2014-15 Champions League draw: Tough task ahead Liverpool , Man City

The draw
The draw

Liverpool will have a glamorous return to the Champions League after being drawn against holders Real Madrid in the group stage.

Five-times European champions Liverpool will face 10-times winners face Real as well as Basle and Ludogorets – the Bulgarian side who had a fairy-tale win in the play-offs – in Group B while there was a familiar look to the draw for the three other English sides.

Manchester City have perhaps the toughest group – they will face Bayern Munich for the third time in four years – plus CSKA Moscow and Roma in Group E, while Arsenal will play Borussia Dortmund for the second year running as well as Galatasaray and Anderlecht in Group D

In Group G, Chelsea will play German side Schalke for the second consecutive season plus Sporting Lisbon and Maribor.

Real Madrid may be a daunting prospect for Brendan Rodgers’ side, but Liverpool beat the Spanish giants 5-0 on aggregate in 2009 including a 4-0 hammering at Anfield.

 

 

The draw in full:

Group A:     Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Olympiakos, Malmo

Group B:       Real Madrid, Basel, Liverpool, Ludogorets Razgrad

Group C:       Benfica, Zenit St Petersburg, Bayer Leverkusen, Monaco

Group D:       Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Galatasaray, Anderlecht

Group E:       Bayern Munich, Manchester City, CSKA Moscow, Roma

Group F:       Barcelona, Paris St-Germain, Ajax, APOEL Nicosia,

Group G:       Chelsea, Schalke, Sporting Lisbon, Maribor

Group H: Porto, Shakhtar Donetsk, Athletic Bilbao, BATE Borisov

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