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Champions League Group Stage Draw: Open Thread And Discussion

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MONACO - AUGUST 30:  Chelsea FC during a press conference at the Grimaldi Forum on August 30, 2012 in Monaco, Monaco.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
MONACO - AUGUST 30: Chelsea FC during a press conference at the Grimaldi Forum on August 30, 2012 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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So today we find out who we'll be drawing for the group stage of the Champions League. Graham made a fancy table so that we can all easily determine what teams we could draw out of every pot, and we further broke down the teams we could be facing here, here, and here. The draw begins in a little bit, so I guess it's time to stop speculating and discuss who our actual opponents are.

A difficult draw will likely lead to some marquee games, and that would certainly be fun for us as fans. It also makes competing domestically a bit more difficult though, as you'll be adding six extremely important matchups into an already difficult stretch of the schedule. An easier draw may not be as fun to watch, but it should make it easier to focus on the Premier League. It also potentially provides a few meaningless games in which Chelsea could look to hand out some minutes to youth.

There are good points and bad for both situations, so there's really no wrong thing to be cheering for today. With that in mind, please be respectful of other fans views. Keep it clean, no links to illegal streams, and have fun.