Easy draw for British clubs

by Ashleigh Rose

Thursday, August 27th, 2009
 

The Champions League draw was bit of anti-climax, wasn’t it really? No Ronaldo Old Trafford reunion, no Jose Mourinho return and not even a tasty tie with Juventus or Rangers for our English clubs. Instead the so called ‘big four’ can be relatively happy with their respective groups and as much as Michel Plantini wont like it, should find themselves safely through to the knockout stage. However Elsewhere around Europe the draw has thrown together some early mouth-watering match ups.

Group A
Bayern Munich
Juventus
Bordeaux
Maccabi Haifa

The obvious two that stick out from this first group in Bayern and Juve, who both can call on a wealth of talent including the likes Ribery and Diego and should provide some entertaining matches. However don’t discount French Champions Bordeaux who stopped Lyon’s dominance of the France last season. None of them teams will fancy the long trip to Israel either, where vital points maybe lost.

Group B
Man Utd
CSKA Moscow
Besiktas
Wolfsburg

Despite drawing the German champions Wolfsburg, Alex Ferguson will be quite content with this lot. Ok, you can hear the complaints of long away trips being blamed for dropped Premier League points but they should be winnable games for United. Wolfsburg will be delighted though to have a crack at the 2008 champs in their first Champions League campaign.

Group C
Real Madrid
AC Milan
Marseille
FC Zurich

Instead of Ronaldo, it’s Kaka who will make a quick return to his old club, as Real tackle AC in what should be two top draw games. Add in Marseille and FC Zurich couldn’t have wished for a bigger baptism in their first Champions League adventure.

Group D
Chelsea
Porto
Atletico Madrid
APOEL

Jose Mourinho’s two ex lovers meet once again, as Chelsea meet Porto in Group D. The real test for Chelsea though, will be the games against Atlectico and one Sergio Augero, who will the Blues have been heavily linked with for most of the summer. You just see the Argentine making Ancelotti and his team wish they had – well lets hope so anyway.

Group E
Liverpool
Lyon
Fiorentina
Debrecen

If Liverpool continue to play like they did on Monday night against Villa, then they’re going to be in right trouble with a group that includes season Champions Leaguers Lyon and the ever-improving Fiorentina. A tricky trip to Hungary also awaits Rafa’s men.

Group F
Barcelona
Inter Milan
Dinamo Kiev
Rubin Kazan

Samuel Eto’o and Ibrahmovich make swift returns to the clubs they swapped it was is yet another class game in the group stage. Sky’s red button is going to take a hell of beating during these early rounds!

Group G
Sevilla
Rangers
Stuttgart
Unirea Urziceni

After being torn apart by Arsenal in pre-season Rangers will be pleased to have avoided another ‘battle of Britain’ (as if battle is the right word), as well as the bigger European teams. However I’d still be surprised to see them in the knockout stages.

Group H
Arsenal
AZ Alkmaar
Olympiakos
Standard Leige

The Gunners swept Celtic aside in the qualifiers and will be looking to inflict more pain in a group that they should sail through.

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  • Iain

    Not a bad draw for the English teams. Rangers won’t have a better chance of getting through to the next stage. Any team will be hoping to be drawn against whoever comes out of group G though.

    Will be looking forward to seeing AC Milan vs Real Madrid though. Should be the game(s) of the group stages!

  • Darren

    should be a tougher comp for the English clubs, especially now La Liga is much stronger. Real were terrible last season, a total embarrassment to their league. Surely Raul won’t get a game, along with Imbrahevic is the most over rated of the last 10 years.

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