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Real Madrid's Champions League Draw: Getting to Know the Group
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Unthinkable.

Unimaginable. 

Unfair.

Real Madrid have found themselves in the so-called "Group of Death." 

Along with Eredivisie winner's Ajax, English Premier League winner's Manchester City and Bundesliga winner's Borussia Dortmund, Jose Mourinho and Real Madrid will compete for a spot in the knockout stages of the competition.

It's certainly not a pleasing draw for Madrid fans. Other top clubs, like Manchester United and rival FC Barcelona, have comparatively easier groups. Not to mention that it's more than a little questionable why a Premier League champion was in the second pot and a Bundesliga champion was in the last pot. 

But nevertheless, this is a fate that Madrid are left with.

However...it's worth reminding that Real Madrid are what makes the group so menacing in the first place.  They will deservedly be favorites to progress. Anything short of another semi-final would be a major disappointment—and even that is selling this talented unit short. 

And so let's meet the other competitors in the group and see how they match up...

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