Today the qualifying rounds of the Champions League 2021/22. In the absence of meeting the last 3 teams to enter the group stage, Wednesday’s draw could leave us real great matches for this first part of the biggest European club competition.
Most of those ‘jewels’ would come out of the teams that occupy the first two pots. In the first are the champions of Europe (Chelsea and Villarreal), and the major leagues of the continent. Manchester City, Atlético de Madrid, Bayern Munich, Lille, Inter de Milan and Sporting Portugal they are the ones who make it up.
In the second there are teams that tend to be higher. Real Madrid or Barcelona are two very clear examples, although Paris saint germain or Juventus nothing is left behind. The fact that these four share a picture will prevent us from seeing ‘luxuries’ like a Messi–Christian or a return of anyone to Barcelona or Madrid. The same would happen with Neymar and … Mbappé ?.
You also have to keep in mind that teams from the same country cannot be played. Still, the draw could leave us duels the size of a Bayern Munich-Real Madrid, see the Bavarians against him Barcelona or Juventus, where the two great dominators of their countries of the last decade would meet. A Bayern-Paris Saint Germain, end of 2020 and that happened last year, it would be tremendous too, as well as seeing them against him United or the Liverpool.
The City would give luster too to games against the two greats of our country. In addition to the level of the match, we could see Guardiola back in Barcelona or Madrid. The ‘luxury party’ City-Paris Saint Germain, in which Pep would meet again with Messi, he is not far behind. Not a Chelsea-PSG, another party of ‘billionaires’.
The Chelsea-Real Madrid would be an opportunity for revenge white after this year’s semi-finals, and watch the blues against Barcelona it had always become a classic in Europe. Or the possibility that the Atlético visit Anfield or Old Trafford, that sounds very attractive. Let’s include Juventus in this shortlist. See to Cristiano at Wanda would be a great luxury.
Finally, it would not hurt to Inter came to Madrid or Barcelona, in a true duel of the titans. On definitive, a lot of great games that will begin to be defined within just 48 hours.
THE MATCHES THAT COULD HAVE IN THE GROUP PHASE
Atlético de Madrid-Juventus
Atlético de Madrid-Liverpool
Atlético de Madrid-PSG
Atlético de Madrid-United