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Man City get toughest Champions League draw again

Manchester City got the roughest deal of the English teams in the Champions League group-stage draw in Monaco yesterday.

Manuel Pellegrini's men will have to face last year’s finalists Juventus, Borussia Monchengladbach, as well as a strong Sevilla side in Group D.

Reigning champions Barcelona and returning giants Manchester United were dealt favourable hands though. 

The Spanish giants’ quest to become the first team to retain the European crown began smoothly as Lionel Messi and company were paired with Bayer Leverkusen, Roma and BATE Borisov in Group E. 

United grace the competition after a year’s absence and coach Louis van Gaal will be more than happy with the three-time winners’ Group B sparring partners PSV Eindhoven, CSKA Moscow and Wolfsburg. 

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho returns to FC Porto, the club he guided to the continental crown in 2004, with this duo joined by Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel-Aviv in Group G. 

Arsenal have a tough test against Bayern Munich in Group F while Paris Saint-Germain were pitted against 10-time winners Real Madrid in Group A. 

The first round of Champions League group-stage matches take place on Sept 15 and 16.

- Wire Services. 

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