Copa Oro

Barcelona gets favorable CL draw

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MONACO (AP) Barcelona got a favorable start to its title defense, Zlatan Ibrahimovic's wish to go home was granted and Benfica was given the longest trip in Champions League history on Thursday.

The group-stage draw also means Bayern Munich play Arsenal for the third time in four seasons and sent Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho back to Porto where he won his first Champions League title.

Manchester United's return after a one-year absence will be at Group B's top-seeded club whose best player it bought in the offseason. United's new No. 7 Memphis Depay can look forward to a Sept. 15 date back at PSV Eindhoven.

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