As usual Barcelona are in the group with AC Milan (but this year they aren’t quite so frightening). Juve take a walk down memory lane, with former coach Carlo Ancelotti now in charge at Real Madrid. New-look Napoli under Benitez come up against Borussia Dortmund, runners-up last year.
The draw for the group stage of the Champions League is difficult, but not impossible. It will be tough but it isn’t beyond their powers. The three Italian teams can do it.
In group B Juve will be up against Real Madrid, Galatasaray and Copenhagen. In group F Napoli will take on Arsenal, Marseille and Borussia Dortmund, whereas in group H AC Milan have been drawn with Barcelona (as usual) as well as Ajax and Celtic.
GROUP A — Manchester United (Eng), Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukr), Bayer Leverkusen (Ger), Real Sociedad (Spa)
GROUP B — Real Madrid (Spa), JUVENTUS, Galatasaray (Tur), Copenhagen (Den)
GROUP C — Benfica (Por), Paris Saint Germain (Fra), Olympiacos (Gre), Anderlecht (Bel)
GROUP D — Bayern Munich (Ger), CSKA Moscow (Rus), Manchester City (Eng), Viktoria Plzen (Czech Rep.)
GROUP E — Chelsea (Eng), Schalke 04 (Ger), Basel (Swi), Steaua Bucarest (Rom)
GROUP F — Arsenal (Eng), Marseille (Fra), Borussia Dortmund (Ger), NAPOLI
GROUP G — Porto (Por), Atletico Madrid (Spa), Zenit St Petersburg (Rus), Austria Vienna (Aus)
GROUP H — Barcelona (Spa), AC MILAN, Ajax (Ned), Glasgow Celtic (Sco)