UEFA Champions League: Man City Handed Tricky Draw

Manchester City will face Real Madrid for the first time after being drawn against Jose Mourinho's side in the Champions League group stage. City have the toughest group of all in Group D with the Spanish champions Real, Dutch league winners Ajax and German double-winners Borussia Dortmund all dangerous opponents. Chelsea, the defending European champions, also have a tough-looking task in Group E along with Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus and Nordsjaelland. Manchester United and Arsenal have more straightforward groups. The Gunners are in Group B with Schalke, Olympiacos and Montpellier, while Sir Alex Ferguson's United will take on Braga, Galatasaray and CFR Cluj in Group H. There are a couple of glamour ties in prospect for Celtic in Group G - Barcelona are in the group along with Benfica and Spartak Moscow. The draw for the UEFA Champions League Group stages: Group A: FC Porto, Dynamo Kiev, PSG, Dinamo Zagreb. Group B: Arsenal, Schalke, Olympiacos, Montpellier. Group C: AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg, Anderlecht, Malaga. Group D: Real Madrid, Manchester City, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund. Group E: Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus, FC Nordsjaelland. Group F: Bayern Munich, Valencia, Lille, BATE. Group G: Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moscow, Celtic. Group H: Manchester United, Braga, Galatasaray, CFR Cluj. First match days are 18 & 19 September 2012.