AC Milan: Breaking Down Their Opponents in Champions League Group C

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AC Milan: Breaking Down Their Opponents in Champions League Group C
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Much work to be done if Milan are to repeat these scenes of 2007

On the face of things, AC Milan’s Champions League draw looks relatively straightforward. 

As a result of being placed among the top seeds in Pot 1 for the draw—UEFA’s coefficient somehow puts Porto in Pot 1 while undefeated Italian champs and seven-time finalists Juventus are in Pot 3, so Milan have seemingly ended up in their position more through recent participation than being the second most successful team in the tournament's history—Milan have managed to avoid the kind of “group of death” that Manchester City face. 

Having had to deal with Read Madrid and Barcelona in the past two seasons’ groups, this will come as a welcome relief.

But to assume that qualification from this group will be automatic for the Rossoneri is to ignore three teams, all of whom will present certain difficulties for the seven-time champions of Europe.  Coupled with the mounting injury crisis at the San Siro, Milan can ill-afford to take their group stage opponents lightly.

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