Here's something we haven't been able to say since this blog has popped up in a small corner of the internet: Juventus are entering the next season's Champions League group stage after being a finalist the year before. So, what can "Juventus, Champions League finalist" do for an encore?
A large part of how Juventus will do in this season's competition will be determined today amidst all the club delegations in Monaco. Of course, all six of the group stage games still need to be played and hopefully won, but over the next few hours, Juventus will find out who their first three European opponents will be.
A quick refresher of all four group stage draw pots are as follows:
Pot 1: Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern München, Juventus, Benfica, Paris, Zenit, PSV Eindhoven
Pot 2: Real Madrid, Atlético, Porto, Arsenal, Man. United, Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen, Man. City
Pot 3: Shakhtar Donetsk, Sevilla, Lyon, Dynamo Kyiv, Olympiacos, CSKA Moskva, Galatasaray, Roma
Pot 4: BATE Borisov, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Wolfsburg, Dinamo Zagreb, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Gent, Malmö, Astana
Take the obvious seven other teams in Pot 1, the Rudi Garcia Invisible Violinists in Pot 3, and it's pretty much wide open from there on out. Some pretty difficult opponents await no matter who is drawn because that's how the Champions League works. And everybody sees some of those Pot 4 teams and think "OH NO NOT WOLFSBURG!" or "OH DEAR GOD PLEASE NOT MALMÖ AGAIN!" But you know something whacky will happen. You can only get so many favorable draws along the way.
Enjoy the pomp, enjoy the circumstance, enjoy the three-plus hours of pre-game before the 10 minutes of actual time when it comes to things that interest us. (Fun Champions League draws are always fun!)
I've just got one more question when it comes to the Champions League draw: So, who ya got?
How to watch
When: 5:45 p.m. in Italy/Europe; 11:45 a.m. ET; 8 p.m. on the PT (West Coast The Best Coast)
TV: Fox Sports 1 (United States); BT Sport Europe (United Kingdom); Eurosport Italy (Italy);
Online: UEFA TV (just go to the UEFA website and you will see it)
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