Barcelona, AC Milan in same group

Updated: August 25, 2011, 2:37 PM ET
Associated Press

MONACO -- Champions League winner Barcelona will begin its title defense in a group with AC Milan, BATE Borisov of Belarus and Czech newcomer Viktoria Plzen.

Manchester United, last season's runner-up, is a top seed with Benfica, Switzerland's FC Basel and Romanian newcomer Otelul Galati.

Bayern Munich, whose stadium will stage the final next May, drew a tough group with Villarreal, big spenders Manchester City and Napoli.

Real Madrid, the nine-time European champion, faces Lyon, four-time winner Ajax and Dinamo Zagreb.

Inter Milan, the 2010 winner, is seeded first in a group with CSKA Moscow, Lille and Turkey's Trabzonspor.

Each team plays six matches in a competition that runs from Sept. 13 through Dec. 7.

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