The top 32 clubs in Europe learned their fate when the draw for the group stages of the 2017/18 Champions League group stage took place in Monaco on Thursday evening.
Four Spanish clubs were in the draw with defending champions Real Madrid being joined by Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla. With Real being in Pot 1 they were the first Spanish side to be drawn out and were followed by the other three in Pot 2.
It was Real who received the toughest draw of all the Spanish sides with a reunion against last seasons group opposition Borussia Dortmund from Pot 2 and North London’s Tottenham Hotspur from Pot 3 drawn into Group H.
APOEL were the team drawn out from Pot 4 and will be big outsiders in a tough looking group.
Atletico will also face a difficult task with Chelsea and Roma drawn alongside them in Group C. The Chelsea games will be particularly interesting with the ongoing transfer of Diego Costa making headlines at the moment although it looks unlikely that the Brazilian born striker will play as he is currently on strike at Chelsea while Atletico look to sign him from January when they can start registering players again after their ban. The fourth team in Group C will be Champions League debutants, Qarabag of Azerbaijan.
Barcelona have been drawn against last seasons conquerors, Juventus in Group D. Juve beat Barca 3-0 in Turin before playing out a 0-0 draw at Camp Nou to knock the Catalan giants out in the quarter-finals. They will be joined in Group D by Greek champions, Olympiakos and Sporting Club de Portugal.
Sevilla were drawn into Group E and they will be pleased to have avoided some of the big guns with Spartak Moscow being one of the weaker sides in Pot 1. They weren’t quite so lucky in Pot 3 with Liverpool coming out of the hat. Sevilla and Liverpool have some recent history in Europe with the Andalusian’s beating them in the Final of the 2016 Europa League. The fourth and final team in the group are Maribor of Slovenia who will be a big underdog in the group.
While this years draw hasn’t been particularly kind to the Spanish contingent it would still be a huge surprise if any of the four failed to make it out of the group. They should all have enough quality in their squads to finish in the top two and once again there should be strong Spanish representation in the latter stages of Europe’s premier club competition.