Which British club got the best Champions League draw?

Ollie Irish

27th, August 2009



This is how the balls dropped (British teams in bold):

Bayern Munich, Juventus, Bordeaux, Maccabi Haifa
Man Utd, CSKA Moscow, Besiktas, Wolfsburg
AC Milan, Real Madrid, Marseille, FC Zurich
Chelsea, Porto, Atletico Madrid, APOEL FC
Liverpool, Lyon, Fiorentina, Debrecen
Barcelona, Inter, Dinamo Kiev, Rubin Kazan
Sevilla, Rangers, Stuttgart, Unirea Urziceni
Arsenal, AZ Alkmaar, Olympiakos, Standard Liege

15/16 Sept, 29/30 Sept, 20/21 Oct, 3/4 Nov, 24/25 Nov, 8/9 Dec

A pretty generous draw for the British clubs, including Rangers (Because of the seeding system, Scottish clubs often get shafted in Europe) – that’s the majority view. I don’t see any reason why all five can’t progress.

The two most daunting groups, on paper at least, are C (starring AC Milan and the all-new Galacticos of Real Madrid) and F (Pep’s Barcelona v Jose Mourinho’s Inter).

Who do you think has the best draw? Vote below or leave a comment…

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  1. Dan says:

    Arsenal by an absolute mile, Liverpool’s and Chelsea’s look the most difficult for the British teams. All in all though, all five British clubs should qualify – I doubt Rangers will ever have a better chance.

  2. Philando Torres says:

    Liverpool’s group will be trickier than most people will admit. Granted, there’s not much travelling, but Lyon and Fiorentina are no mugs.
    Atletico are capable of topping their group and Porto are capable of getting good results against Chelsea. Were it not for a goal from a ridiculous distance from Ronaldo they would’ve knocked the Mancs out last year.

  3. Joe says:

    Liverpool. Lyon are very much a spent force and the Hungarians are here for the first time. Arsenal’s group is a lot less easy than it looks; AZ are a very decent team indeed and Standard took one Scouse scalp last year after very nearly taking another. Chelsea’s is by far the hardest.

  4. Anonymous says:

    joe if Chelsea can’t do top 2 in that group then they deserve to be knocked out

  5. bjk says:

    ranngers missed all big clubs ,,,,big jock knew

  6. dokieh says:

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  7. wllmhll says:

    arsenal will not only top their group, they’ll cream them.

  8. BlrGnr says:

    Arsenal’s lucky to get the easiest of the draws (relatively). Chelsea’s is a pretty hard group. Porto and Atletico are no joke.
    United got a very tricky draw. Granted, they won’t get knocked out – but Wolfsburg are a pretty solid side, playing Besiktas away in the world’s loudest stadium is going to be daunting, and CSKA away in the freezing Russian winter will be difficult too. They’ll win comfortably in Old Trafford though.
    Liverpool have to play both Fiorentina and Lyon. Lyon are not really a spent force like Joe said, but completely revitalized after a blip last season.
    Rangers or Stuttgart will come second in their group, which Sevilla will top.
    The most daunting group in my opinion is Group A. Bayern, Bordeaux and Juve! Maccabi Haifa will get ripped apart!

  9. mac says:

    united has the hardest group by far. cska will provide a stern test for them aswell as travellng to turkey to face a hostile atmosphere rounded off with a tough opponent in wolfsburg.arsenal easily has the best group of the lot.

  10. koko says:

    Thanks for sharing

  11. Big G says:

    Only comment I want to make is why it says British clubs in bold and it is only the English Clubs in Bold. Last time I checked, Rangers were a British Club???

  12. Willhelm says:

    Because of the poor fiscal management and utter neglect from the ex Rangers chairman, our main aim is to reach the last 16. In years gone by, I would have been very confident of Rangers progressing, but not now. The best news Rangers had yesterday, was that David Murray has left our club and won’t return.
    If we get through the group stages, we’ll have done well. I wish all the other British teams well in the tournament as well.

  13. pat magroin says:

    aye cheers for making rangers bold along with the other british clubs

  14. rdxg83 says:

    Will no one spare a thought for FC Zurich?

  15. All English teams will advance.

  16. megaman789 says:

    Why hasn’t there been any new posts Ollie after this one?

  17. One day they will understand you.

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