Anderlecht to meet Milan, Zenit and Malaga

In the Champions League, the Belgian champions Anderlecht have been drawn in Group C against AC Milan, Zenit St. Petersburg and Malaga. Belgium only has one club in the Champions League group phase this year as vice-champions Club Bruges were ousted by FC Copenhagen in the preliminaries.

It's Anderlecht's first Champions League appearance in 6 years' time. Seven-time winner AC Milan and Zenit Saint Petersburg, the club of the Belgian defender Nicolas Lombaerts, start as the favourites for the top spots in the group. The first two advance, while the number 3 will switch to the Europa League after the round-robin phase with 6 days of play. The number 4 will be ousted.

Anderlecht have hopes of taking place 3 and maybe more. Malaga is a Champions League debutant, the two clashes with the Spaniards could be crucial for Anderlecht.

Milan director Umberto Gandini showed his respect for the other teams: "They are 3 difficult teams, we have to be careful not to undervalue these opponents. They should be faced with the right attitude." Anderlecht travel to Milan first, on 18 September, hosting Malaga on the second day of play on 3 October. It's Anderlecht's first Champions League appearance in 6 years' time. The Brussels club is particularly looking forward to it.