• Arsenal will face Bayern Munich, Olympiacos and Dinamo Zagreb
  • Chelsea drawn against Porto, Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel-Aviv
  • Manchester City meet Juventus, Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach
  • Manchester United making return to Champions League after a year out 
  • CLICK HERE to see how the group stage draw unfolded in Monaco 

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Manchester City, cursed with bad luck in the Champions League, suffered another horror draw in Monaco but there was better news for Manchester United, who have a relatively easy passage to the knock-out stages.

City have to face last season’s runners-up Juventus as well as Spanish club Sevilla, who won the Europa League in May, and tough German competitors Borussia Monchengladbach in Group D.

In contrast United, who came through the qualifying stage by beating Club Bruges, face PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg in Group B.

Manchester City, who face Juventus in the group stage, have a history of tough  Champions League draws

Manchester City, who face Juventus in the group stage, have a history of tough Champions League draws

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba will return to Manchester to take on Manuel Pellegrini's side this season

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba will return to Manchester to take on Manuel Pellegrini’s side this season

Former Barcelona and Chelsea defender Juliano Beletti took part in Thursday's group stage draw in Monaco

Former Barcelona and Chelsea defender Juliano Beletti took part in Thursday’s group stage draw in Monaco

Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick as Manchester United beat Club Bruges in their Champions League play-off

Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick as Manchester United beat Club Bruges in their Champions League play-off

Beletti picked out Manchester United as the Premier League club make their return to the Champions League

Beletti picked out Manchester United as the Premier League club make their return to the Champions League

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGE DRAW IN FULL

 

Group A – PSG, Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Malmo

Group B – PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, CSKA Moscow, Wolfsburg

Group C – Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray, Astana

Group D – Juventus, Manchester City, Sevilla, Borussia Monchengladbach 

Group E – Barcelona, Bayer Leverkusen, Roma, BATE Borisov

Group F – Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Olympiacos, Dinamo Zagreb

Group G – Chelsea, Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Group H – Zenit, Valencia, Lyon, Gent

Louis van Gaal’s men overcame the Belgian side 7-1 on aggregate in their play-off and have been rewarded with trips to Holland, Russia and Germany.

United, who are making their return to the Champions League after a season out of the competition, are undefeated in two games against CSKA and beat Wolfsburg twice when they met in the 2009-10 group stage.

City, meanwhile, have never scored more than once in their three meetings with Juventus, and will come up against transfer target Paul Pogba, providing he remains in Turin. 

Arsenal also have a problematic group, facing Bayern Munich who have beaten them twice in the last three seasons of European football. 

They are in the same Group F as Olympiacos, the Greek club who are mired in serious match-fixing allegations which UEFA have ignored as far as their participation in Europe’s elite club competition is concerned. 

The Gunners, who were knocked out at the last 16 stage by Monaco last season, will also face Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb.

Arsenal and Alexis Sanchez endured heartbreak against Monaco in last season's Champions League

Arsenal and Alexis Sanchez endured heartbreak against Monaco in last season’s Champions League

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tussles with Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara (left) and Franck Ribery in 2014

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tussles with Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara (left) and Franck Ribery in 2014

Champions Chelsea will also be confident of progressing through a group stage containing Porto, whom manager Jose Mourinho led to an unlikely Champions League triumph in 2004, along with Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

Like every team in the group stage, the Blues’ first game will be on either September 15 or 16.  

Holders Barcelona face trips to Germany, Italy and Ukraine to face Bayer Leverkusen, Roma and BATE Borisov in Group E, while their La Liga rivals Real Madrid take on Paris Saint-Germain, Shakhtar Donestk and Malmo in Group A.

Diego Costa (centre) and his Chelsea team-mates will be hoping to get beyond the last 16 stage this season

Diego Costa (centre) and his Chelsea team-mates will be hoping to get beyond the last 16 stage this season

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta gets his hands on the Champions League trophy during Thursday's draw

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta gets his hands on the Champions League trophy during Thursday’s draw

Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar (L-R) helped Barcelona win last season's Champions League final

Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar (L-R) helped Barcelona win last season’s Champions League final

Real Madrid are looking to regain the Champions League after winning their 10th European Cup in 2014

Real Madrid are looking to regain the Champions League after winning their 10th European Cup in 2014

Group C is made up of Benfica, Atletico Madrid, Galatasaray and Astana, while Zenit, Valencia, Lyon, Gent make up Group H.

More to follow. 

 


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