Real Madrid, Manchester City, Ajax and Borussia Dortmund
Chelsea, Shakhtar Donestk, Juventus and Nordsjaelland
Bayern Munich, Valencia, Lille and Bate Borissov
FC Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moscow and Celtic
Manchester United, Sporting Braga, Galatasary and CFR Cluj
Group G is a group full of storied teams. This Thursday afternoon’s draw at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco paired Tito Vilanova’s men up with Nolito’s Benfica, UnaiEmery’s SpartakMoscow and the well-known Celtic FC, in Group G.
Barça have played against these three teams in past editions of the Champions League. Benfica edged FC Barcelona by 3-2 in the 1960/61 season in the cursed ‘woodwork final‘ in Bern. Barça also played against the Lisbon team in the Catalans’ 1992 and 2006 triumphant Champion League bids.
Barça have only played against Spartak Moscow on one occasion. It was in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in the 1993/94 season. The Azulgranas beat Spartak, but then lost in the Athens final to AC Milan.
Of all the teams in Group G, FC Barcelona have played against Celtic FC the most. In total, the two teams have battled it out on four occasions. The record between Celtic FC and FC Barcelona is two wins apiece.
Complete match schedule
19/9 - FC Barcelona - Spartak 2/10 - Benfica - FC Barcelona 23/10 - FC Barcelona – Celtic 7/11 - Celtic - FC Barcelona 20/11 - Spartak - FC Barcelona 5/12 - FC Barcelona-Benfica