It’s been a long year and I’ve only had 3 days holiday so far.
I’m due a break … or three.
As it happens today the draw for the group stages of the UEFA champions League is made and Celtic are pot 4 and will face one opponent from each of the other 3 pots, detailed below.
My choices ..
Pot 1 – Paris Saint-Germain as I love Paris and haven’t been for a few years.
Pot 2 – Atletico Madrid as I’ve never been to Madrid and have wanted to go for ages.
Pot 3 – Borussia Monchengladbach as my dad used to play against them when he was stationed in Germany during his national service and still talks fondly of his time there.
Did you notice that none of these choices is based on the football content and the likelyhood of getting a win?
Who cares .. we are there thats all that matters.
I’m not actually expecting a win or to qualify for the knock-out stages, but if we do or make 3rd place and qualify for the Europa knockout stages and have European football after Christmas then that will be a bonus.
Hopefully we don’t get Barcelona, fantastic city, but I’m fed up beating them! 🙂
Mon The Hoops!
Champions League pots
Pot 1: Real Madrid (Spain), Barcelona (Spain), Leicester City (England), Bayern Munich (Germany), Juventus (Italy), Benfica (Portugal), Paris Saint-Germain (France), CSKA Moscow (Russia).
Pot 2: Atletico Madrid (Spain), Borussia Dortmund (Germany), Arsenal (England), Manchester City (England), Sevilla (Spain), Porto (Portugal), Napoli (Italy), Bayer Leverkusen (Germany)
Pot 3: Basel (Switzerland), Tottenham Hotspur (England), Dynamo Kiev (Ukraine), Lyon (France), PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands), Sporting Lisbon (Portugal), Club Brugge (Belgium), Borussia Monchengladbach (Germany)
Pot 4: Celtic (Scotland), Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia), Monaco (France), Besiktas (Turkey), Legia Warsaw (Poland), Ludogorets Razgrad (Bulgaria), FC Copenhagen (Denmark), Rostov (Russia)