United get Battle of Britain fixture, tough draw for Arsenal

MONACO: Manchester United got a Battle of Britain fixture when they were drawn in the same group as Scotland’s Glasgow Rangers, Greece's Panathinaikos and Germany's VfB Stuttgart in the Champions League draw yesterday. 

Arsenal were thrown into a demanding first round group against last season's semi-finalists Inter Milan of Italy, Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev and Lokomotiv Moscow of Russia. 

Nine-time winners Real Madrid face Portuguese neighbours Porto, French side Marseille, thrown out for match-fixing after winning the 1993 trophy, and Partizan Belgrade. 

Partizan, coached by German Lotthar Matthaeus, caused a surprise by knocking out Bobby Robson’s Newcastle United to reach the group stage. 

Chelsea, who have spent almost £100mil on new players this summer, could be grateful for a draw against what can be considered weaker oppositions in Rome side Lazio, Sparta Prague of the Czech Republic and Turkish side Besiktas. 

Chelsea's Argentine duo Juan Sebastian Veron and Hernan Crespo will relish a match with their old club Lazio. 

Defending champions AC Milan face Celta Vigo of Spain, four-time winners Ajax Amsterdam of Holland and Belgian champions Club Bruges. 

Last year's losing finalists Juventus were drawn against Turkish side Galatasaray, Olympiakos of Athens and Spanish side Real Sociedad. 

Deportivo Coruna of Spain drew Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven, AEK Athens and French side Monaco. 

German champions Bayern Munich drew French champions Lyon, UEFA Cup finalists Celtic of Scotland and Belgian side Anderlecht. 

The competition kicks off on Sept 16. – AFP 

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