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Man City Drawn In UEFA Champions League Group Of Death: Complete Draw Revealed

champions league Man City Drawn In UEFA Champions League Group Of Death: Complete Draw Revealed

The draw for the group stage of the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League has been made in Monaco, and Manchester City has been dealt the toughest draw with a group of champions battling it out with the Premier League winners. City has been drawn with Real Madrid, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal is in the same group as Montpellier, Schalke and Olympiakos. Current Champions League champions Chelsea are up against Juventus, Shakhtar Donetsk and Danish side Nordsjaeland, while Manchester United will play Braga, Cluj and Galatasaray.

Here is the complete draw:

Group A:

Paris Saint-Germain
Dynamo Kiev
Porto
Zagreb

 

Group B:

Arsenal
Montpellier
Schalke
Olympiakos

 

Group C:

Zenit St. Petersburg
AC Milan
Anderlecht
Malaga

 

Group D:

Real Madrid
Manchester City
Ajax
Borussia Dortmund

 

Group E:

Juventus
Chelsea
Shakhtar Donetsk
Nordsjaeland

 

Group F:

Bate Borislav
Bayern Munich
Valencia
Lille

 

Group G:

Spartak Moscow
Barcelona
Benfica
Celtic

 

Group H:

Manchester United
Braga
Cluj
Galatasaray

 

Matchday 1 of the UEFA Champions League will be played on September 18 and 19.

Out of all of the Premier League teams competing in the group stage, which Premier League club do you think will get knocked out — if you had to name one?

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26 Responses to Man City Drawn In UEFA Champions League Group Of Death: Complete Draw Revealed

  1. TJNash says:

    City’s draw is ridiculous, even worse than last year’s. City’s success (or lack thereof) will have a huge impact on Mancini’s future.

  2. NeilO says:

    Man C should be able to overcome Ajax and Dortmund. Just barely though.

    • Andrei says:

      Dortmund are tricky but they lost Kagawa and generally are not as good as they look on paper. Ajax are a joke nowadays they wouldn’t make the group stage if they had to play qualification. City should be able to get to the playoff stage comfortably enough.

      • NeilO says:

        Agreed. I mean Aguero, Tevez, Nasri, Silva, Toure, Kompany, Hart.. on a good day they can beat anyone. The knockout stage is a diff story altogether though. My pick is Madrid, I hate their guts, but theyll win their 10th champions this year.

    • dust says:

      Dortmund are no joke, they may have lost Kagawa but they gained Marco Rues, who will terrorize any Defender Man City can throw out there. Dortmund have won the Budasliga 2 years on the bounce, you cant write them off.

  3. CH says:

    For a second i thought it would be Madrid City and PSG

  4. CH says:

    I feel for Dortmund tho, was hoping that they would do well this year.

  5. CTBlues says:

    Poor Celtic they will be fodder for Barca. It would finacially responsible in the long run for Celtic to leave the SPL and join the English FA and work there way up to the EPL like the Welsh clubs.

    • Alex Wolcott says:

      I may be way wrong here but my impression was that the FA Charter was limited to clubs based in England and Wales.

      But if they could join, that might be a good play, as the Old Firm rivalry may be years and years away from coming back. If at all.

      • Andrei says:

        If the move happens do you see them going to EPL directly or starting in The Championship?

        • CTBlues says:

          I would see them having to start at League 2 maybe League 1, but no way they would be allowed right into the EPL.

          • Ces1ne? says:

            Def see League 1 as fair……would be in SPLs best interest bc it will allow the other clubs to develop. It will take a while, but could see it working out.

  6. CTBlues says:

    I also believe “Nordsjaeland” has two L’s (Nordsjælland).

  7. Andrei says:

    Groups A and C are evenly matched and have some interesting if not over-hyped teams. Should be interesting to watch.

  8. Yespage says:

    I’m looking at Group H and wondering what in the world everyone is talking about. :D

  9. Alex Wolcott says:

    Stupid UEFA coefficient – City has to draw in the 2nd batch. Oh well, at least they’re not stuck in with two monster clubs (as was speculated leading up to today.)

    BVB is formidable but I agree with what Andrei said about them.

    Not quite sure why Arsenal is coming in 2nd in the poll. Yes, they are down a bit but Olympiakos is nowhere near as good as they are. Schalke is the 3rd best club in Germany and Montpellier maybe the 6th best club in France. I follow Ligue 1 and still can’t figure out how they won last year.

  10. jtm371 says:

    just wondering the formula for the teams in the first group not sure Arsenal should have been in that group.once again MUFC seems to have easy draw but we all know how that worked out last year.

  11. Mufc77 says:

    Tough group for city but they should make the cut this time around. Win your home games and pick up a point on the road and you are through. Celtic v barcalona will be another great game at parkhead. Utd going back to hell is always fun to watch.

  12. Matt says:

    UEFA should consider seeing league champions (especially ones from the top 5 nations) in the first pot. I know they have their own system, but its kind of strange that the champions of the top three leagues in UEFA are in the same group.

    Why should Dortmund or Man City be seeded lower than Arsenal for example? Yes, Arsenal have a better UEFA coefficiant than both, but I feel league champions should get the benefit of a higher seed rather than 3rd/4th placed teams from ENG, ESP etc..

    United always get easy groups, after last season they won’t be as lethargic, but Braga & Galatasaray away can be tricky.

    Chelsea got a difficult group minus Nordsjaelland

  13. Neville says:

    Best news for Mancini because now he can force the club to buy some players before tomorrow’s deadline.

    It’s going to be very tough for City as both Ajax and Real Madrid are very good sides. Dortmund aren’t as good as they were last season so I expect them to finish 4th. The games in this group should make for exciting viewing. When does matchday one begin?

  14. March says:

    Very tough draw from Man City. It’s possible they’ll move on from the group, but if I have to compare with every other EPL team, then they’re easily the least likely. Meanwhile, Man U gets a very favorable draw that they should walk right through. I like Arsenal and Chelsea chances too in their groups. Those two should have no problems being in the top two of their groups.

  15. San Franciscan says:

    Anybody noticed the mistake done in the draw?

    When Dennis Law drew Chelsea the UEFA guy who is next to Steve Mcmanaman took two balls only from Group B and E. Where it should’ve been groups B, E and H.

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