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Champions League Draw Revealed: Which English Club Has the Toughest Group?

The draw for the group phase of the 2010-11 UEFA Champions League has been made. And all four English teams who have qualified for this stage of the tournament now know who their opponents are. Manchester United is in Group C with Rangers, Valencia and Bursaspor. Chelsea in Group F will face Spartak Moscow, Marseille and Zilina. Arsenal will have to play in Group H against FK Partizan, SC Braga, and Shakhtar Donetsk. And Champions League new boys Tottenham Hotspur will face dream Group A opponents Inter Milan, Werder Bremen and FC Twente.

But out of all four England teams playing in the Champions League, which club do you think will have the hardest time getting out of the group phase and into the knockout phase?

Vote below.

And to see the complete line-up of which clubs will be competing against each other in which Champions League groups, as well as the schedule for the group phase, please continue reading below.

Group A
Inter Milan
Werder Bremen
Tottenham Hotspur
FC Twente

Group B
Hapoel Tel-Aviv

Group C
Manchester United

Group D
Rubin Kazan

Group E
Bayern Munich

Group F
Spartak Moscow

Group G
AC Milan
Real Madrid

Group H
Shakhtar Donetsk
SC Braga

The dates for the group phase of the Champions League games are:

  • September 14-15,
  • September 28-29,
  • October 19-20,
  • November 2-3,
  • November 23-24,
  • December 7-8.

In the United States, these Champions League games will be available on Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Sports Net, Fox Soccer Plus, as well as DirecTV.

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19 Responses to Champions League Draw Revealed: Which English Club Has the Toughest Group?

  1. mitch says:

    cannot wait to see Arsenal play Shakhtar Donetsk

  2. Brandon says:

    Obviously Spurs..

  3. Jason Gatties says:


    Group G is the toughest overall by a mile.

  4. JUNT says:

    Great draw for all the English teams. Tottenham will have a tough time with Inter and Werder but its great for them regardless.

    I can see United, Chelsea and Arsenal basically walking their groups. Only exception may be Shaktar for Arsenal. They’re tricky.

  5. MennoDaddy says:

    How is it that the Arse always end up in the easiest group?!

    Tough draw for Spurs. I don’t care if Rafa replaced the Special One, Inter is still Inter. And Twente is a rough draw for a Pot 4 team. At least Bremen no longer has Özil…

  6. MNUfan1991 says:

    A little OT, but can Barca get an easier draw???
    Even Pompey can advance in that group!

  7. Brickthrower says:

    Real interesting draw. I think a lot of the big name clubs will survive it. Tottenham obviously has the toughest draw. Inter and Bremen must be the favorites, but it would be something if Tottenham can pull through.

    Man U and Arsenal should win their groups with no issues. Second place in those two groups will be a dogfight. Chelsea shouldn’t have a problem in their group, but it isn’t THAT EASY.

    I’m glad one of my favorite teams Benfica have a realistic chance. The Italian teams all have rough roads.

    I also think either Tottenham, Bremen, Roma, or Braga will make a surprisingly deep run.

  8. Scott Alexander says:

    Anyone could come out of group A with Inter obviously the most likely. Barca seem to have gotten another tough draw with Kazan and Panathinaikos both capable of nicking an upset draw versus Barca and otherwise winning out. Hard to see how Valencia makes that deep of a run without Villa and Silva but they could squeak through. I don’t think FC Basel causes too many problems but they have been known to knick some surprising home victories in European competition including Roma last year. Pulling for Ajax but I think Milan slips through with Madrid dominating the group. Arsenal should have an easy time with Braga and Shakhtar fighting for the final spot

    My predictions
    Man U/Bursaspor
    Real Madrid/Milan

  9. Muley says:

    I am a Spurs fan and am actually quite happy with the draw – could have been easier, could have been much worse. We were always going to get a tough team with the top seed in Inter and although Bremen is good its not anywhere close to Bayern in Germany and I honestly don’t think Twente will be that strong this year.

    Also, one key consideration is the travel and the fact that Spurs furthest trip is Milan is huge in terms of playing with a smaller squad than Chelsea, Arse and United while competing in the EPL (given we really need to secure another top 4 finish this year to keep the moving forward).

  10. Craig Atton says:

    Spurs do by a longshot. If only because they are debutantes in this tournament at least compared to many of the other perennially competing clubs. We could say as much if only for the genuinely formidable opponent Inter will be. Group Stage of Champions are where clubs reveak their true grit and backbone. Will Spurs measure up? Likely not.

  11. mw828 says:

    was always going to be spurs obviously as they are in pot 3 and the others in pot 1.

  12. Mike says:

    Yes, definitely Spurs. But I see them getting out as one of the competition’s “minnows”. Braga too.

  13. Cord4Gooner says:

    Spurs fans Crying about Arsenal’s draw & how we get an easy group year after year…… & certainly that was true last year but getting easy groups is what happens when you are in the Champions League for 13 years straight. Something that the Spuds will never accomplish.

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