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  Thursday, 29 August, 2002, 14:02 GMT 15:02 UK
Europe's big guns kept apart
The four English clubs in this season's Champions League have avoided most of Europe's biggest teams in the first round.

Manchester United have a chance to avenge their elimination at the semi-final stage of last season when they were drawn with Bayer Leverkusen.

Liverpool face Spanish champions Valencia while holders Real Madrid have been paired with Roma.

Arsenal's opponents include Borussia Dortmund while Newcastle United's biggest threat will come from Juventus.

The toughest group appears to be Group G which includes former winners Bayern Munich, Deportivo La Coruna and Italian giants AC Milan.

Champions League first round draw from Monaco:

Group A:
Arsenal
Borussia Dortmund
PSV Eindhoven
Auxerre

Group B:
Valencia
Liverpool
Spartak Moscow
Basel

Group C:
Real Madrid
Roma
AEK Athens
Genk

Group D:
Inter Milan
Lyon
Ajax
Rosenborg

Group E:
Juventus
Feyenoord
Dynamo Kiev
Newcastle United

Group F:
Manchester United
Bayer Leverkusen
Olympiakos
Maccabi Haifa

Group G:
Bayern Munich
Deportivo La Coruna
AC Milan
Lens

Group H:
Barcelona
Galatasaray
Lokomotiv Moscow
Club Bruges

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BBC Five Live's Nigel Adderley
"Group G is the toughest group"
Newcastle coach John Carver
"The excitement is overwhelming"
Man Utd chief executive Peter Kenyon:
"We're happy with the group"

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