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Champions League draw - LIVE!
Live coverage of the draw for the group stages of the Champions League, where all 32 teams wait to find out their rivals in the upcoming edition of Europe's premier club competition.

10:25 PM IST

29/08/13

Messi and Ribery are up on stage for the live vote for Europe's best player. The other player shortlisted, Cristiano Ronaldo, is in Galicia with Real Madrid for a friendly against Deportivo La Coruna which is just about to kick off.

And the winner is: RIBERY!

11:40 PM IST

29/08/13

That's all from our LIVE coverage of the Champions League draw. Stay tuned to the site for more reactions from our experts, as well as the players, coaches and key men involved in the 32 teams participating in this season's competition.

Thanks for joining us!

11:20 PM IST

29/08/13

Greg Stobart on Celtic:

"Celtic put in so much work to win their qualifier last night - and this is the reward they get. There have been some special European nights at Celtic Park in recent years - not least in defeating Barcelona last season - but you fear they are destined to finish bottom of a horrible Group H."

11:15 PM IST

29/08/13

Goal's international football expert Peter Staunton on what the draw means to Shakhtar and CSKA.

"Shakhtar have not yet fully integrated their latest batch of overseas players but will be reasonably confident of progressing provided they can get their act together in time for the group stages. Much like at Manchester United it has been a summer of change at Donetsk. Rather than changes on the bench, which have taken place at United, it's the playing staff that has been significantly overhauled for Lucescu's team. Moyes has not got much Champions League experience and United have not impressed in the competiton in recent seasons so are there for the taking. Leverkusen have lost some key players over the summer and are relatively inexperienced at this level so could struggle against the rhythms of Shakhtar. Sociedad could be a sticky side to play against given that they put out a decent Lyon but if Shakhtar are to have any designs on a run towards the semi-finals then the Spaniards are the type of side that needs to be put away routinely."

"Not a good draw for CSKA. Someone had to draw the defending champions and it is the Russian title-holders who have done so. Moscow in the deep winter is not an enticing prospect for any side, however, and Bayern will be no different. Given the strength of this group home form will be key for Leonid Slutsky's side. City have not yet impressed in this competition but boast a manager in Pellegrini who can organise them well and make sure they win those must-win games. Unfortunately for CSKA two of those will be against them. Matches against Plzen will be vital and CSKA can forget about progressing if they slip up in either."

11:08 PM IST

29/08/13

Yanick Vos, from Goal Netherlands, on Ajax:

"'It can't be heavier then last season', said Frank de Boer. But after a group with Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City, Ajax have again drawn a extremely heavy pool. The goal of Ajax will be to survive the group stage. But with Barcelona and AC Milan as favourites, De Boer's team will probably fight for a spot in the Europa League, together with Celtic."

11:05 PM IST

29/08/13

Expert views on Bayern and Dortmund from Goal Germany:

"It would come as a huge surprise if Bayern did not make to the next round," says Daniel Buse. "The title holders will fight Manchester City for first place - and should be able to hold off CSKA and Plzen to advance quite easily.“

"Borussia Dortmund have a stronger team than last year, even if Mario Gotze left for Bayern Munich," explains Stefan Döring. "The group is much easier than last year and the club can look forward to old rivals; two years ago Borussia played Arsenal und Marseille. Napoli is a great match for the supporters."

11:02 PM IST

29/08/13

Greg on Manchester United:

"Manchester United manager David Moyes would have hoped for an easier debut campaign in the Champions League, but he will be reasonably satisfied. Real Sociedad are an unknown quantity and Shakhtar Donetsk represent a very tricky opponent - especially away from home - but United should progress fairly comfortably."

11:00 PM IST

29/08/13

Goal's Greg Stobart on Chelsea and City:

"Chelsea will be happy to have avoided all of the really dangerous sides in the other pots and after their early exit last season, they should cruise to victory in Group E. Having faced both Basel and Steaua Bucharest in the Europa League last season, there will be no nasty surprises for Jose Mourinho’s men."

"It’s not quite the Group of champions that was so disastrous last season, but Manchester City supporters’ hearts would have sunk when they were drawn alongside Bayern Munich. In truth, though, while CSKA Moscow will present a challenge, City have a strong enough squad to easily qualify alongside Pep Guardiola's holders."

10:54 PM IST

29/08/13

Some Portuguese reaction now:

"Benfica have a very good opportunity to end among the 16 best teams in Europe. With no continental champions to face, the Portuguese sides should beat Olympiacos and Anderlecht to get second place of Group C, while PSG seems to be the most powerful team of the four," says Goal Spain's Nicolas de Marco.

