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Champions League Group Stage Draw for the top 32 teams in Europe has been announced in Monaco on Thursday evening.

ucl group stageNo winner has ever successfully defended the Champions League in its current guise and Real Madrid will be desperate to end that run. To do so, Los Blancos must first navigate Group F with Borussia Dortmund, Sporting CP and Legia Warsaw.

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Premier League defending champions Leicester City are set to battle in the European circuit for the first time since their last 2000/01 UEFA Cup. The Foxes will have to face Porto, Club Brugge and Copenhagen in Group G.

Arsenal have progressed from the group stage every time since 2000 and Wenger would hope to maintain the record in their 17th consecutive season. The Gunners are set to lock horns with Paris Saint-Germain, Basel and Bulgaria’s Ludogorets Razgrad in the Group A campaign.

guardiola cFormer Barcelona coach is set for a reunion with the Spanish club after taking charge at Manchester City this summer. The other two teams in Group C are Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic and Borussia Monchengladbach.

Tottenham comes back into the European competition and all thanks to their successful third place finish in the Premier League last season. Spurs are up against CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen and Monaco in Group E.

group stage UCLGroup H will see Juventus and Sevilla come face to face for a second consecutive season. They would be challenged by the other two teams –  Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb.

Carlo Ancelotti Bayern MunichNew Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti, who bagged two European cup titles as a player, followed by three Champions League trophies as a manager will face tough challenge from Atletico Madrid, PSV Eindhoven and Russian new boys Rostov in Group D.

Group A: Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, Basel, Ludogorets Razgrad

Group B: Benfica, Napoli, Dynamo Kyiv, Besiktas

Group C: Barcelona, Manchester City, Borussia Monchengladbach, Celtic

Group D: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, PSV Eindhoven, Rostov

Group E: CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur, Monaco

Group F: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Sporting CP, Legia Warsaw

Group G: Leicester City, Porto, Club Brugge, Copenhagen

Group H: Juventus, Sevilla, Lyon, Dinamo Zagreb

The Group stage matches will start from 13th September.

Anirban Das
Anirban Das's journey to Delhi via Kolkata involves football, music, curiosity (which one day can kill the cat) and food. Following global football opens up an infinite space within him in both the conscious and subconscious self, away from the din and bustle of the madding crowd. Supports Manchester United & Barcelona

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