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Newcastle United set to face Champions League group of death

As Newcastle United secures a coveted place in the Champions League for the upcoming season after a decade-long absence, fans are faced with a delightful predicament.

When embarking on a European adventure, should they hope for the easiest group possible, aiming for a smoother path to the knockout stages?

Or should they eagerly anticipate facing European giants, relishing memorable away trips and the opportunity to claim significant victories?

The complexity of UEFA’s seeding system makes it challenging to determine the possible groups, but dedicated enthusiasts and online resources provide invaluable insights.

Thanks to the elaborate seeding system implemented by UEFA, Newcastle United, under the management of Eddie Howe, would find themselves in the lowest-seeded section, Pot 4, for the group stage draw.

This positioning opens up a wide range of potential opponents, from formidable powerhouses to relatively less daunting adversaries.

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Newcastle United have exceeded expectations this season under Eddie Howe (Credit: Chronicle Live)

NOTE: Teams from the same respective league CANNOT face each other in the group stages.

In Pot 1, the club could be drawn against the likes of Manchester City, Barcelona, Napoli, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Paris Saint-Germain, Feyenoord, or Inter, depending on the outcomes of the Champions League final.

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The prospect of facing footballing giants and historical powerhouses might be thrilling for fans, but it also poses a significant challenge.

Pot 2 contains formidable opponents like Real Madrid, Manchester United, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, RB Leipzig, Porto, Arsenal or Inter, again depending on the final results.

In Pot 3, potential opponents include Arsenal or Feyenoord (depending on the Champions League final), Shakhtar Donetsk, RB Salzburg, Lazio, and Red Star Belgrade. Additionally, teams such as Dinamo Zagreb, Rangers, and Braga could enter through the qualifying stages, further complicating the group composition.

Finally, in Pot 4, Newcastle United, Celtic, Real Sociedad, Union Berlin, Lens, and potentially Galatasaray and Young Boys, who may qualify via the preliminary rounds.

Potential Champions League group of DEATH:

  1. Bayern Munich
  2. Real Madrid
  3. Inter Milan
  4. Newcastle United

Now, back to the question at hand: which option is preferable for Newcastle United and their fans? It ultimately depends on the club’s objectives and aspirations.

A favourable draw with easier opponents in the group stage would offer a smoother path to the knockout stages, increasing the chances of progression and extending the European campaign.

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