"Porto will battle against Atletico Madrid one more time in the Champions League; they won their encounter a few seasons ago, but this time the outcome could be different," says Goal Spain's Iago Lago. Zenit and Vienna seem more accessible and the Portuguese should get a place in the second round of the tournament."

10:50 PM IST

29/08/13

Goal France's Naim Beneddra on Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain:

"For Marseille, this looks very complicated. Although this is not the Group of Death, we can say that OM could not have drawn a worse selection, including Napoli from pot 4. Two years ago, Marseille were able to get through a group which included Dortmund and Arsenal. This time, it will be extremely difficult."

"Like last year, PSG have done quite well here. The champion of France has a very negotiable group: Benfica are the least strong side from Pot 1, while Olympiacos and Anderlecht have pedigree but cannot compete with the likes of Ibrahimovic and Cavani."

10:42 PM IST

29/08/13

Goal's Barcelona correspondent Pilar Suarez on the Catalans' draw:

"Barcelona will try to recover the European crown and their first obstacles will be AC Milan and Celtic, two old foes whose defensive walls seem to be the biggest threats to the Catalan side in a not-so-scary Group H."

10:40 PM IST

29/08/13

"Real Madrid are big favourites to win Group B," says Goal Spain's Real Madrid correspondent Alberto Piñero. "It's a much easier draw than last year. The game against Juventus could be very exciting. The Italian side were the opponents for Madrid's seventh Champions League victory in 1998, while the club was home to Ancelotti and Zidane for a while and now Fernando Llorente. A must-see clash."

10:35 PM IST

29/08/13

Goal Italy's Sergio Chesi on the Serie A sides.

"It's not a bad draw for Juventus. It will be a fascinating clash versus Real Madrid, but the Old Lady cannot fear Galatasaray or Copenaghen. The Bianconeri have a big chance to go through the group stage if they do their job versus the Turkish and Danish sides. The matches against Real Madrid will determine the group winner."

"At the Milan headquarters, they will be crazy after being drawn alongside Barcelona again. It's the third Champions League in a row in which the Rossoneri will face Messi & co. However, Allegri can still be happy and confident to qualify to the next stage: Ajax and Celtic aren't top opponents for Milan."

"Everyone at Napoli knew that this would be a tough draw - and it was. But it's not an impossible mission for Rafa Benitez's side to go through. After the Azzurri were successful (in second) two years ago in a group containing Bayern, City and Villarreal, they can emulate that in a slightly less competitive group this time alongside Arsenal, Marseille and Borussia Dortmund."


10:30 PM IST

29/08/13

Some reaction to the draw now...

UK correspondent Greg Stobart first: "For the second time in three seasons, Arsenal find themselves drawn alongside Marseille and Borussia Dortmund - and Napoli’s inclusion in the final pot has given them a nasty looking group. Arsene Wenger will sense that the key fixtures will come against the Italian side if the Gunners are to progress from the group and achieve their customary last-16 exit."

10:17 PM IST

29/08/13

Finally, in Group E, Chelsea, Schalke and Basel are joined by Steaua Bucharest.

10:15 PM IST

29/08/13

FC Copenhagen in Group B with Madrid, Juventus and Galatasaray.

Celtic complete a competitive Group H alongside Barcelona, Milan and Ajax.

Austria Vienna meet Porto, Atletico and Zenit in Group G.

In Group D, Bayern, CSKA and City are joined by Viktoria Plzen.

10:09 PM IST

29/08/13

Anderlecht meet Benfica, Paris Saint-Germain and Olympiacos in Group C, with all to play for all of those sides.

10:07 PM IST

29/08/13

Real Sociedad go into Group A with Manchester United, Shakhtar and Bayer Leverkusen. Some difficult games there, too.

10:05 PM IST

29/08/13

Napoli complete Group F and will meet Arsenal, Marseille and Dortmund. Now that is a Group of Death. Ouch.

10:02 PM IST

29/08/13

Pot 3: Basel meet Chelsea and Schalke in Group E; Oympiacos join Benfica and PSG in Group C; Galatasaray to feature in Group B with Madrid and Juventus; Leverkusen go into group A with Manchester United and Shakhtar; Ajax to face Barcelona and Milan in Group H; Manchester City to play Bayern Munich and CSKA in Group D; Dortmund go into Group F with Arsenal and Marseille.