Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United’s bad luck is still not over, the Red Devils are not very well-positioned for this Thursday’s UEFA Champions League draw.
If you thought that Manchester United and Jose Mourinho were done with the bad luck from a dreadful week, think again because the UEFA Champions League draw is today and there are very bad scenarios in which the Red Devils could fall. But just so you don’t think we have something against Manchester United, we are going to talk about the worst possible scenarios of all the Premier League clubs for this draw and where they could stand by the end of the ceremony. The Red Devils are positioned alongside Tottenham Hotspur in Pot number 2, they share it with Italian club Napoli and AS Roma, Portuguese clubs Porto and Benfica, German club Borussia Dortmund, and finally Ukranian club Shakhtar Donetsk. The Red Devils could end up getting some of the most competitive groups from this draw, they could potentially be paired with the likes of Real Madrid, Monaco or Internazionale Milano in the same group just like Tottenham. This is the exact scenario that both English clubs are trying to avoid.
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However, out of the two clubs that share the second pot, there is no question that Manchester United right now is regarded as the weakest of both. Let’s not forget that the Champions League rules state that clubs from the same country are not allowed to share the same group during this first stage of the competition, which is why United and Spurs will at least avoid Manchester City wh are in Pot 1, and Liverpool who are in Pot 3. The Citizens’ latest top performances in the last five years of this tournament have given them the right to share the title contenders’ Pot 1, where we will find Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, FC Barcelona, Bayern Munchen, Juventus FC, Paris Saint-Germain, and Lokomotiv Moscow. These are the clubs that have either become champions in their own countries as well as performed well in the most recent editions of the tournament. In Atletico Madrid’s case, they have earned the Pot 1 position because they won last season’s Europa League.
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Tottenham Hotspur have already been seeded in pot two ahead of Thursday’s draw.
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The rest of the pots.
For Pot 3 we have Liverpool as we previously mentioned, which is one of the strongest clubs in the lot. The Reds share the space with French clubs AS Monaco and Olympique Lyonnais, Dutch clubs Ajax and PSV, Spanish club Valencia, German side Schalke 04, and Russian club CSKA Moscow. Finally, in Pot 4 we have Czech club Viktoria Plzen, Club Brugge from Belgium, Young Boys from Switzerland, Red Star from Belgrade, AEK Athens from Greece, Galatasaray from Turkey, Hoffenheim from the German Bundesliga, and Internazionale Milano who looks like a very promising squad for this edition of the UEFA Champions League. The English clubs have some very interesting moments ahead of them, but the ones in Pot 2 are who could potentially get the worst case scenario kind of deal. The ceremony will be held at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco and will start at 18:00 CET.
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Awards that will be given at the ceremony.
Another important event that will take place in the ceremony will be the awards for UEFA that will feature six different prizes. The most important is obviously the UEFA Player of the Year Award for both males and females, but the men’s award is the one that has the most media attention because it has a very interesting podium formed by Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, and Mohamed Salah. The other awards that will be delivered are the prize the for the best Goalkeeper of the Year, best Defender of the year, best Midfielder of the year, and best Forward of the year. There is very little presence from English clubs in this section of the ceremony but it will be just as important nonetheless. For Manchester United, this night could be a turning point from a very forgettable week, but it could also be one more step towards Jose Mourinho’s definitive farewell because if the club gets a complicated group stage and they get eliminated before the knock-out stages, the Portuguese manager will certainly get sacked.
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