The draw for the group stage of the Champions League produced groups with traps for the four Spanish teams, especially for Real Madrid, which had the most difficult opponent in pot 3 and one of the most difficult also in pot 4, after fortune joined him in Pot 2. All four appear as favorites in the predictions to advance to the next round, but they cannot afford to be distracted. One of the bombings of the draw was the clash between Barcelona and Juventus in Group G, which will measure Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the two dominators of football in the last decade.
Leo Messi against Cristiano Ronaldo to start. The Barca of Ronald Koeman will face a group stage of the Champions League affordable to be in the second round after the draw held this afternoon in Geneva. The Catalans, still with the fresh memory of Bayern 2-8, will have to deal with Juventus, with whom they will play first place in principle, Dinamo Kyiv and Ferencvaros.
As for the double duel with the ‘Juventus’, which Barcelona won in their last final in Berlin-2015, there will be more morbidity when Miralem Pjanic and Arthur Melo play against their former teams, as well as Matthijs de Ligt against Frenkie de Jong. Andrea Pirlo and Ronald Koeman will also star in an interesting duel on the benches.
The Real Madrid, who has two consecutive years falling in the second round against Ajax and Manchester City respectively, avoided the ‘coconut’ of the second cup and will face the Shakhtar Donetsk but was spared the brunt of the cup 3. The Inter of Arturo Vidal and Lautaro Martinez. And from the fourth, the uncomfortable Borussia Monchengladbach fell.
The Atletico Madrid, a quarter-finalist in last year and eliminated by the Leipzig after taking on Liverpool in the second round, will cross champion Bayern, thankless remember for Luis Suarez and all Atletico fans by the end of 1974. The Red Bull Salzburg and Lokomotiv Moscow complete group A.
As for Sevilla, the brand new champion of the 2019-20 Europa League, it is not bad since they will play with Chelsea but also against Krasnodar and Rennes.
Two other groups with a lot of quality
In the rest of the groups, D with Liverpool, Ajax, Atalanta, and Midtjylland stand out, as well as H with PSG, Manchester United, Leipzig, and Istanbul Basaksehir.
Affordable for the City
One more year, luck returned to smile at Manchester City, a rival in Group C of Porto, Olympiacos, and Olympique de Marseille. And the F will be the one of less media interest with Zenit, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, and Club Brugge.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ALL THE GROUPS
Real Madrid, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan, B. Monchengladbach,
Porto, Manchester City, Olympiacos, Olympique Marseille,
Sevilla, Chelsea, Krasnodar, Rennes,
Zenit, Borussia Dortmund, Lazio, Club Bruges,
THE Champions League CALENDAR WILL NOT BE KNOWN UNTIL THIS FRIDAY
THE DATES of Champions League matches
J-1: October 20-21
J-2: October 27-28
J-3: 3-4 November
J-4: November 24-25
J-5: December 1-2
J-6: December 8-9
1/8 final: February 16-17-23-24 and March 9-10-16-17
1/4 final: 6-7 and 13-14 April
Semis: April 27-28 and May 4-5
Final: May 29 (Istanbul, Ataturk)