Tottenham Hotspurs get a taste of the UEFA Champions’ League against the Champions, Inter Milan, Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen and Twente of Holland in Group. Spurs are trending in this territory for the first time in 49 years. While they have a reasonably quality side that needs more back up in essential positions, they are capable of surprising even themselves.
There is a relatively soft set in Group B where French side Lyon, seem to have it easy against Tel Aviv of Israel, German team Shalke-04 and Benfica of Portugal.
Manchester United have received a favourable draw. Manager Alex Ferguson is former Glasgow Rangers manager, who they will play in Group C, as well as Spain’s Valencia and Bursaspor for United of Turkey.
Spain giants, Barcelona also have it easy, being fixtured in Group D with Panathanaikos of Greece, Copenhagen of Denmark and MacBeth Sibaya’s Rubin Kazan of Russia.
Bayern Munich of Germany, Cluj of Romania, Basel of Switzerland and Italians, Roma compose the Group E. Bayern should proceed without much sweat here.
In Group F, in-form English Champions Chelsea were drawn against French Champions Marseille, Spartak Moscow of Russia as well as Slovaks Zilina.
For me, the group of death pits Real Madrid of Spain, France’s Auxere, AC Milan of Italy and Dutch Champions, Ajax. Jose Mourinho has a lot of work to do to prove his mentle in this Group G.
A young Arsenal side will have to content with Ukraine side Shakhtar Donetsk, Braga of Portugal and Partizan Belgrade in Group H. Will it be the boys have turned into men at the Emirates? Time will tell.
Meanwhile, Javier Mascherano captain of Argentinian national side and Liverpool anchor is almost set to join Barcelona. A very bad move by my humble opinion, the 26-year-old, was better off joining Benitez at Inter Milan. Mascherano is finalising personal terms with the Nou Camp.