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French sides get mixed Champions League draws.


With the drawing for the UEFA Champions League group stages behind us, it seems that some teams will have a slightly easier time of qualifying than other. And, as always, that is usually the case.

Unfortunately for Olympique Marseille, they had to draw Group C, which consists of powerhouses AC Milan and Real Madrid. While O’M received a lot of press for their off season acquisitions, they didn’t receive as much as Real Madrid. For Marseille to to finish in the top two in this group would be a miracle. Still, miracles do happen.

Olympique Lyonnaise drew into a favorable group with Liverpool, Fiorintina and Debreceni. With Liverpool starting off the season poorly and Serie A not being as strong as it was in the past, Lyon could possibly win this group. At worse they could finish second.

If one were to look at the play of Liverpool the last two weeks and compare it to the play of Lyon in the last two Champions League qualifiers, it would be easy to see why Lyon would be a possible favorite. Liverpool missed Xavi Alonso, and it shows in their play. On the other hand, Lyon is enjoying the success of Lisandro Lopez, who is already becoming an icon in Ligue 1 eyes.

Bordeaux drew Group A, with Bayern Munich, Juventes and Maccabi Haifa. While Bordeaux past Champions League results have been, well, quite poor, they are looking to possibly qualify to the knock-out stage. Being the Ligue 1 Champions and starting off the season as the most dominate team in Ligue 1 shows that they have the stuff advance.

Bayern Munich isn’t as strong as they once where. While still a quality team, the 2006-07 and 2008-09 season were some of the worse they have had in the last 10 years. This should give Bordeaux a little extra confidence to pull off a win at home and, possibly, a draw at Munich.

Personally, I wanted to see Juventes play Marseille, but that match-up didn’t happen. Still how Bordeaux plays against Juventes might be the deciding factor on whether Bordeaux make the knockout stage.

In a nutshell……Lyon looks good to advance, Bordeaux has their work cut out for them, and Marseille, well, they better plan on concentrating on Ligue 1 and the cup competitions in France, because I don’t see them going far at all.


One Response

  1. i have the feeling lyon will do well in their group, maybe finishing top of their table.

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