Spurs update for the day:
In exciting cup news, we got our League Cup draw. Home against Gillingham. What the fuck is a Gillingham? No idea, so I looked up Gillingham on Google Maps. Then I zoomed out. Then I zoomed out again. Canterbury off in the corner of the screen. I zoomed out again. Ah, London to the West. This team is assuredly from a bucolic countryside town and probably our best case scenario for an early round draw. A handful of BPL teams have drawn each other. This will be a chance for our deep reserves to get some first team action.
In actual exciting cup news, Champions League group stages were drawn today and I think we got really lucky. Here’s the draw:
Based on the quantity of German and Spanish teams we were pretty much guaranteed to get at least 1 of them. We got the 3rd best German team, the worst team from Pot 1, and a blah Monaco team. This is definitely a group we can win, and we only need to finish in the top 2 to go through to the knock-out stages. It’s important for the club to get to the knock-out stages because it a) cements us as a world class club, b) payouts are really large–potentially more than we’ll earn from finishing in the top 4 this season in the BPL, and c) good performances by English clubs will guarantee that we keep 4 spots in CL and 2 spots in Europa. If the BPL teams crash out quickly again this year it may knock us down to 3 and 3.
Otherwise, the groups are pretty even. We could have been drawn into Groups B, D, E, F, or H and we got the best one. Leicester’s Group G looks pretty easy as well. Arsenal and City got tougher draws. Groups B, C, D, and maybe F are probably the toughest.
Liverpool fans, Champions League is a club competition in Europe. It’s for the best teams in each country. You can read about it in the history of Liverpool. Or you can follow Brendan Rodgers. He’s in the Champions League with Celtic. Maybe Liverpool was holding him back and not the other way around.