Nice Numbers: 2017-18 UEFA Champions League

So the Champions League draw for the 2017-18 tournament has been announced and boy what a campaign it will be with the likes of Chelsea and Atletico Madrid, and Juventus and Barcelona being drawn in the same group. Liverpool fans will be happy with their draw but the same can’t be said about Tottenham, they have to battle Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund for a top two spot. Before the campaign kicks off let’s take a look at some facts from each group.

Group A

Benfica qualified after claiming their fourth consecutive Primeira Liga title

Manchester United have only lost one of six previous meetings against Benfica in the Champions League

Basel Have won nine league titles in 10 years and feature former Gold Coast United and Melbourne Victory left back Adama Traore

CSKA Moscow have finished fourth in their group in their past four Champions League campaigns

Group B

Bayern Munich haven’t faced a French team in the Group Stage since Lille in 2012-13

Paris St-Germain forward Edinson Cavani has scored 25 goals in 44 Champions League appearances

Anderlecht won the least amount of points out of the 32 teams, winning just 61 on their way to winning the Belgium Pro League

Celtic While Celtic won the most. They finished on 106 points as they went the entire 2016-17 Scottish Premier League without defeat

Group C 

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte failed to take Juventus past the Group Stage in his previous campaign in 2013-14

Atletico Madrid‘s worst performance in the Champions League in recent years was in 2014-15 where they finished 1st on 13 points and were defeated in the Quarter-Finals. Not bad.

Roma scored four or more goals in a game eight times in the Serie A last season as they scored 90 goals and finished second

Qarabag are the first team to represent Azerbaijan in the Champions League

Group D

Juventus have lost their past five Champions League finals

Barcelona‘s Leo Messi is six goals away from becoming the second player to score 100 Champions League goals. The other? Cristiano Ronaldo

Olympiacos conceded just 16 goals in the 30-game 2016-17 Greek Super League season

Sporting Lisbon defeated Steau Bucharest 5-1 in the second leg of their play-off tie to qualify

Group E 

Spartak Moscow Are 22-time Russian champions but haven’t played Champions League football since 2012-13 when they were eliminated in the Group Stage

Sevilla Scored three second half goals to defeat Liverpool 3-1 in the 2015-16 Europa League final

Liverpool became the fifth English team to qualify for the 2017-18 Champions League, the most in the nation’s history

Maribor have won 14 Slovenian league titles in the past 20 years

Group F

Skakhtar Donesk A third of their players are from Brazil with six of the eight Brazilians playing in the midfield

Manchester City Pep Guardiola has a winning percentage of 59 in the Champions League but his Round of 16 exit was his earliest in eight seasons

Napoli forward trio Jose Callejon, Dries Mertens, and Lorenzo Insigne combined to score 46 of Napoli’s 94 goals in the Serie A last season

Feyenoord won their first league title since 1998-99 to qualify for the Champions League this season

Group G

Monaco made it through to the semi-finals are qualifying in the play-off stage last season

FC Porto have progressed to the knockout stages in their past six campaigns.

Beskitas are aiming to end Turkey’s three-year run of having their champions eliminated in the Group Stage

RB Leipzig are the youngest club in the Champions League this season at just eight years old

Group H 

Real Madrid are undefeated in their past 26 Group Stage matches last losing to Borussia Dortmund in October 2012

Borussia Dortmund scored 21 Group Stage goals last season, the most in the competition’s history

Tottenham‘s best finish in this tournament was making the Quarter-finals in 2010-11 when they were defeated by Real Madrid

APOEL have made 16 Champions League appearances but have only made it past the Group Stage once.

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