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Champions League: Five players for British teams to fear (1)

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Thursday's hotly anticipated Champions League group stage draw certainly did not disappoint as Britain's five representatives were each dealt decidedly different hands in Monaco. 

Premier League champions Manchester United, who last reached the Champions League final in 2009, were drawn in Group A against Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk, Sami Hyypia's Bayer Leverkusen and La Liga side Real Sociedad. 

United's cross-city rivals, Manchester City, were placed in Group D alongside defending champions Bayern Munich, Russian club CSKA Moscow and Czech champions Viktoria Plzen. 

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, who won the competition for the very first time in 2012, will look to top Group E after being drawn against Bundesliga side Schalke 04, Swiss champions Basel and Steaua Bucharest of Romania. 

Arsenal, meanwhile, will surely have to be at their best to advance from a tough Group F that includes Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund, Ligue 1 title hopefuls Marseille and Rafael Benitez's Napoli. 

Whereas Arsenal certainly face a challenge to qualify for the latter rounds, SPL champions Celtic have been handed an almost impossible task. Neil Lennon's men will contest Group H against Catalan giants Barcelona, Serie A side AC Milan and Dutch club Ajax. 

With the draw now complete, GMS looks at one player from each group featuring a British team that could pose the biggest threat in the early stages this season...

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Robert Lewandowski
UEFA Champions League
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