It’s not long now until midweek evenings are spent watching the best teams in Europe compete in the Champions League.
This evening will see the draw for the group stages of the competition as Real Madrid attempt to defend their crown.
Zinedine Zidane’s side triumphed in Milan in May after overcoming city rivals Atletico on penalties after a 1-1 draw. It was an unprecedented 11th triumph for Madrid and they will be searching for number 12 this season.
Los Blancos were dealt a potentially tricky Champions League group last season with them having to see off Paris Saint-Germain, Shakhtar Donetsk and Malmo. However, they did so in style, winning five matches whilst drawing away to PSG.
So, ahead of this season’s draw, we’ve taken a look at how it could pan out for Madrid. We’ve picked the hardest possible group for Zidane’s side, while we’ve also looked at the easiest opponents in the group stages.
Worst case scenario
Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur, Besiktas
Madrid could be involved in the group of death with Dortmund, Spurs and Besiktas creating a very tricky group.
Dortmund have returned to the Champions League after their absence last year and their attacking line-up strong extremely strong this season.
Spurs will also make a return to Europe’s elite competition and have the ability to make the latter stages.
Meanwhile, Besiktas could pose a considerable threat with a potentially tough trip to Turkey.
Best case scenario
Real Madrid, Porto, Club Brugge, Legia Warsaw
Porto may boast some talented players but they are one of the weakest sides in pot two. Drawing Porto would also mean an emotional return to the Bernabeu for Iker Casillas.
Madrid would also fancy their chances against both Club Brugge from Belgium and Poland’s Legia Warsaw in a group they should ease through.
Cristiano Ronaldo and co. would certainly be licking their lips if they were handed this draw.