Champions League Draw Simulator: Tough Groups Man City, Liverpool, Celtic Join Spurs

Champions League Draw Simulator: Tough Groups Man City, Liverpool, Celtic Join Spurs

The Champions League group stage draw is one of the most anticipated events of the season, as 32 teams enter the competition knowing that one of them will be crowned the winner. And with six British teams entering this year, the chances of having two in the same group are greater than usual.

Two teams from the same pot cannot be drawn in the same group and the same rules apply for teams from the same country. But this does not apply to Premier League teams when they are drawn against Celtic or Rangers, meaning one of Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham can be drawn against them.

While predicting the draw is next to impossible, Express Sport has run a simulation via supercomputer and created a potential tie scenario, producing mixed results for the English clubs in the competition.

Champions League Draw Simulator

*There are three qualifiers left with marked clubs leading or tied for the second leg

GROUP A: Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Benfica, FC Copenhagen*

A fairly tough group for Liverpool in this top spot will be by no means guaranteed to face Bayern Munich, although they have already taken Benfica by signing their £80m striker Darwin Núñez when he returns in Portugal Jurgen Klopp’s side should safely go through this group, but their poor league form may worry them.

GROUP B: Real Madrid, Tottenham, Napoli, Celtic

It leaves Tottenham with possibly the toughest group draw of all English clubs on their return to the competition. Holders Real Madrid will be devilishly difficult to face twice, while Napoli have gone through a summer of transition with plenty of squad improvements, and an all-British clash at Celtic Park will surely promise to be an electric encounter.

GROUP C: PSG, Sevilla, Bayer Leverkusen, Viktoria Plzen

PSG and Lionel Messi will be favorites to top the group in this tasty clash, with Sevilla and Bayer Leverkusen going head-to-head for last place. But don’t rule out Plzen’s qualifiers throwing some punches.

GROUP D: AC Milan, RB Leipzig, Shakhtar Donetsk, Dinamo Zagreb*

Italian champions AC Milan will be hoping to go one better than last year after exiting the group stage, with an ambitious RB Leipzig side, who have re-signed Timo Werner, fighting for top spot in the group. War-torn Shakhtar hope to finish above Dinamo and secure a place in the Europa League.

GROUP E: FC Porto, Chelsea, Red Bull Salzburg, Maccabi Haifa

Thomas Tuchel could not have wished for an easier group on paper. The German knows his side are capable of beating Porto, having done so on their way to the crown in 2021, and facing a young Salzburg side who have been stripped of their his best talent.

GROUP F: Manchester City, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Club Brugge

Quite possibly this year’s group of dead. Pep Guardiola’s side will be desperate to make amends for last year’s semi-final exit, but overcoming Juventus and Dortmund will not be easy, although City will be favorites to go top.

GROUP G: Ajax, Barcelona, ​​Inter Milan, Rangers*

After making it through the qualifiers and seeing at least PSV Eindhoven in the simulation world, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s reward is to face three European heavyweights. A fair prediction suggests that Barcelona and Inter will battle it out for the top two positions, leaving a much-changed Ajax and Rangers to drop out of the bottom two.

GROUP H: Eintracht Frankfurt, Atlético Madrid, Sporting Lisbon, Marseille

One of those groups that could easily form in both the Europa League and the Champions League, such is the proximity of the two competitions. But Diego Simeone’s Atlético have the experience and collective intelligence to finish top – the battle for second will be an attractive one.


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