27 August 2010

Group stage Champions League draw 2010/2011 declared!

United are drawn with Glasgow Rangers in Group C. The first leg stars at Old Trafford on 14th September.

Group A: Inter Milan, Werder Bremen, Tottenham Hotspur, FC Twente.
Quite reasonably the group of death. This group features the current champions of Europe - Inter Milan, A very competitive German team 0 Weder Bremen, London's Hotspurs who obviously qualified recently and Orange champions FC Twente. 
We expect Inter and Spurs to go through to the last 16.
Group B: Lyon, Benfica, Schalke, Hapoel Tel-Aviv.
Quite straight forward for Lyon and Benfica. 100% predict them to go through to the next round.

Group C: Manchester United, Valencia, Rangers, Bursaspor. 
Yet another tricky encounter. United are drawn with Scottish champions - Glasgow Rangers, Span's very own Valencia and Turkey Champions Bursaspor. Predict United and Valencia to go through. United will finish top of the group with a probable away defeat to Valencia. 

Group D: Barcelona, Panathinaikos, FC Copenhagen, Rubin Kazan.
Very straight forward for Barca. They're drawn with really tiny teams. Real threat for United as they might face Barca in the next round provided either of the teams comes second in their group. Fergie might as well plot some tactics here :P

Group E: Bayern Munich, Roma, FC Basel, CFR Cluj.
Bayern Munich and Roma all the away.

Group F: Chelsea, Marseille, Spartak Moscow, MSK Zilina. 
Expect Chelsea and Marseille to proceed easily
Group G: AC Milan, Real Madrid, Ajax, Auxerre.
2nd most hardest group after Group A. Expect AC and Real to go forward obviously but certainly Ajax and Auxerre will not spare the two top notch teams.

Group H: Arsenal, Shakhtar Donetsk, Braga, FK Partizan.
Arsenal can well celebrate!

Matchday 1: 14th/15th September
Matchday 2: 28th/29th September
Matchday 3: 19th/20th October
Matchday 4: 2nd/3rd November
Matchday 5: 23rd/24th November
Matchday 6: 7th/8th December

Manchester United face Glasgow Rangers at home on Tuesday, the 14th of September. There have been security alert in Manchester already and extra police officers have been planned to be deployed.
42 fans were arrested two years ago when Rangers lost the UEFA cup final in Manchester.
Alex Ferguson is delighted to have been drawn against Rangers.’
United boss Ferguson added: ‘Walter Smith has already been on the phone, talking about tickets for Old Trafford! 

Walter Smith and Sir Alex have been long-time friends, they now go head to head on 14th September, 2010
There are great hopes from Manchester United this year especially Champions League. It's of course a tricky encounter with teams like Valencia and Rangers involved. Last year, Manchester United managed to emerge top of the group following the late drama at Besiktas after the defeat. It's shocking to know that neither of the group-stage teams United faced off last year have made it to the last 32 this year! Obviously they weren't good enough but Champions League is like a World Cup for Europeans and it means a lot to every player. 

Glory Glory Manchester United. Hope they battle off Rangers on the ground and off the ground too!
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