Look, we all know how it works by now. 17:00 CET, somewhere in Switzerland. Thirty-two teams in four pots, redirected in eight groups via mini plastic balls in salad bowls. At least one very talented former footballer will have problems opening these mini-balls.
Some will be dumped into a hellishly difficult group commonly known as “Slavia Prague”. There will be a strange group with four mediocre teams of very similar abilities. There will be shoe prizes, arcane television broadcast rules and, of course, Pedro Pinto. So let̵
First course: Bayern Munich, Seville, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Juventus, PSG, Zenit, Porto.
Pot two: Barcelona, Atlético Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Ajax.
Third band: Dynamo Kyiv, Red Bull Salzburg, RB Leipzig, Internazionale, Olympiakos, Lazio, Krasnodar, Atalanta.
Fourth plate: Lokomotiv Moscow, Marseille, Club Brugge, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Istanbul Basaksehir, FC Midtjylland, Rennes, Ferencvaros.