Several pundits have offered opinions on which group will be the toughest and which Serie A club(s) have the most difficult task of proceeding further so I might as well throw my hat in the ring with the rest.
Roma and Juventus are going to face the toughest battle in groups A and H respectively.
Roma will be facing off against last year’s runners-up Chelsea FC and Laurent Blanc’s ever improving Girondins from Bordeaux, while a rebuilt Bianconeri have to deal with last season’s La Liga Champions The Meringues and Russian Express Zenit St. Peterburg, winners of the UEFA Super Cup,with a result of 2-1 over Manchester United Friday.
|2008/09 UEFA Champions League group stage|
|Group A||Group B|
|Chelsea FC (ENG)||FC Internazionale Milano (ITA)|
|AS Roma (ITA)||Werder Bremen (GER)|
|FC Girondins de Bordeaux (FRA)||Panathinaikos FC (GRE)|
|CFR 1907 Cluj (ROU)||Anorthosis Famagusta FC (CYP)|
|Group C||Group D|
|FC Barcelona (ESP)||Liverpool FC (ENG)|
|Sporting Clube de Portugal (POR)||PSV Eindhoven (NED)|
|FC Basel 1893 (SUI)||Olympique de Marseille (FRA)|
|FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)||Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP)|
|Group E||Group F|
|Manchester United FC (ENG, holders)||Olympique Lyonnais (FRA)|
|Villarreal CF (ESP)||FC Bayern München (GER)|
|Celtic FC (SCO)||FC Steaua Bucure?ti (ROU)|
|Aalborg BK (DEN)||ACF Fiorentina (ITA)|
|Group G||Group H|
|Arsenal FC (ENG)||Real Madrid CF (ESP)|
|FC Porto (POR)||Juventus (ITA)|
|Fenerbahçe SK (TUR)||FC Zenit St. Petersburg (RUS)|
|FC Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)||FC BATE Borisov (BLR)|