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MONACO---Barcelona will face seven-time win-
ner AC Milan in the Champions League for the
third straight season, while Bayern Munich
begins the defense of its title in a group con-
taining Manchester City.
Yesterday s draw in Monaco put Barcelona in
Group H with Milan, Ajax and Celtic --- four teams
who have been European champions 16 times
Barcelona and Milan were grouped together in
2011-12 and then met in the quarterfinals, before
facing each other in the round of 16 last season.
Barcelona won three of the six encounters and
drew two of them.
"You never get easy groups in the Champions
League," Barcelona forward Lionel Messi said. "Of
course we know Milan well and we also played
Celtic last season, while Ajax have a lot of European
history. So we re looking forward to some very
tough, very exciting, very beautiful games."
Celtic claimed a shock 2-1 victory over Barcelona
in last year s group stage.
"I think it s the best and the worst draw we
could have got," Celtic manager Neil Lennon said.
"In terms of glamor, it doesn t come any better
but it s the most difficult we could have got."
Bayern, which beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in
last year s final at Wembley Stadium, is in Group
D along with City, CSKA and Viktoria Plzen. (AP)
"CSKA Moscow and Manchester City, in par-
ticular, should not be underestimated," Bayern
chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. "It won t
be a stroll for any (German) club, not for Bayern
Dortmund is in one of the toughest groups of
the tournament alongside Arsenal, Marseille and
Napoli, and will be looking for revenge after fin-
ishing bottom of a group which included Arsenal
and Marseille two years ago.
New Manchester United manager David Moyes
will get his first taste of the Champions League
group stage after taking over from Alex Ferguson
this summer, and the Premier League champions
have been put in Group A along with Shakhtar
Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad.
The first group games will take place on Sep-
tember 17 and 18. (AP)
LONDON---Samuel Eto o yes-
terday became the second player
this week to join Chelsea from
The Cameroon striker signed
a one-year deal to be reunited
with Chelsea manager Jose Mour-
inho, who he played under at Inter
"I am very happy to be here
but also anxious because I want
to get playing as soon as possible,"
the four-time African footballer
of the year said. "It wasn t a hard
decision. I saw the qualities
Chelsea have, and I was very
happy with Jose Mourinho before,
so when the opportunity came, I
was very happy to take it."
Signing the 32-year-old Eto o
is at odds with Chelsea s recent
transfer policy of signing younger
players, and creates further uncer-
tainty about the futures of fellow
strikers Demba Ba and Fernando
Chelsea also signed Willian
from Anzhi this week as the pre-
viously big-spending Russian
club s owner slashed the budget.
Barcelona to face Milan
in Champions League
The former portuguese player Paulo Sousa,
shows the name of SSC Napoli, who will play in
Group F , during the UEFA Champions League
draw in Monaco, yesterday. AP PHOTO
Group A---Manchester United (England), Shakhtar Donetsk
(Ukraine), Bayer Leverkusen (Germany), Real Sociedad
Group B---Real Madrid (Spain), Juventus (Italy), Galatasaray
(Turkey), Copenhagen (Denmark).
Group C---Benfica (Portugal), Paris Saint-Germain (France),
Olympiakos (Greece), Anderlecht (Belgium).
Group D---Bayern Munich (Germany), CSKA Moscow
(Russia), Manchester City (England), Viktoria Plzen (Czech
Group E---Chelsea (England), Schalke (Germany), Basel
(Switzerland), Steaua Bucharest (Romania).
Group F---Arsenal (England), Marseille (France), Borussia
Dortmund (Germany), Napoli (Italy).
Group G---FC Porto (Portugal), Atletico Madrid (Spain),
Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia), Austria Vienna (Austria).
Group H---Barcelona (Spain), AC Milan (Italy), Ajax
(Netherlands), Celtic (Scotland
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW
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