The Champions League is returning and you’ll hear the group stage draw LIVE on talkSPORT 2 on Thursday at 4pm.
It’s the second each fan can’t look forward to; will or not it’s a ‘Group of Loss of life’ or will the balls be taken out with fortune in your membership’s aspect?
It’s thrilling and nerve-wracking all of sudden.
Happening in Nyon, Switzerland, the draw can have an enormous affect on the season, handing groups powerful spells of congested fixtures with the added burden of needing to qualify for the knockout section of the competitors.
Final season English sides averted the hardest attracts though, on reflection, Tottenham will want they hadn’t been handed two video games towards Bayern Munich.
Liverpool made it previous Napoli, Pink Bull Salzburg, and Genk, whereas Chelsea managed to get past Lille, Ajax and Valencia.
Man City, in the meantime, made it by a tough group additionally together with Atalanta, Shakhtar Donetsk and Dinamo Zagreb.
So, will the footballing gods take out their vengeance on English sides this season and hand out teams that may go away followers fearing for his or her sides’ future within the Champions League?
talkSPORT.com have taken a have a look at the attainable worst case eventualities for every English membership…
As Premier League champions, the Reds are within the first pot this season.
This implies they’ll keep away from their fellow title winners from throughout Europe’s prime leagues, and likewise Europa League winners Sevilla, however that doesn’t imply they’re in for a straightforward trip.
Within the second pot there are some actual heavyweights they usually may discover themselves drawn towards Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund or Atletico Madrid, who beat them earlier this 12 months within the quarter-finals.
In the meantime, the perfect case situation on this space could be touchdown Shakhtar Donetsk or Ajax, however each could be difficult.
Within the third pot, RB Leipzig, regardless of dropping Timo Werner, stay an enormous menace, whereas Inter Milan and Lazio are additionally harmful opponents.
Pot 4 presents an intriguing possibility with Borussia Monchengladbach mendacity in wait, whereas Marseille and the up and coming Rennes will probably be no pushovers.
Liverpool’s worst case situation
- RB Leipzig
After a number of years in pot one, Pep Guardiola should now see which title winner Man City get paired with this trip.
After all, they can not get Liverpool, however they may get both Actual Madrid, Juventus, Bayern Munich or Paris Saint-Germain, whereas Sevilla, Zenit Saint Petersburg or Porto could be thought-about the simpler attracts.
Within the third pot, like the remainder of the Premier League sides, he may worry RB Leipzig, Inter Milan or Lazio, with fearsome finisher Ciro Motionless, however Dynamo Kiev and Olympiacos may show attractive.
Not totally confirmed but in pot 4, French and German sides Marseille, Rennes and Borussia Monchengladbach are the powerful ties, however Ferencvaros and Istanbul Basaksehir provide a crumb of consolation.
Manchester City’s worst case situation
- Bayern Munich
- Manchester City
Supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has his hardest check coming this 12 months.
His first full season within the Champions League may make or break his tenure on the membership and a collection of hauntings may plague the Norwegian.
In what could also be paying homage to A Christmas Carol, the ghosts of previous, current and future all await Solskjaer and United. They’re simply fortunate Jadon Sancho, one other attainable ghost of the long run, can’t be drawn towards them with Borussia Dortmund additionally in pot two.
In pot one, Bayern Munich provide Solskjaer a glimpse of the previous; his most superb second as a participant got here towards them within the 1999 Champions League last. Revenge could be candy for the Germans and, at their present degree, a defeat may very well be a giant one for United.
Pot three offers Solskjaer one other chance of humiliation with Romelu Lukaku and 2019/20 Europa League finalists Inter Milan ready for them.
In the meantime, in Pot 4, Rennes and wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga – wished by the Pink Devils – may as an alternative show to be the ghost of the long run in the event that they aren’t in a position to signal him to dominate in midfield.
Manchester United’s worst case situation
- Bayern Munich
- Manchester United
- Inter Milan
The Blues have already skilled the sizeable job of Bayern Munich this 12 months, they usually may get them once more in 2020/21.
It’s a grim actuality however at the very least new signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz may give supervisor Frank Lampard just a few tips about find out how to beat them.
Identical to with Man United, Romelu Lukaku, their former participant, may present them with an unenviable job from pot three with Inter Milan.
And in pot 4, assuming the best co-efficient sides progress within the last play-off video games, one other former Chelsea worker is a menace – Andre Villas-Boas and his Marseille aspect.
Chelsea’s worst case situation
- Bayern Munich
- Inter Milan