I've been wondering which pot we would go into for the next CL for a while now. I followed Carlos Vela's heroics with Real Sociedad hoping for them to pip Valencia to 4th spot (which they did in dramatic fashion in the last mtachday). I cursed when Schalke got the same spot over at the Bundesliga, and I cursed the whole Milan-Fiorentina last-day craziness as they
stole beat the Viola to 3rd place (admitedly, I was a tad happy, as back then it meant more chances of us getting Jovetic).
But all of this happened cause I had Juventus' CL interest in mind, and I repeat, where the hell we would be sitting come next CL.
We currently sit 20th in UEFA club ranking, but considering that 3 teams ranked higher than us did not qualify for any CL spot (Liverpool, Valencia, Inter) we get sent to 17th as for the CL seeding, meaning we get to top pot 3.
Now, if any of Arsenal, Milan, Lyon or Schalke mess it up and exit at the knock out rounds, their loss would be our gain as we would jump up that one extra spot and get into pot 2. I repeat, their loss would be our gain...or would it?
Being seeded at a higher pot is usually a benefit, as it helps one to avoid facing the bigger guns. However, in this occasion, we have an interesting case:
Staying in pot 3 means we get a monster from pot 1 and some other from pot 2, the latter having, IMO, very good teams, but none that I truly fear facing, also considering we can't face Milan in group stage.
Advancing to pot 2 means we face the same random monster from pot 1 and another big team from pot 3 (here is the dilemma) which has very decent teams, but a couple of big guys I wouldn't mind dodging, like Galata, Man. City and..oh, wait, effing Dortmund, a team we do not want to face at group stage, cause that would mean Group of Death level Shao Kahn and Motaro combined.
Yeah, even though he is sporting black and white, we don't want to be the ninja on the right side...
So, what is best? I for one do not know for sure.
It's not up to us, but pointless debate is the heart of summer break.
OT, what's with all this pot and seed talking. I mean, phrasing is absolutely involuntary...
POT I can't help it...SEED what I mean?
...I made joke.