Chelsea get Barcelona in the Champions League group stage but should i care?
The big news to come out of yesterday's Champions League group stage draw in Monaco was that Premiership champions Chelsea will be renewing their feud with Spanish and European Chapions Barcelona. We can look forward to Frank Rijkaard and Jose Mourinho locking horns again, as a rivalry seems to be brewing between arguably the two best teams in Europe.
However, Chelsea must be wary of Werder Bremen, who finished second in the Bundesliga last season, and it is critical that they pick up points from their back–to–back clashes with Barcelona.
Elsewhere, Manchester United will be involved in a 'Battle of Britain' with Celtic, after being paired with the Scottish Champions, Benfica (Portugal) and FC Kopenhavn (Denmark).
2005 Champs Liverpool will play PSV Eindhoven, Boredeaux, and make a return to Istanbul to face Galatasaray.
Last years runners up Arsenal will face Hamburg, Porto and face an arduous and difficult journey to the Russian capital to play CSKA Moscow.
All in all though the European Cup and Champions League seems completely pointless to me, merely giving absurd amounts of money to the big clubs, which the grops stages heavily favour. If the competition returned to its knockout roots, abandoned in the 1992/93 season, then things would really hot up in my opinion. This will of course never happen as the G14 clubs and UEFA love the money generated by the group stages.
Hover, the competition is almost as much as a procession as the Premiership.
In my opinion, there are only six teams who can win the Champions League this year, and they are – Barcelona, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Olympics Lyonnais.
Should the others bother to turn up? Probably not really worth it in my opinion.