By Walter Broeckx
So who can we meet… and who not if the CL groups as they now stand were to be the final tables in each group?
If that is the case Arsenal would be second in our group so we have to see at the other top teams in the group to see who we might get from the draw.
In group A we now have in first place Atletico Madrid and in second place Juventus. Juventus still could get over to the first place if they win their last match at home against Atletico Madrid with more than 1-0.
So from group A we could see: Atletico Madrid.
In group B it could be Real Madrid. They are far away from the rest. An interesting note is that Liverpool must win their last match against Basel at home to qualify for the next round. Otherwise they will be send to the Europa League. Unless Ludogoretz Razgrad win their last match at Real Madrid.
So from group B we could be drawn against Real Madrid.
In group C we have a very tight group. 3 teams that could be top of the group yet. Bayer Leverkusen(9pts), Monaco (8pts) and Zenit St. Petersburg (7pts) can all still win their group. Any team winning from those 3 will qualify. If Leverkusen can beat Benfica who are out of everything it seems they will finish top.
As things stand now we could face Bayer Leverkusen.
Group D is the group of Arsenal so we will not be drawn against Borussia Dortmund. Which is a pity.
From group E we know that Bayern Munich will win the group. Manchester City needs to go to Roma and win their match over there to make certain of a place in the next round.
So from group E our next opponent could be once again Bayern Munich.
In group F we have the decision on who will be top of the group on the last day of the group. PSG is in pole position right now but they have to go to Barcelona on the last day and a win from Barcelona could turn the top positions upside down. Anyway not really teams to look forward to meeting in the next round.
As things are now we could be drawn against PSG. But would miss out on Barcelona.
In group G we have Chelsea that has won the group. So we will not meet them in the next round. This means that we only have 6 possible teams we could face.
In group H we see that Porto is out of reach of the rest of the group. This is a group in which every decision has been made already with Shakthar Donetsk in second place.
So from group H it could be Porto.
If we put them in one list we could face these teams:
- Atletico Madrid (or Juventus)
- Real Madrid
- Bayer Leverkusen (or Monaco or Zenit)
- Bayern Munich
- PSG (or Barcelona)
I think most will agree on who not to meet in the next round but I think there are still a few interesting teams that we could beat to progress to a next round. And there will be very tough teams finishing second in their group. So in a way it doesn’t matter that much. You only need a bit of luck to get us an interesting draw.
If I could get myself a favourite draw I would go for Bayer Leverkusen. Only two hours away from me by car… Oh yes I sure would go for that draw and get me some bratwurst on the way also. I suddenly feel a lot for supporting Bayer Leverkusen in their last match at Benfica.
And the stadium of Bayer Leverkusen has been extended to some 30.000 seats as before it was only some 20.000. So who knows Arsenal supporters might get a few more tickets than we got from Anderlecht. And maybe my supporters’ club could get a few. Now look what is happening, I’m already getting excited before we know we can play each other.
But of course we will update on this when we really now the final standings in each table and we really know who we can meet in the next round. Anyway I hope by then we will have a lot of players back so we can pick our strongest team at that moment.
Anyway it is always nice to just be able to see at possible opponents. Something Manchester City and Liverpool can only hope for to be able to make up lists like that.
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