The group stage draw for the new season of the Champions League took place in Monaco yesterday evening and Tottenham Hotspur were drawn in group B along with Bayern Munich, Red Star Belgrade, and Olympiacos.
Tottenham fans will be relatively happy with the draw considering that the club were in pot 2 for the draw and could have been handed a much tougher group.
On paper, Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich and Tottenham will both be massive favourites to progress to the knockout stages.
Bayern manager Niko Kovac as well as Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller, and Joshua Kimmich have all reacted to being drawn in the same group as Spurs.
Kovac said he is excited to visit their opponents’ stadiums but remained confident that the Germans can progress to the knockout stages.
Speaking to Bayern’s official website, Kovac said, “It’s a very interesting group, I’m looking forward to our opponents and their stadiums, which promise great atmosphere. I’m confident we’ll reach the knockout stages.
Meanwhile, both Kimmich and Muller discussed their delight at being drawn in the same group as last season’s runners up.
Muller said, “Tottenham Hotspur are very interesting opponents, I personally haven’t played against them so far. Our two matches against last year’s finalists will definitely be thrilling.”
Kimmich added, “I’m particularly glad last year’s Champions League finalists are in our group. It’s a good chance for us to prove we’re at a top European level against Tottenham.”
Manuel Nuer opined that he expects the race for the top spot in the group to be between Spurs and Bayern.
He said, “We’ve been handed two strong teams in Olympiacos and Red Star, but I think the race for first and second place will be between Tottenham and us.
“Tottenham have a very good team, they proved it in the Champions League last season and at the Audi Cup in Munich during pre-season.”
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While the group looks quite straight forward on paper, it is worth remembering that Tottenham were knocked out in the group stage in the 16/17 season from what looked to be an easy group. The away games against Olympiacos and Red Star Belgrade will be extremely hard and Spurs cannot afford to underestimate either team.
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