Thursday, August 30, 2012

Champions League draw - could have been worse but PSG best chance for Ligue 1

The draw could have been much worse for Ligue 1, but I still do not hold out much hope for either Lille or Montpellier to advance. The draw.

Groupe A
FC Porto (Portugal)
FC Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)
Paris Saint-Germain (France)
GNK Dinamo Zagreb (Croatie)

PSG and Porto should emerge, but Kiev will not be an easy task. And two Eastern European clubs are not easy for anyone.
Groupe B
Arsenal FC (Angleterre)
FC Schalke 04 (Allemagne)
Olympiakos FC (Grèce)
Montpellier  Hérault SC (France)

Giroud will face his old mates at Montpellier. The defending Ligue 1 champs do not have a horrible draw, but I still see them finishing last. Arsenal and Schalke move on.

Groupe C
AC Milan (Italie)
FC Zenit Saint-Pétersbourg (Russie)
RSC Anderlecht (Belgique)
Malaga CF (Espagne)

Lots of famous names in this group, but teams that are not at the "top" of their stature. Malaga could surprise out of this group and I would also not be surprised if Milan did not emerge. Malaga and Zenit move on.

Groupe D
Real Madrid CF (Espagne)
Manchester City FC (Angleterre)
AFC Ajax (Pays-Bas)
Borussia Dortmund (Allemagne)

Always need one...the group of death. But this should be a fantastic group. Will Manchester City avoid wetting their pants again? Not sure. Real will be chomping at the bit. I look for Dortmund to pull off the surprise and move on with Real Madrid. Sorry citizens.

Groupe E
Chelsea FC (Angleterre)
FC Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)
Juventus (Italie)
FC Nordsjaelland (Danemark)

Should have been Tottenham's group...bahahaaaa. The minnow from Danemark will be fodder for the other clubs. I think Donetsk will prove to be a handful but in the end regular service - Juventus and Chelsea through.

Groupe F
Bayern Munich (Allemagne)
Valence CF (Espagne)
LOSC Lille (France)
FC BATE Borisov (Biélorussie)

No favors for Lille, they are fortunate to get Borisov but not so fortunate with the other two teams. Another interesting return home as Rami of Valence will face off versus his former club Lille. The dogues of Lille are not the same since they have been gutted of the likes of Hazard and Rami. Bayern and Valence through.

Groupe G
FC Barcelone (Espagne)
SL Benfica (Portugal)
FC Spartak Moscou (Russie)
Celtic FC (Ecosse)

Are you serious? Can any of these teams not named Barcelona give said Barcelona any trouble? It will come down to Spartak and Benfica for second. I will go with the Portuguese. Barca and Benfica through.

Groupe H
Manchester United FC (Angleterre)
SC Braga (Portugal)
Galatasaray AS (Turquie)
CFR 1907 Cluj (Roumanie)

Again, are you serious? Is it me or does Manchester United find a "way" to always draw an easy group?? Then again going to Turkey will be no cake walk. ManU and Galatasary through.

 Can't wait for the games to start. Should be another interesting Champions League season.

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