Arsenal was drawn into a stacked group featuring Napoli, Borussia Dortmund and Marseille.

U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder Jermaine Jones and Schalke was drawn into a Group E featuring Chelsea, while Sacha Kljestan and Anderlecht were placed in a favorable draw in Group C, alongside Paris St. Germain, Benfica and Olympiakos.

Here is how all eight groups shape up for the UEFA Champions League group stage:


GROUP A– Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Sociedad

GROUP B– Real Madrid, Juventus, Galatasaray, FC Copenhagen

GROUP C– Benfica, Paris St. Germain, Olympiakos, Anderlecht

GROUP D– Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, Manchester City, Viktoria Plzen

GROUP E– Chelsea, Schalke 04, FC Basel, Steaua Bucharest

GROUP F– Arsenal, Marseille, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli

GROUP G– FC Porto, Atletico Madrid, FC Zenit, Austria Wien

GROUP H– Barcelona, AC Milan, Ajax, Celtic


    • Increase

      Agreed, Viktoria Plzen is not Ajax.

      That’s one reason Mancini got fired. They couldn’t even beat Ajax.
      The man was just incompetent in the Champs league.


      • William the Terror

        “They couldn’t even beat Ajax.”???? Ajax is not a bad team. They have actually won the Champions League, albeit before big money ruined the balance of football.


  • Dinho

    Still strange to me that Arsenal was in Pot 1. They will not make it out of their group.


    • Travis

      How is it strange? Theyve made it to last 16 like 15 years in a row, their coefficient is really high because they perform consistently.


    • Hogatroge

      Arsenal was 1 shot off the post from dumping out eventual champions Bayern from last years CL (in Munich).


  • 233

    Group F group of death

    Arsenal always makes it to the Champions League and yet hasnt won a trophy in nearly a decade. Coincidence?


    • Alan

      Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Man United, and Chelsea,to name just a few are all ways in the Champions League and have won many trophies over the past 10 years. I’m not sure your logic works.


  • johnnycougar

    Celtic’s reward for their dramatic win yesterday? Barca, Milan and Ajax!

    These groups are pretty even, compared to most years, and I am not sure there is a true group of death. Group H is probably closest, though A and F look competitive as well.


    • Increase

      H is pretty tough. Celtic won’t go down easily and Ajax could probably magic up a win against anyone.

      F is brutal too. Marseille is prehaps the only “weak” team there, but they have 3 wins in Ligue Un.

      I don’t think anyone got off super easy like Manu did last year.


      • johnnycougar

        Agreed. The groups other than A, F and H all have 2 clear favorites to advance, and I don’t think any group has just one obvious favorite to win except maybe Chelsea with E.


  • Travis

    Celtic gets a complete joke of a group. Arsenal could be in serious trouble in that group, I think they can still advance over Napoli but it will not be easy. Hopefully Dortmund soon makes it out of pot 3 to stop these groups of death.


  • HoboMike

    No group of death, but certainly some intriguing matchups. Here’s hoping to some good games.


    • Josh D

      I think there are two groups of death:

      – Real Madrid, Juventus, Galatasaray, FC Copenhagen


      Barcelona, AC Milan, Ajax, Celtic


      • THomas

        I think that then means there are no groups of death as HoboMike said. Usually there is one that is clearly tougher than all the others. This draw is up for debate. I’d argue that Group A is just as tough.


    • Travis

      I would argue Group F is the toughest. Arsenal, Dortmund and Napoli are all extremely strong. Marseille not as much


  • Al17

    as a proud PSG supporter Joyeux Noël to all…What, wait it’s not Christmas?
    Ummm….Did you see our draw?


    • edmondo


      très drôles….

      oui .. certainement il ressemble à Noël pour vous

      Mais, pauvre, pauvre arsenal


  • Creige

    Shame Carlos Vela does not get to play against his old team Arsenal. I bet they would be happy to have him back if they could.


  • El Paso tx

    Chelsea or juventus will win this champions. I see Manu,man city, and Real Madrid struggling, even barca. Chelsea or juven baby.
    As for MLS cup, I got timbers vs impact and impact hosting.
    For NASL, I got cosmos winning this season by 2 or 3 points, since other teams have more experience and cosmos will win soccer bowl.
    Nfl Super Bowl, I got on 49niners vs broncos and niners taking it.
    LigaMX, I say club America or Morelia.
    For America’s got talent, Jk lol


  • ben

    Poor ajax!! Got realmadrid, borussia and man city last year. And now this!?

    Haha celtic get barca again too..


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