Date: 27th August 2009 at 12:14am
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Thirty-two clubs are awaiting their fate in the Champions League: the draw for the group stage takes place on Thursday, at 17.00. United are among the first seeds, of course but that does not mean we’ll avoid all the biggest guns.

And I bet that fate (UEFA?) will throw up a meeting with Real Madrid who, owing to their pathetic performances in Europe in the last five years, are in the second pot. And of course that would send media hype into overdrive, what with Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Old Trafford.

It would be fun, really, seeing him again so soon but it might be more dramatic if the sides met only at the knockout stages. For me, a dream group would consist of Rangers, Olympiakos and Zürich – not very glamorous but meeting Rangers is always fun and we should really overcome the other two without serious problems.

But of course it could also be Real Madrid, Inter, Juventus or Lyon from the second pot and there are the likes of Atlético Madrid and Fiorentina in the third. Add Wolfsburg to these sides and we could end up with one hell of a group.

Pot one

Barcelona

helsea

iverpool

anchester United

C Milan

rsenal

evilla

ayern Munich

Pot Two

Lyon

nter Milan

eal Madrid

SKA Moscow

orto

Z Alkmaar

uventus

angers

Pot Three

Olympiakos

arseille

inamo Kiev

tuttgart

iorentina

tletico Madrid

ordeaux

esiktas

Pot Four

Wolfsburg

tandard Liege

accabi Haifa

C Zurich

ubin Kazan

nirea Urziceni

POEL Nicosia

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