What Chance Do Manchester United And The Other British Clubs Have In The Champion’s League This Season?

Posted: August 23, 2017 in Arsenal, Champions League, Chelsea, European Football, Football, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Opinion, Tottenham Hotspur
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With the draw for the group stages of this years competition due to be made on the 24th August in Monaco, we look at who the British contingent could face and assess their chances of qualifying for the next stage. First up is:

Chelsea

The Blues could face Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Borussia Dortmund or Porto.

Roma, RB Leipzig, Basel, Feyenoord and Anderlecht are also possibilities.

Providing that they can get Eden Hazard fit, remain free of injury and suspension and add another player or two then, with a little luck, they should be able to qualify from this group. The obvious dangers would be Barcelona with Atletico and PSG but the odds are against all of these teams being drawn together.

So we should be seeing Chelsea in the next round. One down, four to go!

Manchester United and Manchester City

Jose Mourinho’s side could be drawn with Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk, Monaco or Spartak Moscow.

Roma, RB Leipzig, Basel, Feyenoord and Anderlecht could also face a trip to Old Trafford.

Like their rivals United, Man City are in pot two and face the prospect of playing the same teams.

The only fear for either team here would be getting Real Madrid and Bayern in the same group, virtually any other permutation should see both clubs safely through to the next round even if they finish in second place.

At least they cannot be drawn against each other!

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham are in pot three which is lower than United simply because their coefficient is lower than that of United.

They will play one team from pot one which includes: Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk, Monaco or Spartak Moscow. The rest are yet to be decided as qualifiers are still being played.

With Spurs the key is attitude. If they still have problems playing at Wembley then they will not qualify for the next stage of the Champions League. That would mean another short visit to the Europa League. Short because, if they can’t hack it in the Champions League at Wembley, then the same will apply to the Europa League and they risk a repeat of last seasons embarrassment in both competitions.

So Tottenham’s chances of qualifying should be rated as 50-50

Liverpool

A total of 20 teams play in the play-off round but because the Reds are seeded for the draw, it would mean they will play a weaker opposition.

They could currently play: Steaua Bucharest, Young Boys or Nice.

European nights at Anfield are special occasions and the team should take full advantage whenever they are at home.

In the group stages it is important to win the home games and, providing Liverpool don’t have too many slip-ups at Anfield they should progress to the next round.

Celtic

Celtic are now in pot four and could draw the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Juventus.

Barcelona, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City are also potential opponents.

Unfortunately, Celtic will not be progressing any further in this years competition once the group stage is over, but at least they will pocket a few bob for their appearances.

A final word on Arsenal who are usually expecting to hear who will be knocking them out by now, unless they manage to get through the group stage to the “round of Arsenal” which is the more usual place for their exit.

Poor old Arséne has failed to take his club into the Champions League this season, but fear not brave gooners, for he has signed a bumper new two year contract in order to right this wrong.

When most managers would have admitted that their time has been and gone, Arséne has decided that his is yet to come and is determined that the loyal Arsenal supporters will suffer along with him for the immediate future.

Good luck with that then!

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