At least there won't be a trip to Scandinavia in the group stage, right?
Juventus' group stage opponents in the Champions League are now known. Out came Manchester City from Pot 2, Sevilla from Pot 3 and Borussia Mönchengladbach in Pot 4 as Europe's premier club competition looks to challenge every bit of your ability to type and spell things correctly.
UPDATE: Here is the fixture list (home team is first):
Tuesday, Sept. 15: Manchester City vs. Juventus
Wednesday, Sept. 30: Juventus vs. Sevilla
Wednesday, Oct. 21: Juventus vs. Borussia Monchengladbach
Tuesday, Nov. 3: Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Juventus
Wednesday, Nov. 25: Juventus vs. Manchester City
Tuesday, Dec. 8: Sevilla vs. Juventus
So we get a reunion with both Fernando Llorente and Ciro Immobile. After 'Nando completed his move back to Spain earlier in the day on Thursday, you kinda figured fate would bring Llorente back to Juventus Stadium sooner rather than later. Maybe not right off the bat in the start of the group stage, but funnier things have happened.
And while it will be yet another year Juventus faces a Spanish opponent in the group stage, it will be the first time in three years that Juve will head to England. Juve and Manchester City last played in the Europa League back in 2010. You know you remember the days of Gigi Delneri screaming "MEEEEELOSH!!!" 500 times a game, right? Well, that was the case ... along with Vincenzo Iaquinta scoring on enemy soil.
Ah, those were the days. Or maybe the days before the really good days that have been around for the better part of the last four years. Yeah, those pre-good times days.
This is unquestionably one of the toughest draws there is in this season's group stage. But don't tell that to director general Beppe Marotta, who commented on things after the draw went down.
"We are Juventus and mustn't fear anything or anyone. We'll take on everyone with the right mentality, aiming to come away with a result and honouring the shirt as best we can. There are no easy teams in this group and the fact it's evenly poised means the games will be tough for every side."
The goal should be just as it always is — get out of the group stage and then try to get as far as possible. That seemed to work pretty well last season. Juventus didn't have the title of "Champions League finalist" during their charge to Berlin a year ago, but this group sure is different than that group. Maybe that's a good thing. If they make it out of one of the toughest groups there is, we'll know they're starting to live up to their potential. Along with starting to write their own story as a reigning Champions League finalist.