Villarreal, Celtic and Aalborg BK are the other teams that make up our Champions League group, giving us a great away day north of the border again.
Villarreal – 2nd seed
Giuseppe Rossi and former Gooner, Pascal Cygan, are members of the Villarreal team we are set to face. Their highest scorer last season was Turkish forward, Nihat Kahveci, with 18 goals, Rossi coming in second with 11.
They failed to make it past the group stages last season, finishing 2nd in the league behind Real Madrid and ahead of Barcelona.
Celtic – 3rd seed
Celtic beat us in our last meeting, following a superb freekick from Shunsuke Nakamura. Louis Saha had the opportunity to level the score with a last minute penalty, but failed. United’s qualification to the next round suddenly became a lot more murky, with Celtic guaranteeing their place that evening.
Celtic manager, former red Gordan Strachan, won the league with them last season, finishing 3 points ahead of Rangers, and reached the group stages of the Champions League.
Aalborg BK – 4th seed
AaB are the current Danish champions, finishing ahead of FC Midtjylland (the team that beat City in the recent UEFA Cup qualifier).
They also featured in Spurs’ group in last season’s UEFA Cup and after going in 2-0 up at half time, lost 3-2 to the London club.
The other groups are:
Chelsea, Roma, Bordeaux, CFR Cluj
Inter Milan, Werder Bremen, Panathanaikos, Anorthosis Famagusta
Barcelona, Sporting Lisbon, Basel, Shaktar Donetsk
Liverpool, PSV Eindhoven, Marseille, Atletico Madrid
Lyon, Bayern Munich, Steaua Bucharest, Fiorentina
Arsenal, FC Porto, Fenerbahce, Dynamo Kiev
Real Madrid, Juventus, Zenit St Petersburg, FC BATE Borisov.
Group H should be fairly tasty!
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