Today saw the group stage of this seasons Champions League drawn. Liverpool have replaced mainstays Manchester United, joining Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City as England’s representatives.
Five time winners Liverpool will be confident of qualification from their group. However, they will have to tackle the tournament holders, Real Madrid, on the way. Chelsea will be even more confident though. While no Champions League games are easy, they have some…well…easy games. Despite the difficulty Celtic had, The Blues shouldn’t struggle against Maribor. They have potentially tough trips to Germany and Portugal though, they will still be expected to top their group.
Arsenal’s progression will be more of a challenge. Borussia Dortmund await the Gunners, as well as a tough trip to Turkey to face Galatasaray. It’s Manchester City, however, who have it hardest out of the English sides. They have two ties against European superpower Bayern Munich to negotiate with Roma drawn as the lowest ranked side in their group.
Last years losing finalists have been drawn with Italian giants Juventus but it’s their compatriots Barcelona who sit in the inevitable ‘group of death’. They will battle it out with French champions Paris St Germain and Champions League regulars Ajax.
Champions League Groups:
Zenit St. Petersburg
Paris St Germain