Madrid on the mind for Forrest

Annette Crawford
August 24, 2017

The Blues, the 2012 winners, return after a season's absence after winning the English title under Antonio Conte.

Such euphoria proved to be short-lived, however, with a hard summer in the transfer market leaving a patchy squad seemingly ill-equipped to challenge on multiple fronts and questions over disgruntled Conte's long-term future still refusing to subside.

United, who were knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage in 2015-16, are in pot two alongside Man City, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Paris St Germain, Borussia Dortmund, Sevilla and Porto.

The opening round of fixtures will be played on Thursday 14 September with the final group game scheduled for Thursday 7 December.

Pot one contains the holders and champions of the highest-ranked European nations, while the three remaining pots are seeded by UEFA's co-efficient rankings. Those protected teams are the league winners from Spain, England, Germany, Italy, Portugal, France and Russian Federation.

'They are a huge team and they have some very famous players. No two teams from the same country can be drawn against one another, while sides from Russian Federation and Ukraine are also kept apart for political reasoning.

There are four pots of eight teams, with one team from each pot forming a group, although teams from the same association can not face each other.

The Parkhead side will land either Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Monaco, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk or Spartak Moscow from Pot One.

As we'll recall, the 32 participants are divided into four pots of eight, from which the eight groups of four will be drawn. Celtic, CSKA Moscow, Qarabag, Sporting Lisbon, APOEL Nicosia, Feyenoord, Maribor, RB Leipzig.

Who could Chelsea draw? United and City are in pot two, along with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Pot three appears a little easier on the eye in comparison. Chelsea are unlikely to quibble with any of Basel, Olympiacos or Anderlecht.

"Then they scored with a deflection, which isn't great, then we got a goal back through Scotty, which was a great finish, then we got an earful from the manager telling us to keep the ball, make them run".

McGregor said: "It feels great to be in the Champions League for the second season running".

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