Tottenham get worst of Champions League draw

  • Tottenham get worst of Champions League draw

Tottenham get worst of Champions League draw

Tottenham was the only exception, eliminated by Bayer Leverkusen.

Ouch, Tottenham. ouch. But isn't the Bernabeu, Signal Iduna Park and Wembley a fun set of group stage stadia? Feyenoord returns to the group stage after a 15-year absence and is likely in for a learning experience.

Spurs have been drawn in Group H alongside Spanish side Real, German giants Borussia Dortmund and Apoel Nicosia of Cyprus. They reached this stage of the Champions League following a notable 2-0 aggregate success over Czech side, Slavia Prague.

The danger sides in Pot One are Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus.

It looks as though the Old Trafford club received a favourable draw, but Mourinho will not be taking the current draw lightly. Roma finished second past year and have a host of big names including former blue Edin Dzeko.

All that said, England has a strong probability of winning the Europa League based on the same numbers. In pot four, where Celtic will be for the draw, RB Leipzig looks like a tricky side to be landed with. Even so, it ended up with a relatively kind draw and an open group.

James Forrest and Scott Brown have expressed interest in drawing the reigning Champions League winners from the past two years.

Yet British representatives often earn less than teams such as Juventus or Paris Saint-Germain who have fewer domestic rivals in the competition. It'll be made tougher in that they'll have to play the first three matches without Dele Alli, who was red-carded in Spurs' 1-1 elimination tie against Gent last season. Seydou Doumbia was on target for Portuguese side Sporting in the second leg qualifying thrashing of FCSB, but that will be as far as Jorge Jesus' men go in the competition. Manchester United will face Benfica, FC Basel and CSKA Moscow who are all teams United is decidely better than.

Group C throws up some interesting games with 2012 winners Chelsea up against Atletico Madrid, beaten finalists in 2016 and 2014. Chelsea and Atletico will be favored to progress. Whilst Ukrainian and Russian clubs can not be drawn in the same group as of a UEFA ruling dating back to 2014 due to the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. Real Madrid, Juventus and a few more are better teams, it's as simple as that. Spartak, which won the Russian Premier League, is in the group stage for the first time since 2010-11, while Slovenian team Maribor is the big outsider in its third attempt to reach the knockout stage.