Real to face off with City

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Updated: August 31, 2012

Manchester City will face Real Madrid for the first time in a competitive match 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.

Real Madrid midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo admitted that Group D was the toughest.

Ronaldo said: “It is the most difficult group in my opinion and I think that’s the same for most people.

“But we are champions of Spain and we are ready to compete with everybody.”

Champions League Groups:

Group A

FC Porto (POR), Dynamo Kiev (UKR), Paris Saint-Germain (FRA), Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)

Group B Arsenal (ENG), Schalke 04 (GER), Olympiacos (GRE), Montpellier (FRA)

Group C

AC Milan (ITA), Zenit Saint Petersburg (RUS), Anderlecht (BEL), Malaga (ESP)

Group D

Real Madrid (ESP), Manchester City (ENG), Ajax (NED), Borussia Dortmund (GER)

Group E

Chelsea (ENG), Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR), Juventus (ITA), Nordsjaelland (DEN)

Group F

Bayern Munich (GER), Valencia (ESP), Lille (FRA), BATE Borisov (BLR)

Group G

Barcelona (ESP), Benfica (POR), Spartak Moscow (RUS), Celtic (SCO

Group H

Manchester United (ENG), SC Braga (POR), Galatasaray (TUR), CFR-Cluj (ROM)