How the redraw has affected clubs
Do remember that this is ultimately a matter of opinion and anything can happen in the Champions League, but without further ado, check out how the redraw has affected every club down below:
16. BAYERN MUNICH.
FROM ATLETICO MADRID TO RED BULL SALZBURG.
Truth be told, Bayern would have fancied their chances against any team, but they’ve benefited from the redraw more than any other club as they now face one of the tournament’s weakest outfits.
15. ATLETICO MADRID FROM BAYERN MUNICH TO MANCHESTER UNITED.
This might sound harsh on United, but we like to think of this as Atletico transiting from almost certain defeat at the hands of Bayern to actually standing a chance against Ralf Rangnick’s side.
14. VILLARREAL FROM MANCHESTER CITY TO JUVENTUS.
The ‘Yellow Submarines’ have their backs against the wall no matter who they come up against, but an inconsistent Juventus side are far more beatable than arguably the competition’s favourites.
13. BENFICA FROM REAL MADRID TO AJAX.
Just because we think this is actually a pretty favourable rearrangement for Benfica, it doesn’t mean that we fancy their chances against this season’s Champions League dark horses.
12. AJAX FROM INTER MILAN TO BENFICA.
While Ajax probably would have been favourites against both teams given their Champions League form this season, there’s no denying that Benfica pose a more straight-forward path to victory.
11. MANCHESTER UNITED FROM PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN TO ATLETICO MADRID.
It’s an improvement… just. Atletico have only won two Champions League games all season, so United might fancy their chances against Los Rojiblancos slightly more than against PSG.
10. MANCHESTER CITY FROM VILLARREAL TO SPORTING.
Let’s face it, both draws were pretty generous to City and this ultimately just comes down to the fact that we fancy Villarreal’s chances on the European stage every so slightly more than Sporting’s.
8 & 9. Chelsea and Lille
Ah, welcome to the cushy and cosy middle-ground of Chelsea vs Lille with UEFA’s redraw throwing up the exact same fixture as the first time around, so there’s no changes here.
7. JUVENTUS FROM SPORTING CP TO VILLARREAL.
Like we say, Villarreal have a negligibly higher chance of winning the Champions League this season, so we do deem Juventus’ redraw to have been ever so slightly less favourable.
6. RED BULL SALZBURG FROM LIVERPOOL TO BAYERN MUNICH.
Truth be told, we don’t think the redraw has battered Salzburg too dramatically because although Liverpool are a marginally lesser opponent, both Bayern and the Reds would surely dump them out.
*5. LIVERPOOL FROM RED BULL SALZBURG TO INTER MILAN*
The Reds won’t be fearing Inter too much, so we’re not suggesting that UEFA have fed them to the wolves here, but let’s not deny that it’s a fairly tougher prospect than taking on Salzburg.
4. PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN FROM MANCHESTER UNITED TO REAL MADRID.
At the end of the day, we just happen to think that Real are a stronger team than United and that Mauricio Pochettino’s men would have fancied their chances a lot more after the initial draw.
3. INTER MILAN FROM AJAX TO LIVERPOOL.
Ajax were just about the easiest team that Inter could have drawn, though they’re by no means an easy opponent, so seeing Liverpool come out the hat second time around was a massive blow
2. SPORTING CP FROM JUVENTUS TO MANCHESTER CITY.
Let’s face it, Juventus are going to get found out when the Champions League enters the business end of the season, so Sporting will be ruing the fact that they’ll now be facing Pep Guardiola instead.
1. REAL MADRID FROM BENFICA TO PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN.
Imagine going from drawing arguably the worst team left in the competition to a side whose front three is comprised of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. Real really have been mugged off.