Another season of the Uefa Champions League is upon us, last season was all about the La Decima obsession; now its about if Real Madrid can do the unthinkable to retain the Holy grail of club football. As is with us at halftimeng.com; we always put together a mock draw to prepare you for the real thing this evening; notable absentees would be past winners Ac Milan and Manchester United; who together have 10 Champions League/European Cup triumphs between them . It would be interesting to see what group the likes of Athletico Bilbao, Maribo, Ludogorets and Malmo fall into.
Also there is the small matter of the second season of the UEFA Youth League as well as the selection of the 2013/14 UEFA Best Player in Europe award which Manuel Neuer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Adjen Robben are vying for.
Our Mock Draw selections are as follows:
|S/N||Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|3||Galatasaray||Sporting Lisbon||Bayer Leverkusen||Atletico Bilbao|
|S/N||Group E||Group F||Group G||Group H|
|1||Real Madrid||Arsenal||Benfica||Atletico Madrid|
|2||Dortmund||Basel||Shakhtar Donesk||Zenit St. Petersburg|
|4||AS Roma||Ludogorets||Bate Borisov||Malmo|
Some tasty looking pairings here, hopefully we will get some of the likely pairings right.