UEFA Champions League 2012 Group Stage Draw: Winners and Losers

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UEFA Champions League 2012 Group Stage Draw: Winners and Losers
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The draw for the group stage of the UEFA Champions League was made on Thursday, and we now know the challenge awaiting Europe's finest when the action kicks off on September 18.

As ever, we were dealt a "group of death." Real Madrid, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund all won their respective league titles last season, but that hasn't stopped them being drawn together in Group D with Ajax.

Defending champions Chelsea have also drawn one of Europe's big hitters in Italian champions Juventus, but both will feel confident of finishing ahead of Nordsjælland and Shakhtar Donetsk in Group E.

Elsewhere, there were relatively straightforward draws for Barcelona, Manchester United and Bayern Munich, while Arsenal will also be fancied to emerge in the knockout stages.

Here are my winners and losers from the draw in Monaco.

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