Barça draw AC Milan, Ajax and Celtic in Champions League Group H

barcelona 4-0 ac milan messi goal 2-0Barça will face AC Milan, AFC Ajax and Celtic in this season’s group stage of the Champions League. This evening’s draw in Monaco, with Luis F*go pulling out the all-important group balls with his money-grabbing fingers, saw Barça placed in Group H which on paper looks very attractive and relatively comfortable. Barça have been fortunate to avoid possible opponents such as Paris Saint Germain, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund or Manchester City but all three of Barça’s opponents are previous winners of Europe’s top prize.

Barça have of course played Milan in the last two Champions League seasons. In 2011/12 the teams met in the group stage with a 2-2 draw at Camp Nou and a 2-3 victory for Barça in Milan and then again in the quarter-finals with Barça winning 3-1 on aggregate. Last season the teams met again in the last 16 and Milan gave Barça a shock with a 2-0 win in the first game at the San Siro though Barça put in the performance of the season to win 4-0 in the return.

Celtic have given Barça problems on a few occasions in recent years. Last season the teams met in the group stage with Barça again struggling against the Scots. At Camp Nou Jordi Alba needed to score an injury time goal to give Barça a 2-1 victory and in Glasgow Celtic achieved a surprise 2-1 win.

The clash with Ajax will be interesting due to the club’s similar football philosophy and it will also have the attraction of seeing Bojan Krkic up against his old teammates again.

The full draw is as follows:

Group A: Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Sociedad.

Group B: Real Madrid, Juventus, Galatasaray, Copenhagen.

Group C: Benfica, Paris Saint Germain, Olympiakos, Anderlecht.

Group D: Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, Manchester City, Viktoria Plsen.

Group E: Chelsea, Schalke 04, Basel, Steaua Bucharest.

Group F: Arsenal, Olympique de Marseille, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli.

Group G: Porto, Atlético Madrid, FC Zenit, Austria Vienna.

Group H: FC Barcelona, AC Milan, Ajax, Celtic.

The first games will be played on September 17/18 and the final round of group games will be on December 10/11. This season’s final will be played in Lisbon on Saturday 24 May 2014.

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3 Responses to Barça draw AC Milan, Ajax and Celtic in Champions League Group H

  1. jc12oc says:

    Some very entertaining games to look forward to. Celtic is never an easy place to go for anybody. I do think Barca will be much stronger this time round though and will top the group.

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  2. barcacentralomer says:

    The Chelski group is perhaps the easiest one. Porto and Man Utd must also be very pleased with their respective groups. I’m not sure why Barca end up with Milan in the CL group and/or KO stages. But I’d rather be facing the current Milan side than Ancelotti’s Milan. Celtic will surely cause us problems like last season with their physical game. Ajax strive to play the ‘beautiful game’ like us and since we have players of a higher quality than them, they should not pose much of a threat to our qualification hopes IMO.

    However games are not won on past performances or reputations and we’ll have to see if our team management have learnt from their mistakes of the past two seasons. We know that unlike the rest of the football world they don’t think a CB is a priority for the team, lets see if they’re right or we see a repeat of last season when our shaky defence is exposed by the top European teams.

    In case people are disappointed with our Group, spare a thought for poor Arsenal…;)

  3. nkistoe says:

    if martino uses squad rotatio early on we most certainly are going to be unstoppable even with injuries tello, batra, montoya, dos santos, roberto , donguo and bagnack would have the required experience

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