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Soccer: Juve get Chelsea, Milan Zenit

Italians avoid most of the big guns

Soccer: Juve get Chelsea, Milan Zenit

(ANSA) - Rome, August 30 - Italian champions Juventus drew European champs Chelsea while AC Milan got Zenit St Petersburg in the group stage of the Champions League Thursday. Aside from Juve's being pitted against Roberto Di Matteo's surprise 2012 champs the two Italian teams had a fairly good draw, avoiding giants like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and the two Manchester clubs, City and United. Juventus last met Chelsea in the Champions League last 16 in 2009, when the Blues won 3-2 on aggregate. Draw for the 2012-13 Champions League group stage, held in Monaco on Thursday: Group A Porto Dynamo Kiev Paris St Germain Dinamo Zagreb Group B Arsenal Schalke 04 Olympiakos Piraeus Montpellier HSC Group C AC Milan Zenit St Petersburg Anderlecht Malaga Group D Real Madrid Manchester City Ajax Amsterdam Borussia Dortmund Group E Chelsea Shakhtar Donetsk Juventus Nordsjaelland Group F Bayern Munich Valencia Lille BATE Borisov Group G Barcelona Benfica Spartak Moscow Celtic Group H Manchester United Braga Galatasaray CFR Cluj First matches to be played Sept. 18 and 19. photo: Claudio Marchisio tussles with Ashley Cole in 2-2 draw in Turin that put Chelsea through in 2009

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