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Rodgers' Reds face a Real test

BRENDAN Rodgers faces a Champions League grind, and Real Madrid's Galaticos along the way to, qualify from a tough Champions League group phase fixture list.

Liverpool will face defending champions Real as well as Basel and Bulgarian fairy tale team Ludogorets in Group B.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has the toughest group to deal with, meeting Bayern Munich for the third time in four years, plus CSKA Moscow, who they took on last season, and Roma in Group E.

Arsenal will play Borussia Dortmund for the second year running as well as Galatasaray and Anderlecht in Group D and in Group G, while Chelsea Schalke 04 for the second consecutive season plus Sporting Lisbon and Celtic's conquerors Maribor.