Top six conclusions: Champions League draw

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28th, August 2008

The high-rollers meet in Monte Carlo for draw
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1. Liverpool are going to struggle. In their current form and up against PSV Eindhoven, Marseille and Atletico Madrid, it could spell trouble.
2. The Champions League just loves to pit Manchester United and Celtic. They met in the 2006-07 group stage too. Man Yoo should progress easily enough though. Villarreal are tricky customers, but they will expect to beat Celtic and Aalborg of Denmark.
3. Chelsea are also dead certs for the next round. Roma, Bordeaux and CFR Cluj equals easy group.


4. Arsenal’s group doesn’t look so straightforward. Porto, Fenerbahce and Dynamo Kiev will provide solid opposition.
5. Talking of which, CFR Cluj must surely be one of the most obscure teams to make the group stages ever. They are the Romanian champions, by the way!
6. And talking of obscure teams, Bate Borisov (Belarusian champions, if you are interested) must be bricking it. Real Madrid, Juventus and Zenit St Petersburg are in their group.
FULL DRAW:
Group A
CHELSEA
Roma
Bordeaux
CFR Cluj
Group B
Inter Milan
Werder Bremen
Panathinaikos
Anorthosis Famagusta
Group C
Barcelona
Sporting Lisbon
Basel
Shakhtar Donetsk
Group D
LIVERPOOL
PSV Eindhoven
Marseille
Atletico Madrid
Group E
MAN UTD
Villarreal
Celtic
Aalborg
Group F
Lyon
Bayern Munich
Steaua Bucharest
Fiorentina
Group G
ARSENAL
Porto
Fenerbahce
Dynamo Kiev
Thoughts?

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