Thursday, 25 August 2011

Champions League Group Draw

Manchester City now know who they will be facing in their first venture into Champions League football. City were drawn with Bayern Munich, Villarreal and Napoli in group A.

The games against Bayern will have a little more meaning with Jerome Boateng leaving City this summer for the German giants, citing that he wanted to play in the centre of defence to help his international prospects.

Interestingly enough (or maybe not) none of the teams in group A finished higher than 3rd in their respective leagues last season, which are all considered the top 4 leagues in Europe, making it quite possibly the most competitive and open group this time round.

The full group listings are as follows;

Group A
  • Bayern Munich
  • Villarreal
  • Manchester City
  • Napoli

Group B
  • Inter Milan
  • CSKA Moskva
  • Lille
  • Trabzonspor

Group C
  • Manchester United
  • Benfica
  • Basel
  • Otelul

Group D
  • Real Madrid
  • Lyon
  • Ajax
  • Dinamo Zagreb

Group E
  • Chelsea
  • Valencia
  • Leverkusen
  • Genk

Group F
  • Arsenal
  • Marseille
  • Olympiacos
  • Dortmund

Group G
  • Porto
  • Shakhtar
  • Zenit

Group H
  • Barcelona
  • AC Milan
  • BATE
  • Plzen

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