There is always a team that upsets the apple cart and thats usually in the toughest group and usually in the team with an english team and an italian team in it, i do feel that we have to be on the ball the whole time as even though our group is not that hard on paper, Italian teams have this annoying habit of making life very difficult for themselves
Overall the four Serie A clubs were relatively content with the Champions’ League draw.
President Franco Sensi: “It was a medium to good draw for us. Real Madrid are obviously the most difficult opponents, but we will take on the European Champions with a relaxed attitude. We picked a team from all levels in this group – a great side like Real, a medium team in AEK Athens and Belgians Genk are an average club. I’d say it went well.”
“It will be an exciting encounter with Real Madrid. We won’t have Francesco Totti, Gabriel Batistuta or Francisco Lima due to their bans for the Galatasaray match last year, but we have plenty of strong players to fill in.”
Coach Fabio Capello: “It’s certainly a difficult group and not just because our first game is against Real Madrid. The two trips to Athens and Genk will complicate matters further. Let’s hope we get a better start than last season, when we played on that tragic September 11.”
Coach Marcello Lippi: “We have the toughest group as all four teams are more or less on the same level. Our opponents will be further along in their training as their Leagues have already started.”
“Compared to last year we will face more glamorous sides. Newcastle can count on Alan Shearer, a real goal-scoring machine. Feyenoord have Pierre Van Hooijdonk, while we will immediately send our scouts over to check out Dynamo Kiev.”
Director Roberto Bettega: “We have this good fortune, or misfortune, to always end up in very balanced groups. The last game is in Kiev and we hope to find a warm climate. We have played in the Ukraine before and know what to expect. I don’t know if we’ll reach that final match with the qualification already sorted out.”
“We know Feyenoord well and certainly don’t need to watch Friday’s Supercup game with Real Madrid to learn about this team. Our injuries could prove a problem for the opening ties, but we hope to have Antonio Conte and Igor Tudor back for the first game.”
Coach Hector Cuper: “It looks like a very balanced group. The Champions’ League is filled with great teams this year and the quality is high. Milan will have extra motivation because their draw was so tough.”
Director Giacinto Facchetti: “All opponents are tough at this stage of the competition and we are happy with the draw. Inter must be strong. Rosenborg are already well into their season and have recently done well, so we must not underestimate them in the opening tie. Thankfully, we started early because of the preliminary round and are therefore fitter than some other Serie A sides.”
SoccerAge.com's exclusive network got its ambitious tentacles on Juventus general manager Luciano Moggi this afternoon, who kindly outlined his thoughts on the Champions League group Juve were placed in together with Feyenoord, Dinamo Kiev, and Newcastle United.
"It's hard to comment this draw. It will be a good group if we make it through. We will face teams that all have a great past, having won something in Europe. They are all difficult adversaries, who more, who less. However we have a serious danger to face, something that Inter and Milan don't have, as they partook in the preliminary phase. The Milanese teams are in fact already in-form; we instead, like AS Roma, have only played friendly matches so far, so we will have some difficulties against teams that already began their championship campaigns. Ultimately, it's not an impossible group," said Moggi.
On a separate note, the Juventus general manager also told SoccerAge.com sister site Rete.it that he expects the Serie A to start on September 15th.
"Yes, I believe it will start on that date. But it's impossible to predict things. That is the expected date, let's see what happens," added one of calcio's most powerful men.