UEFA Champions Leagues Group Stage Draw In Full
FC Shakhtar Donetsk
From Chelsea's point of view, they have to be confident of topping the group. Easy 1st place for them. PSV are not the team that they were, and I can see them dropping out of the competition, with Shakhtar becoming more reputable within European football in recent years. Shakhtar will take 2nd, while PSV will finish up in 3rd. I really cannot see APOEL creating any shocks in Group A, so 4th place will go to them.
FC Bayern Munich
An extremely tough group for Manchester City, and I wouldn't be surprised if they failed to qualify. Bayern Munich will be full of confidence after winning this tournament last season against their league rivals Borussia Dortmund. Munich to top the group. I think Manchester City will just be able to grab second place, but there will be very little in it. I genuinely think that PSG are not a great side, but with the money they have, they could well be soon. I think they will finish bottom of this group though, with Napoli's new signing, Gonzalo Higuaín looking to increase his new teams chances in the competition. Napoli 3rd, and PSG 4th.
Real Madrid C.F.
This year's group of death. Three very strong clubs, and this will be very interesting. I am not comfortable enough to make a judgement, but if forced to, I would order the teams in the following way; Borussia Dortmund, 1st; Real Madrid, 2nd; Juventus, 3rd; Anderlecht, 4th. I really do not know what to expect though, and I would keep your eyes peeled for some fantastic clashes in this group.
Another tricky one to call. Porto will top the group. They may have sold some quality players in recent years, such as Hulk and João Moutinho, but they still have a top quality squad, and I think that will see them through here. It will be a close race for second, I think between CSKA and Sociedad, but I think the Spanish side will just get there ahead of the Russians. Copenhagen are simply not cut out for this stage yet. They will finish bottom.
FC Steaua București
I think Manchester United could struggle here under their new manager, David Moyes. I think that Atlético will be too strong for the other teams, and will top the group, with United coming in second. Let's face it, Steaua aren't fantastic, and I think that will show. Galatasary 3rd, Steaua bottom.
FC Schalke 04
Arsenal will struggle with the quality teams in this group, and I can't see them winning it. I think the German side Schalke will surprise Arsenal in the games between them, and they will top the group. Arsenal will go through I think, but just nipping it ahead of Olympiacos, who I think will provide the most shocks in this group, and Celtic to finish bottom.
Olympique de Marseille
FC Viktoria Plzeň
I don't see Viktoria Plzeň having any surprises in store, so I am going to put them down in 4th place. Barcelona won't make any mistakes so they will finish top, with Marseille second. I feel that Leverkusen need to improve a lot more, especially after losing Lars Bender to Real Madrid last month. They'll finish 3rd.
ŠK Slovan Bratislava
I'll be honest. I really didn't think Slovan Bratislava would reach this stage. But I also cannot see them getting any further, and they will finish bottom of this group. Milan will top this group, as I think Balotelli possesses heaps of quality, and definitely enough to see off the defences of the other teams in the group. Benfica will grab second ahead of Ajax, so Ajax will have to settle for Europa League in my opinion.