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Champions League draw: Manchester City get Munich again, Liverpool get reigning champions Real Madrid

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The Champions League draw was made today, with the four English teams facing varying challenges, with Manchester City drawn with German champions Bayern Munich for the third year running.

Here is a breakdown of who each of the English sides got, and how they should fair.

Arsenal: They face a tough opponent in Dortmund, who they had in the groups last year, but Galatasaray don't travel well to England at all, and Anderlecht shouldn't pose too big a threat. Provided they can come up with goals, qualification should be assured, but they will be disappointed should they not top the group.

Chelsea: The easiest of the English sides. Have a tricky German side themselves with Schalke, but not as big a threat as Dortmund and Munich pose. Portugese outfit Sporting should not prove too hard a task and Maribor are one of the weakest sides in the competition. They should easily win what is again another soft group for the Blues.

Liverpool: Facing off against the reigning champions will be a challenge Brendan Rodgers and his side will be relishing. FC Basel showed they are no pushovers against Chelsea last year, and they will need to be careful not to let them cause an upset. Ludogrets will be fired up in their debut appearance, but will struggle to be anything other than whipping boys, Liverpool should be able to finish behind Madrid.

Manchester City: They will certainly not be too happy about having to play Bayern in the group stages again, and the long trip to Moscow is slight incon­veni­ence. Roma should not be discounted either, but as they gain more Champions League experience, they should manage to get through what is the toughest group of the English sides.

The Full list of the Champions League Group Stage draw:

Group A: Athletico Madrid, Juventus, Olympiakos, Malmo FF

Group B: Real Madrid, FC Basel, Liverpool, Ludogrets

Group C: Benfica, Zenit, Bayer Leverkusen, AS Monaco

Group D: Arsenal, Borrusia Dortmund, Galatasaray, Anderlecht

Group E: Bayern Munich, Manchester City, CSKA Moscow, AS Roma

Group F: Barcelona, PSG, Ajax, APOEL

Group G: Chelsea, Schalke, Sporting, Maribor

Group H: Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Bilbao, BATE Borisov
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