Friday, November 5, 1999 Published at 11:27 GMT
English sides face Italians again
The defending champions made sure against Strum Graz on Tuesday
Manchester United have been drawn with two conquerors of British teams in the second phase of the Champions League.
French champions Bordeaux make up the four-team group.
Marseille of France and Dutch side Feyenoord are also in Chelsea's section, Group D.
The complex draw was designed to keep sides who had already played each other apart, as well as ensure that teams from the same country played on different evenings for the benefit of television coverage.
United will play on Tuesday evenings throughout the six-game league stage, with Chelsea performing on Wednesdays.
Bookmakers Ladbrokes reflected United's tough opposition by lengthening their odds to retain the Champions League to 5-1.
Despite the bookies' reaction, United secretary Ken Merrett described it as a very attractive draw.
"We don't have a long history with any of the clubs but we're certainly looking forward to going to Bordeaux, Valencia and Florence," he said.
"They're great places to go to and those of us who like the wine will be delighted to be going to Bordeaux!"
"Every draw at this stage of the competition is difficult," said Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud.
"Marseille proved that Manchester United are beatable. Maybe United will take more care against the French teams now but United are still a legendary side."
Fiorentina general manager Giancarlo Antognoni looked forward to a trip to Old Trafford after his side's Wembley triumph over Arsenal.
"Manchester United are the team to beat but we have to try and finish second; we have to beat Valencia and Bordeaux," he said.
"We always have good matches against English teams and we're looking forward to it."
Groups A and B to play Tuesdays