Thursday August 30 2012
CL Draw: Juve-Chelsea, Milan-Zenit!

Milan face Zenit, Anderlecht and Liga side Malaga while Juventus take on Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk and newcomers FC Nordsjaellandin the Champions League draw.

There are only two Italian clubs in the group phase this season, as Udinese were eliminated on penalties by Sporting Braga and only the top two gain automatic progress to the tournament.

Milan were top seeds in today’s draw in Montecarlo and will face Luciano Spalletti’s Zenit St. Petersburg, Belgians Anderlecht and Liga side Malaga in Group C.

Serie A winners Juventus were in Pot Three due to their recent absence from European competition.

The Bianconeri have been paired with reigning champions Chelsea, Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk and Danish debutants FC Nordsjaellandin Group E.

Undoubtedly the Group of Death is D, containing Real Madrid, Manchester City, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund.

There are debut appearances in the group phase for Montpellier of France, Spaniards Malaga and Danish side Nordsjaelland.

The Champions League Final is on May 25 at Wembley.


Group A

Porto (POR)

Dynamo Kiev (UKR)

Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)

Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)


Group B

Arsenal (ENG)

Schalke 04 (GER)

Olympiacos (GRE)

Montpellier (FRA)


Group C


Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS)

Anderlecht (BEL)

Malaga (SPA)


Group D

Real Madrid (SPA)

Manchester City (ENG)

Ajax (NED)

Borussia Dortmund (GER)


Group E

Chelsea (ENG)

Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)


FC Nordsjaelland (DEN)


Group F

Bayern Munich (GER)

Valencia (SPA)

Lille (FRA)

BATE Borisov (RUS)


Group G

Barcelona (SPA)

Benfica (POR)

Spartak Moscow (RUS)

Celtic (SCO)


Group H

Manchester United (ENG)

Sporting Braga (POR)

Galatasaray (TUR)

Cluj (ROU)