The Champions league draw has just been completed and the draw is as follows.
In what was the most spread out draw I have seen in terms of quality, numerous talking points stuck out in each group.
Talking points from each group
Anyone remember when these two giants met back in 2016? A solitary goal for each side in either leg in the group stages made for exciting battles. Atletico’s new look attack backed by their defensive prowess will be looking to out play Bayern Munich, while the defending champions will be looking to pick up from where they left off and leave a trail of teams in their wake on their way to another title.
The major talking point will centre on the champions and how flawless Flick’s men will look in 2020/21.
The group’s composition is interesting in that there are what seem to be two front runners but look at Monchengladbach to desperately go out to spoil things for the front runners and gun for third place.
The major talking point would be the clash between managers Zinedine Zidane and Antonio Conte who were teammates at Juventus in the 90s. Conte started his managerial career while Zidane was styling a player has a less glittering career compared to his one time teammate.
The contrasting styles will toss up entertainment for the fans worldwide.
Manchester City always seems to find a path of least resistance and that my friends is written in the stars! Once again, the Pep Guardiola team found the formula for the luck of the draw as they go up against a group that does not have a league champion. The Cityzens could easily go undefeated here if their manager’s tinkering does not cost them.
The major talking point is can Manchester City go undefeated in the group stages, a feat achieved by few.
Liverpool will be tested in this group, with the exciting sides they will face in the shape of Ajax and Atalanta, however I expect them to sail through.
The major talking point is which team will come in second place between the ever-energetic Ajax and the ultra-competitive Atalanta?
Another group that has two definite front runners, however its a toss up at this stage which team will occupy top spot after six games.
The major talking point here is if Frank Lampard fails to impress here could it be the beginning of the Chelsea fans and Roman Abramovich doubts in their legend in the dugout?
Borrusia Dortmund are the team to beat in this group as they are surrounded by teams who on paper and last season’s form will not worry the Germans that much.
In such a group the major talking point must be, how many group stages goals will Erling Håland score? I cannot wait to watch him rip it up.
Group G is that group, right? I mean Messi versus Ronaldo one more time for the road, Pjanic versus Arthur in what would be interesting battles and Koeman versus Pirlo in a clash of club legends looking to take their clubs all the way.
The major talking point is all about goals in my opinion, with two very inferior teams in the group Messi or Ronaldo’s race to the golden boot could be defined in the group stages. Who outscores the other?
Manchester United have been seeded in a competitive group for once, thank the football gods. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will have his full as he will be looking to steer his charges into the next round, which is a must.
The major talking point will be the clashes between PSG and RB Leipzig, I mean their Champions League once off clash may have been a one-sided affair but the German side were in it for the most part and they will be looking to exact their revenge. Nagelsmann versus Tuchel twice anyone?