Champions League Draw Preview

Because what is more exciting than previewing ping-pong balls. The pots and my thoughts are after the jump.

Here are the pots:

Pot one
MANCHESTER UNITED
CHELSEA
LIVERPOOL
Barcelona
ARSENAL
Lyon
Inter Milan
Real Madrid

Pot two
Bayern Munich
PSV Eindhoven
Villarreal
AS Roma
FC Porto
Werder Bremen
Sporting Lisbon
Juventus

Pot three
Marseille
Zenit St Petersburg
Steaua Bucharest
Panathinaikos
Bordeaux
CELTIC
Basel
Fenerbahce

Pot four
Shakhtar Donetsk
Fiorentina
Atletico Madrid
Dynamo Kiev
CFR Cluj
Aalborg
Anorthosis Famagusta
Bate Borisov

From a purely Arsenal perspective, I can’t believe how lucky we are to still be a top seed in this competition. My preferred group would be Arsenal, Werder Bremen (who tend to stink in Europe), Basle or Bordeaux from Pot 3, and finally Aalborg or Anorthosis because neither Denmark or Cyprus are tough roadtrips.

My Arsenal group of death includes Juve, Zenit and Atletico Madrid, which combines Latin cauderons of hate in Turin and especially Madrid, where Atletico are returning the CL for the first time since 1996-97, PLUS it includes a trip to the frozen East against the defending UEFA Cup winners.

We’ll know the results sometime after noon. Uefa.com has free live video coverage in case you truly have nothing better to do.

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