Arsenal have been drawn alongside last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund.
Manchester City will face Bayern Munich in the group phase of the UEFA Champions League as the draws where on Thursday conducted in Monaco.
Ahmed Musa’s CSKA Moscow was also grouped alongside Bayern while Viktoria Plzen completes Group C where the champions are placed.
In other pairings, Arsenal has been drawn alongside last season’s runners-up Borussia Dortmund, while the Gunners also have dates against Napoli and French side Olympic Marseille.
Also John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses as well as their Chelsea teammates have been given a relatively kind-looking route to the last 16 where they will face Schalke, Basel, and Steaua Bucharest
Another Nigerian player still in contention is Efe Ambrose whose Scottish team, Celtic, has been set the toughest task of the British clubs to qualify for the last 16.
Playing from Group H, Efe Ambrose’ team is grouped alongside Barcelona, who they faced in last season’s group phase. Italian giants, AC Milan, and Dutch champions, Ajax, are their other opponents.
Three-time European champions, Manchester United, were drawn in Group A and David Moyes will likely be relatively satisfied with the opponents for his first group campaign as a manager.
United will tackle Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen, who beat the Red Devils in the 2002 semi-finals, and Real Sociedad.
In Group G, 2004 European champions, Porto, will take on 2012 Europa League winners, Atletico Madrid, 2008 UEFA Cup winners, Zenit St Petersburg, and Austria Vienna.
The complete groupings:
Group A: Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Sociedad
Group B: Real Madrid, Juventus, Galatasaray, FC Copenhagen
Group C: Benfica, Paris St Germain, Olympiakos, Anderlecht
Group D: Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, Manchester City, Viktoria Plzen
Group E: Chelsea, Schalke, Basel, Steaua Bucharest
Group F: Arsenal, Marseille, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli
Group G: Porto, Atletico Madrid, Zenit St Petersburg, Austria Vienna
Group H: Barcelona, AC Milan, Ajax, Celtic
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