Real Madrid, Man. City, Dortmund put in same group at Champions League draw

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The road to Wembley Stadium will be a difficult one for the defending champions of Spain, England and Germany.

Real Madrid, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund were drawn together in a stacked Group D to highlight the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League draw, which was conducted in Monaco. Ajax, which is coming off another Dutch championship, was drawn with Madrid for the third straight year and rounds out the difficult group as the teams begin their quests to reach the final at Wembley.

Defending champion Chelsea was drawn with Italian champion Juventus, while big-spending Paris St. Germain, which came out of Pot 3, lucked into a favorable draw with Porto, Dynamo Kyiv and Dinamo Zagreb. 

Americans Jermaine Jones, Sacha Kljestan and Michael Parkhurst also learned their fates. Jones' Schalke will take on Arsenal, Olympiakos and Montpellier; Kljestan's Anderlecht were drawn with AC Milan, Zenit-St. Petersburg and Malaga; and Parkhurst's FC Nordsjaelland will be tested by Chelsea, Juventus and Shakhtar Donetsk.

Here are the eight groups in this season's UEFA Champions League:

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUPS 

GROUP A

Porto, Dynamo Kyiv, Paris St.-Germain, Dinamo Zagreb 

GROUP B

Arsenal, Schalke, Olympiakos, 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 Borisov 

GROUP G

Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moscow, Celtic 

GROUP H

Manchester United, Braga, Galatasaray, CFR 1907 Cluj

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What do you think of the groups? Which teams do you see getting out of Group D? Which teams do you see getting to the knockout stage? How do you see the teams with Americans faring?

Share your thoughts below.

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37 Responses to Real Madrid, Man. City, Dortmund put in same group at Champions League draw

  1. Old School says:

    Group D for Death, apparently.

    That’s going to be a great group to watch. Too bad they’re all bunched together. Especially when you look at Group A (which, on the surface, is a joke).

  2. Jeremy says:

    Real tough group Man United got…what a joke

  3. Randy says:

    Its a shame I like watching Ajax but they have a HUGE uphill battle

  4. Dillon says:

    Think they might need to rethink how they do the these draws.

  5. Joe from El Paso says:

    Clint Dempsey take notice! Send your resume’ to one of these teams fast! Lol!

  6. al17 says:

    THANK YOU Football Gods for PSG’s draw in Group A.
    No complaining here and grateful to not be in the group with the dude walking around with a giant scythe (AKA Group D).

  7. kev says:

    Definitely. 24hrs to go

  8. al17 says:

    They should just play all matches for this group in the Original Coliseum. Who in the Hell needs Tigers, Lions and Elephants fighting one another when you have Group D.

  9. kev says:

    if Gooch joins Galatarsaay he gets to play Man United

  10. hmmm says:

    if Gooch joins michael parkhurst and his club will be creamed. amazing how Ukraine and Russia always have like 2 teams in the group stage yet Holland gets 1

  11. hmmm says:

    if Gooch joins michael parkhurst and his club will be creamed. amazing how Ukraine and Russia always have like 2 teams in the group stage yet Holland gets 1

  12. MASE NJRB says:

    same ol same ol

  13. hmmm says:

    Lille, Valencia, Porto or Arsenal

  14. Old School says:

    Ha, not a bad idea.

    I really feel bad for Ajax, whom I love watching.

  15. Old School says:

    That’s assuming he’d actually play…of course.

  16. CR says:

    Seriously, did Ajax’s coach dump one of the Uefa execs daughters? Second year in a row stuck in the group of death.

  17. Illmatic74 says:

    Third year in a row. They had Madrid and Milan the year before.

  18. Kevin_Amold says:

    Maybe this time they’ll make it out…

  19. dog says:

    they always do. :/

  20. dog says:

    fan boy

  21. Tyler says:

    I’ve got a bridge to sell you if you believe these aren’t rigged.

  22. Rory says:

    Good lord, who did AC Milan sleep with to get that draw?

  23. dbearman says:

    Group D, a serious group of Champions.

  24. HoboMike says:

    I find it hilarious that the teams who finished second, third (89 points behind) and 6th in the “best league in the world” get into the first pot, while Man City gets Pot 2. Not a Man City fan at all, but that strikes me as weird.

    Pot 1 should have been Barcelona, Real, MC, MU, Dortmund, Munich, Porto, and Milan. The second place finishers in Groups A, C, and H will really dilute the quality of the knockout rounds, no matter who they are.

  25. Scott says:

    As an Arsenal fan, WOOHOO!

  26. Ryland says:

    Can anyone tell me when the match day schedule is released. When will the home/away matches be filled in here: link to uefa.com ? Thanks!

  27. K Bone says:

    Were they in the Champions League three years ago, I don’t think they were…

  28. K Bone says:

    Well, it’s not based on one year’s results. By your logic, shouldn’t Montpelier be up there as well? City is there for only the 2nd time in its history…

  29. K Bone says:

    If that was true, why would Real Madrid be in such a tough group? Chelsea’s group ain’t too shabby either. There will always be easy groups, and hard groups…

  30. K Bone says:

    Right, because usually they do so bad in the group stages. I’m sure Ferguson will murder the entire team if they choke again…

  31. HoboMike says:

    No, because the French league isn’t as good as the leagues that I mentioned.

  32. THomas says:

    Understatement of the year. The worst team in your group is Ajax? Good luck. Were all four of these teams their domestic league champions? If not they were second. Wow.

  33. THomas says:

    What?

  34. Yoko Ono says:

    2yearz ago I think thy were. them and Twente I think

  35. Yoko Ono says:

    Clint should go to 1 of those CL teams in France or Germany

  36. Ryland says:

    Up now. Thanks