Los Blancos will certainly be one of the happier teams having avoided a much tougher group coming out of pot 2. Perhaps the only let down will be the amount of travel Los Blancos are likely to clock up midweek with trips to Italy, Ukraine and Moldova all the books. There won’t be any easy matches, but Madrid should feel confident of winning a potential shootout for first place with Inter Milan as Italian champions have sold off a huge bulk of their title wining squad due to financial troubles.
Sheriff Tiraspol will play Real Madrid. Incredible.— Euan McTear (@emctear) August 26, 2021
We all know Transfermarkt valuations should be taken with a pinch of salt, but that's a squad worth €13m total vs a squad worth €739m total.
Outside of that, there was unfortunately little to report from a Real Madrid perspective. Barcelona Feminino conducted a clean sweep of the women’s awards including women’s player of the year Alexia Putellas while Chelsea managed to clinch goalkeeper, defender and midfielder. Erling Haaland took the forward of the year and Jorginho was named player of the year.
The final groups are below with Group A or Group E looking like the potential groups of death on paper.
Group A: Man. City, Paris, Leipzig, Brugge
Group C: Sporting CP, Dortmund, Ajax, Beşiktaş
Group D: Inter, Real Madrid, Shakhtar, Sheriff
Group E: Bayern, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kiev
Group F: Villarreal, Man. United, Atalanta, Young Boys
Group G: LOSC, Sevilla, Salzburg, Wolfsburg
Group H: Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit, Malmo