The Champions League draw is done and Barcelona is in Group D against Panathinaikos (Greece), Copenhagen (Denmark), and Rubin Kazan (Russia).
I feel fortunate at this point because I don’t think any of those teams are particularly dangerous. I think we’re in the easiest group of all of them, though I should also point out that Rubin Kazan was a very tough opponent when we played them in last year’s group stage. It’s just that this year we’ll have their number, I’m sure of it. I don’t expect us to go through undefeated, of course, but I do expect us to qualify first.
Panathinaikos FC, a subdivision of Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos, is based in Athens, Greece. They qualified directly to the Champions League by winning the Greek Super League.
FC København is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. They qualified as Danish champions and then defeated BATE Borisov and Rosenborg in CL qualifiers.
Rubin Kazan is based in Kazan, Russia. They qualified directly to the group stage as Russian Champions.
Dates have yet to be set, but should be very soon.
What are your thoughts on this?