We already know in which groups the Spanish teams will play during this year’s group phase? Barça has been the luckiest team and, for them, is going to be easy to reach the next phase. However and even if Valencia and Malaga have chances to approach the next phase, it won’t be easy! And for Real Madrid is going to be hard to pass, since they will play in the Group of Death.
One more year everything suggests that FC Barcelona will carry out with the last 16 round of the Champions. The fortunate team leaded by Vilanova, will play the first phase of the tournament against Benfica, Spartak Moscow and Celtic. Unless a disaster occurs, the Catalan should have no problems to go by.
Less advantage has had Real Madrid. The current champion of La Liga will play in the Group of Death against two other league’s champions, Manchester City and Borussia Dormunt, and the legendary Ajax. Although the high level of this group, Real Madrid is one of the favourites to achieve the next round.
Valencia have talent to play in the last 16 round. Despite they have to play against Bayern Munchen (Bundesliga subchampion), they will also play against Lille and Bate Borisov, and so everything seems “positive” for Valencia.
Malaga, the current Spanish debutant in the Champions League, have not had misfortune in this draw. They will play against Milan, Zenit and Anderlecht. These teams have lot of experience in the competition but they are not better than Malaga.
… The long road that leads to Paradise is starting to be written… Now, we just need to wait and see which teams will pursue it. Let’s get the Champions started!