Thursday, August 24, 2006

2006/07 UEFA Champions League Draw

Here are my quick impressions -

Easy Groups - D, H & F
Valencia, AC Milan and Manchester United all drew, IMHO, easy groups. Valencia should only really have a problem with AS Roma; AC Milan should only have a problem with...Lille, maybe; and Manchester United should only have a problem with Benfica.

Groups of Death - A, B, & G
Barca and Chelsea plus Werder Breman equals a really tough group. Inter with Bayern and Sporting Lisbon could be just as bad. Arsenal and Porto with Hamburg should be pretty interesting.

My Predictions:(1st & 2nd)
Group A: Barcelona & Chelsea
Group B: Inter Milan & Sporting Lisbon
Group C: Liverpool & PSV
Group D: Valencia & AS Roma
Group E: Real Madrid & Lyon
Group F: Manchester United & Benfica
Group G: Arsenal & FC Porto
Group H: AC Milan & Lille

I really see Bayern failing to make it out of the group phase. They might snag the 3rd spot and get dumped into the UEFA Cup, but their midfield situation seems to be over shadowing everything else this season. Look for them to only be contending for Domestic silverware this season.


Blogger Thomas Shawn said...

I heard Chelsea grumbling that they drew a tough group 3 of the last 4 years .. you think there's some hi-jinx going on?

-Big Revolution & Arsenal fan

8:21 AM  
Blogger Brian said...

I don't really think that there is any hi-jinx going on, I do think that UEFA needs to re-evaluate how they seed their clubs for the draw. Having Man Utd. (whom I support) who did not make it out of the group phase last season a #1 seed, yet have Bayern, who made the Quarter Finals and has won the Euro cup since United has, as a #2 seed, doesn;t make sense.

Chelsea as 2 time defending EPL champion probably should have been in the #1 Seed pool instead of Man Utd., but who knows and now we get two Chelski/Barca matches to enjoy.

6:58 AM  

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