Our comment threads have already been filled with talk of the Champions League group stage draw. It started much more than just a couple of hours before the publish time of this post. It started much more than 24 hours before the publish time of this post.
The Champions League draw is certainly on the minds of many here.
And it’s about to be on the minds of just about anybody who has even the smallest of interest in one of the 32 teams involved or European football as a whole.
It’s Champions League Draw Day, boys and girls. Soon we will find out who Juventus will be playing to open the group stage, who they will be playing to close the group stage and who they will be playing in between. Another potential deep run in Europe’s elite club competition begins here, with Juve’s first three opponents determined when they are pitted against three of the team that are in today’s draw.
In case you need a reminder, here are the four different pots in which the eight groups will be originating from.
Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Juventus, Monaco, Spartak Moscow, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk
Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla, Manchester City, Porto, Manchester United
Napoli, Tottenham, Basel, Olympiakos, Anderlecht, Roma, Besiktas, Liverpool
Celtic, CSKA Moscow, Qarabag, Sporting CP, APOEL, Feyenoord, Maribor, RB Leipzig
The “Best Case/Worst Case” game has probably been played multiple times by now in a lot of peoples’ heads, if not on this here comment section before too long. There are teams in each pot you don’t want to see Juventus face in the group stage. And, in turn, there are probably a few teams you’d be more than happy seeing stroll into Allianz Stadium at some point over the next couple of months.
Now we get to actually see who Juventus will be playing their first European games against this season. The hope is that there’s plenty more than the guaranteed six games. Much, much more than that and stretching long past November and December.
Let us sit back and watch those ping pong balls bounce around those bowls, folks.
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