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

Posted on August 28, 2008, in Arsenal and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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