Champions League Draw – Group Stage Preview
Having qualified for the group stages of the Champions League, the serious business now starts. The draw takes place later today, and it is now in the laps of the God or some UEFA bureaucrat to determine our fate.
We cannot be drawn against Liverpool, Chelsea, Machester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona or Lyons. That is the good news. The bad news is that we will be drawn against one team from each of the three pots.
Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
Bayern Munich Zenit St Petersburg Shaktar Donetsk
PSV Eindhoven Olympique Marseilles Fiorentina
Villareal Panathinaikos Anorthosis
AS Roma Steau Bucharest BATE Borisov
FC Porto Bordeaux Atletico Madrid
Werder Bremen FC Basle CFR Cluj
Sporting Lisbon Celtic AAB Aalborg
Juventus Fenerbahce Dinamo Kiev
A very mixed group of teams, remember you can not have more than one team from the same country in any on group. Pot 2 sees FC Porto, Villareal and Pires, Bayern Munich and Sporting Lisbon. The next group has Zenit St Petersburg, the UEFA Cup winners as well as Celtic. The final group sees Atletico Madrid as well the several minnows.
Let us hope of a draw like:
Arsenal, Werder Bremen, Steau Bucharest and BATE Borisov.
We must avoid:
Arsenal, AS Roma, Zenit St Petersburg and Atletico Madrid.
Te draw takes place at 5.00pm