There we have it, then.
Another round of the most tedious event in the whole of football – the Champions League draw.
Balls are opened, small talk exchanged, and everyone looks just a little bit awkward.
But amidst all of the filler, we got ourselves a pretty decent draw.
Luckily for the four English clubs competing in this season’s Champions League, they were able to avoid the so-called ‘Group of Death’ in Group F, which will see Barcelona, Dortmund and Inter Milan fight it out to progress.
Holders Liverpool were handed Napoli in a repeat of their group duel last year, while finalists Spurs can look forward to a tasty clash with German giants Bayern.
Premier League winners Man City will be relatively pleased with their opponents in Group C which includes another trip to Shakhtar Donetsk, and Chelsea were handed Dutch champions and last year’s surprise package Ajax.
Elsewhere, we’re highly anticipating Paris Saint-Germain’s contest with the competitions most successful club Real Madrid, while Group G is shaping up to be one for the footballing hipsters out there.
Champions League draw in full:
Group A- Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Club Brugge, Galatasaray
Group B- Bayern Munich, Spurs, Olympiacos, Red Star
Group C- Man City, Shakhtar, Dinamo, Atalanta
Group D- Juventus, Atletico Madrid, Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv
Group E- Liverpool, Napoli, Salzburg, Genk
Group F- Barcelona, Dortmund, Inter Milan, Slavia Prague
Group G- Zenit, Benfica, Lyon, Leipzig
Group H- Chelsea, Ajax, Valencia, Lille
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