Champions League group of death August 24, 2022 – Posted in: Soccer
The Champions League group stage is nearly upon us and like every year, it’s going to be a cracker.
Since Liverpool suffered defeat to Real Madrid in last year’s showpiece event in Paris, fans have been waiting to see the competition back on our screens.
Europe’s biggest and best clubs prepare to go head to head with their opponents being decided at 4pm on Thursday, August 25 in Istanbul, Turkey.
From the Premier League, England have four clubs who could, and should, be targeting a run to the final stages of the competition – those clubs are Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.
The English quartet will be dreaming of a lenient route through to the knockout stages of the competition, but as ever, there’s the genuine possibility of being named on the competition’s ‘group of death’.
Man City are the only Premier League side to be placed in Pot 1, where they’ll avoid Real Madrid, Eintracht Frankfurt, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto and Ajax in the group stage.
Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham have all been put into Pot 2 alongside Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and RB Leipzig.
Of course teams from the same country can’t play each other in the group stage, while Pot 2, Pot 3 and Pot 4 will be decided by UEFA coefficient.
Champions League group stage pots
Champions League group stage pots (subject to change)
Real Madrid, Eintracht Frankfurt, Man City, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto, Ajax
Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, RB Leipzig, Tottenham
Borussia Dortmund, Salzburg, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, Napoli, Benfica, Sporting Lisbon, Bayer Leverkusen
Marseille, Club Brugge, Celtic, Maccabi Haifa, Viktoria Plzen
TBC: Rangers/PSV, Dinamo Zabreb/Bodo/Glimt, Copenhagen/Trabzonspor
For the Premier League teams, there are some tough-looking groups that they could be facing.
City go into the competition as one of the favourites to go all the way, but in previous years they’ve come unstuck against some of the bigger names in the tournament.
For Pep Guardiola’s side, they’ll be delighted to avoid the biggest names in the competition, but could still face a very tricky time if the draw doesn’t go their way.
Manchester City’s dream group: City, Sevilla, Shakhtar Donetsk, Viktoria Plzen
Manchester City’s nightmare group: City, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Celtic
For Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp’s side could face a swift reunion with Real Madrid who conquered them in last season’s final in Paris.
They could also face Klopp’s former club Borussia Dortmund and face a trip to Parkhead if things don’t go their way in the draw.
Liverpool’s dream group: Eintracht Frankfurt, Liverpool, Benfica, Club Brugge
Liverpool’s nightmare group: Real Madrid, Liverpool, Borussia Dortmund, Celtic
Thomas Tuchel’s side will be determined to enjoy a good year in the Champions League, but will need to conquer the group stages first.
The Blues reached the quarter finals last year, but will be hoping to push towards the final, or even winning the trophy as they did so successfully back in 2021.
Chelsea’s dream group: Porto, Chelsea, Shakhar Donetsk, Club Brugge
Chelsea’s nightmare group: Real Madrid, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Celtic
Spurs fans will be delighted to be back in Europe’s premier competition, but the challenge will be ensuring that they are in it long enough to make a real statement.
Antonio Conte’s side are more than capable of progessing deep into the knockout stages, but they could be at risk of seeing their hopes derailed should they be handed a tricky draw.
They definitely won’t want Bayern Munich give the 7-2 pasting they received in 2019.
Tottenham’s dream group: Porto, Tottenham, Shakhar Donetsk, Club Brugge
Tottenham’s nightmare group: Bayern Munich, Tottenham, Inter Milan, Marseille
There’s even the prospect of a Champions League group of death.
It’s possible that Real Madrid and Liverpool could be pitted against each other in a swift rematch from their Champions League final in May in a blockbuster showdown.
They could see themselves joined by Inter Milan, who finished second in Serie A last term and are one of Europe’s most feared teams, and Celtic.
Ange Postecoglou’s side may not be seen as favourites to progress to the knockout stages, but with Parkhead being one of the most atmospheric grounds in European football it means that any side will be wary of heading to Glasgow to take on the Bhoys.
While it would be a nightmare for the clubs, involved, football fans all over the world would be watching with their popcorn in what would undoubtedly be the most entertaining group in the Champions League.
Potential group of death: Real Madrid, Liverpool, Inter Milan, Celtic.
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