WELCOME TO NYON
"I, Michel Platini, would like to welcome everyone to the Group Stage Draw for the UEFA Champions League, 2015/2016. Arsenal FC, on the backs of Arséne Wenger won the Champions League, and it is with great pleasure that we welcome him today to help us with the draw."
Bendiš sitting at his seat, happily drinking a scotch, with his assistant sitting next to him. The rest of the coaching staff was upstairs, with Hajduk's newest U19 additions, Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Raúl having a good time in the upper level of the auditorium. None of them were showing what could be called composure, and had to be shushed by some of the other coaches as Platini started speaking. Not that anyone listened to Michel... but anyway... it was their first time in Nyon, so they kinda shushed.
"and the pick for Group B is Real Madrid. The 10 time Champions are still under José Mourinho, while Cristiano Ronaldo is still making an excellent run for the Golden Ball award"
Still, no one was listening, Andrijaševi? (Bendiš's assistant manager) was taking a few notes and chatting with Bendiš. Everyone was having a good time...
"Olympique de Marseille join Manchenster City in Group A. The English champions face off against the improbable French Champions, who beat PSG to get to the title by 9 points. Quite the achievement from the Southerners. They only have one French player in the first team though, Steve Mandanda, the captain"
quietly, Bendiš nudged Andrijaševi?, "That's going to be a good group, Marseille is good", who retorted "They'd be better if they weren't as lazy as we were". Laughter ensued.
"FC København join Napoli and Manchester United in Group G. The Danish champions are having an excellent few years, and beat Vojvodina to make it to the Group Stages."
A slightly more drunk Gerrard, Carragher and Raúl were going through fits of laughter over some excellent joke over the Danes. Bendiš and Andrijaševi? weren't exactly sober either, by this time, no one in Monaco was listening to Platini
"And, now, the Croatian Champions Hajduk (Bendiš and Andrijaševi? were laughing hysterically) have been drawn into Group D (more hysterical laughter, this time coming from the balcony), joining Arsenal, Paris Saint Germain, and Juventus.
Bendiš, Andrijaševi?, Raul, Carragher, and Gerrard looked blankly at the screen, as their team name popped up, and watched the graphics master move the team to the bottom of Group D... the strongest group of the lot...
Complete silence. The entire auditorium had turned to a stunned Bendiš and Andrijaševi?...
"ummm... the Croatian champions managed to make it past the Group stage last season, holding Real Madrid to draws twice, before knocking out Ajax Amsterdam. They beat the Makedonian and Slovenian Champions to make it to the group stage. Next season, Croatia gets one team seeded 3rd in the Group stage"
The camera panned over to Bendiš and Andrijaševi?, who looked completely dumbfounded. Bendiš had dropped his glass, and it hit the table, and started spinning. It panned over to the U19 coaches, who sported similar expressions. No one expected that bad of a group... but this was something else.
And then, Bendiš and Andrijaševi? both lit a cigarette and sat, staring into the distance... wondering how that could have possibly gone worse...
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE GROUP STAGE 2015/2016
OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE
REAL MADRID C.F.
ZENIT SAINT PETERSBURG
HNK HAJDUK SPLIT
FC BAYERN MüNCHEN
MANCHESTER UNITED FC
FC BASEL 1893