Juventus will be in Pot 1, while last year’s surprise package Roma join Napoli in Pot 2. Inter could find themselves in a ‘group of death’, as the lowest ranked of the bunch in Pot 4.
Here’s the best and worst case for all the Italian sides, ahead of the big draw…
Juventus will be significantly strengthened going forward this season, with new signing Cristiano Ronaldo ready to bring his imperious goalscoring form to I Bianconeri.
Benfica, Ajax and Club Brugge could all be put to the sword with relative ease, as Juventus look to storm to the top of their group.
Worst: Juventus, Borussia Dortmund,
While Borussia Dortmund aren’t quite the side they were a couple of seasons ago, they would represent a very tricky away trip, as would daunting visits to Anfield and
Best: Lokomotiv Moscow, Napoli,
While Young Boys just about scraped over the line after beating Dinamo Zagreb in the qualification playoff, they look set to be among the whipping boys in this year’s competition. Lokamotiv Moscow and PSV Eindhoven look the easiest matches to complete the group.
Worst: Manchester City, Napoli,
Roma could find themselves with a very fortuitous draw indeed, with the likes of Lokomotiv Moscow,
Worst: Real Madrid, Roma,
Having won the last three Champions League competitions on the bounce, it’s fair to say that nobody wants to draw Real Madrid, and Roma will be looking to avoid them like the plague. Again, facing Liverpool and
Best: Lokomotiv Moscow, Benfica,
Inter haven’t participated in the Champions League, and will be looking to return to the competition with a bang. A trio of
Worst: Barcelona, Manchester City, Monaco, Inter
With Lionel Messi still turning in outrageous performances on a weekly basis, Inter would do well to avoid facing Barcelona. Pep Guardiola’s rampant Manchester City could also do some damage, while Monaco could be a force to be reckoned with despite their slow start to the new Ligue 1 season.