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The Champions League playoff round finished up yesterday—Roma losing on aggregate 4-1 to Porto and Ajax losing 5-2 to Rostov were the most consequential results—which means we are on to the group stage! Here are the groups that were drawn today:

Group A

  • Paris Saint-Germain (France)
  • Arsenal (England)
  • Basel (Switzerland)
  • Ludogorets (Bulgaria)

Group B

  • Benfica (Portugal)
  • Napoli (Italy)
  • Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine)
  • Besiktas (Turkey)

Group C

  • Barcelona (Spain)
  • Manchester City (England)
  • Borussia Mönchengladbach (Germany)
  • Celtic (Scotland)

Group D

  • Bayern Munich (Germany)
  • Atlético Madrid (Spain)
  • PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)
  • Rostov (Russia)

Group E

  • CSKA Moscow (Russia)
  • Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
  • Tottenham (England)
  • Monaco (France)

Group F

  • Real Madrid (Spain)
  • Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
  • Sporting (Portugal)
  • Legia Warsaw (Poland)

Group G

  • Leicester City (England)
  • FC Porto (Portugal)
  • Club Brugge (Belgium)
  • FC Copenhagen (Denmark)

Group H

  • Juventus (Italy)
  • Sevilla (Spain)
  • Lyon (France)
  • Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)

Some random thoughts on the draw:

  • Both Group B and Group E lack any of the traditional powers and also picked up some of the stronger pot three and four teams, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see any of the teams in those groups advance
  • Group C is both a brutal group—Borussia Mönchengladbach is is very good—and will feature the Pep Guardiola versus Barcelona match-up everybody wanted
  • Nice, Arsenal is set-up to make and then lose in the Round of 16 for the millionth straight year
  • I have absolutely no idea what will happen in Group G

What do you think?


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