Champions League Group Stage Draw: Debutants Leicester City Pitted Against Porto, Man City Inevitably Face Pep’s Old Team

Chris Wright

25th, August 2016



As you may be aware, Leicester City won the Premier League title last season.

As a direct result, they found themselves lumped into Pot 1 for the Champions League group stage draw alongside the likes of established heavyweights Barcelona, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus and PSG.

After the obligatory and ever extending period of pre- and mid-draw UEFA guff, the balls were plucked from the perspex pots of destiny and the Foxes’ reward for storming the big boys’ table is a group consisting of themselves and Porto, Club Brugge and Copenhagen. No bother.

The Champions League 2016/17 group stage draw in full…

Group A: Paris Saint-Germain, Arsenal, FC Basel, Ludogorets.

Group B: Benfica, Napoli, Dynamo Kiev, Besiktas.

Group C: Barcelona, Man City, Borussia Monchengladbach, Celtic.

Group D: Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, PSV Eindhoven, Rostov.

Group E: CSKA Moscow, Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham, Monaco.

Group F: Real Madrid, Dortmund, Sporting Lisbon, Legia Warsaw.

Group G: Leicester City, Porto, Club Brugge, FC Copenhagen.

Group H: Juventus, Sevilla, Lyon, Dinamo Zagreb.

If Leicester acclimatise quickly to the pomp and circumstance of the Big Cup™, there’s no reason for them not to squeak through from that group. Their draw really couldn’t have been much more favourable if it had been rigged.

Obviously, Barca-Man City will be insufferable for ‘Pep narrative’ reasons, while Arsenal and Spurs shouldn’t have much trouble finishing second in their respective groups – thus ensuring they both go out in the second round as nature intended.

Any thoughts on this year’s draw, Pies fans?