Holders Barcelona get favourable Champions League draw

Draw made for group stages; Mourinho's Chelsea in same group as Porto.

    Holders Barcelona get favourable Champions League draw
    Barcelona beat Juventus in the final earlier this year [Getty Images]

    Holders Barcelona were handed a favorable draw with Bayer Leverkusen, Roma and BATE Borisov in the Champions League.

    Real Madrid were placed in a tougher group with Shakhtar Donetsk and Zlatan Ibrahimovic's current and first clubs, Paris Saint-Germain and Malmo.

    Champions League winners (last 10)
    2014-15 Barcelona
    2013-14 Real Madrid
    2012-13 Bayern Munich
    2011-12 Chelsea
    2010-11 Barcelona
    2009-10 Inter Milan
    2008-09 Barcelona
    2007-08 Manchester United
    2006-07 AC Milan
    2005-06 Barcelona

    Europe's four highest-ranked leagues meet in the group of Juventus, Manchester City, Sevilla and Borussia Moenchengladbach.

    Manchester United return after a one-year absence against top-seeded PSV Eindhoven, plus CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg.

    Chelsea were grouped with coach Jose Mourinho's former club Porto, Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

    Bayern Munich will face Arsenal, Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb.

    The trip up to six time zones east to newcomer Astana in Kazakhstan went to Benfica, Atletico Madrid and Galatasaray.

    The eight groups begin six rounds of play on September 15.

    Group A

    Paris St Germain
    Real Madrid
    Shakhtar Donetsk

    Group B

    PSV Eindhoven
    Manchester United
    CSKA Moscow
    VfL Wolfsburg

    Timeline of Barcelona's Champions League triumphs

    Group C

    Atletico Madrid

    Group D

    Manchester City
    Borussia Moenchengladbach

    Group E

    Bayer Leverkusen
    AS Roma
    BATE Borisov

    Group F

    Bayern Munich
    Olympiakos Piraeus
    Dinamo Zagreb

    Group G

    Dynamo Kiev
    Maccabi Tel Aviv

    Group H

    Zenit St Petersburg
    Olympique Lyonnais

    SOURCE: Agencies


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