The 2010 / 2011 Champions League group stages have some exciting ties to look forward to for the English contingent.
New boys Tottenham have one of the toughest groups possible. Harry Redknapp will be relishing the home and away ties with defending champions Inter Milan. As well as Inter they face stern opposition in German side Werder Bremen and Dutch champions FC Twente.
Though the group will be a tough one to come through I can see Tottenham doing well at home and that should be another to see them sneak through in second.
Manchester United has a pretty routine group. Rangers and Bursaspor should be home and away victories. While Valencia is a good side they’re not the force they once were. They’ve also lost their best two players over the summer, David Silva to Manchester City and David Villa to Barcelona.
They still have the odd good player in Juan Manuel Mata and Ever Banega but I can’t see United dropping more than two points in this group. At home Valencia might get a draw against Fergie’s men, otherwise it should be wins all round for the red devils.
Chelsea has a rather simple task with their group also. Marseille will give Carlo Ancelotti’s side two good games but Spartak Moscow and MSK Zilina should be a walkover. Like United they should walk their group. The only place I can see Chelsea dropping points is away to Marseille. Come the fifth game of the group I think we’ll see Ancelotti resting players.
Arsenal has an interesting group. No real big hitters to face but two steady, solid sides. Braga did fantastically well to overcome Sevilla in the qualifiers, they could be this year’s surprise package.
Shaktar Donetsk are regulars in Europe now and are capable of pulling off the odd scalp. It’ll be interesting to see if Eduardo can create his former club’s downfall. Shaktar have some good players in captain Dario Srna and young Brazilian Willian.
They’ve also re-signed Dmytro Chygrynskiy form Barcelona. Partizan Belgrade is likely to be the whipping boys of the group. They’ve some experience at the back with Mladen Krstajic but it’s going to be struggle for the Serbians. I’d expect Arsenal to top the group but have some tough games along the way.
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