How will the Premier League's elite fare in the Champions League?

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England's top-four Premier League sides - Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United - all safely made it into the Champions League draw after United eased past Club Brugge in their play-off.

Europe's greatest competition kicks off in just under two weeks time with the draw held last week in Monaco and the aforementioned sides learning their fate.

Each are capable of sustaining a prolonged challenge, though some have been drawn more difficult groups than others.


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England champions Chelsea will face Dynamo Kiev, Porto and Maccabi Tel Aviv in Group G, and given Jose Mourinho’s men having not made a great start to the new Premier League season will be looking to prove that they're still one of the best teams in Europe.

The one and only time the Blues have won the Champions League was in 2011/12 under the management of Roberto Di Matteo, but should feel confident of their chances this season given their undoubted quality, but will need to tighten up defensively and get the best out of star man Eden Hazard.

Manchester City

Manchester City, on the other hand, were drawn Borussia Mönchengladbach, Juventus and Sevilla in Group D. The Citizens have struggled in the Champions League each season and have often found themselves drawn in the famous 'Group of Death'.

Their challenge this year will still be a stern one regardless of their draw, though City will just be relieved to have escaped the clutches of big boys Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

Beaten finalists last year Juventus look to be the toughest opponents and will likely be odds-on to top the group, but appear considerably weaker this time round given the departures of Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal.

And coupled with City's mass spending spree this summer, Manuel Pellegrini will be fully expecting his side to take the Champions League by the scruff of the neck and finally show why they're one of Europe's best sides.


Of the four sides, the Gunners have arguably been drawn the hardest group which includes Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb.

Bayern will undoubtedly be favourites to top this group but Arsenal are more than the capable of qualifying and competing for that top spot, especially given their respectable record against the Bavarians.

Arsene Wenger's men have the pace and flair to cause their opponents problems in this season's competition but even the most optimistic Gunners fan would not expect them to win the tournament, though a new striker and centre-defensive midfielder in the transfer window just gone would have likely bettered their chances considerably.

Manchester United

Finally, the Red Devils have been drawn CSKA Moscow, PSV and Wolfsburg in Group B. United fans will be quietly confident and Louis van Gaal’s team are more than capable of dominating this group.

Memphis Depay will get the opportunity to face his boyhood club PSV after completing his dream £31 million move to Old Trafford, while CSKA Moscow will prove to be no easy obstacle to defeat.

Wolfsburg look to be the major challenge after their impressive Bundesliga campaign last season, in which they finished second, though without star man Kevin De Bruyne United might fancy their chances.

The Premier League has endured somewhat of a torrid time in the Champions League in recent years, having not won the coveted trophy since 2012 when Chelsea, against all odds, upstaged Bayern in the most dramatic of circumstances.

But with a new look Manchester City firing on all cylinders so far this season and Chelsea, Arsenal and United always likely to pick up form, there is every chance that the Champions League could return to British shores.

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