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Tough Draw For Madrid In Champions League

Real Madrid head the Group of Death in this year’s group stage draw, whilst face a more favourable passage.

Jose Mourinho’s Spanish champions will face off with English champions and heavily financed .

Dutch champions Ajax are also in Group D and face Real at the group stages for the third successive season. Meanwhile, German champions conclude the group, which is arguably the most eye-catching of the eight this season.

Barca, who lost in the semi-finals of the competition last season, tackle Benfica and Unai Emery’s Spartak Moscow, two sides who finished as runners-up in their respective leagues last term.

Completing Group G is Celtic, a team that the Blaugrana have met twice before in the competition, the last meeting being in the 2007-08 edition at the Last 16 stage.

Valencia face tournament specialists , French underdogs Lille and Belurus champions BATE Borisov.

Malaga, meanwhile, who are in the competition for the first time in their history, face tests against Milan, Zenit and Anderlecht for a place in the Last 16.

The six matchdays are scheduled to be played from the midweek of September 18/19 across to December 4/5.

Full Champions League draw

Group A
Porto, Dynamo Kiev, , Dinamo Zagreb

Group B
, , Olympiacos, Montpellier

Group C
Milan, Zenit St Petersburg, Anderlecht, Malaga

Group D
, Manchester City, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund

Group E
, Shakhtar Donetsk, , Nordsjaelland

Group F
Bayern Munich, , Lille, BATE

Group G
Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moscow, Celtic

Group H
, Braga, Galatasaray, Cluj