Twitter Reacts to the 2015-16 Champions League Group-Stage Draw

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2015

Former French football player Eric Abidal (screen) takes part in the UEFA Champions League Group stage draw ceremony, on August 27, 2015 in Monaco. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE        (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
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On Thursday evening, football fans around Europe focused their attention on the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco to watch UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino conduct the infuriatingly lengthy spectacle of the 2015-16 Champions League group-stage draw.

Before the balls were tossed into bowls, Twitter was full of speculation, fears of a 12,000-mile round trip to face Astana in Kazakhstan and, of course, banter: 

The fans who made the rookie error of tuning in to see the draw at the advertised start time were treated to UEFA's traditionally bloated ceremony:

After around 20 minutes of dithering, the draw finally got underway. And so began the customary struggle to actually get the names out of their tiny spherical prisons: 

After a further 20 minutes of frantic ball-twisting (careful), the draw was complete:

One of the biggest talking points on Twitter was Arsenal's competition in Group F. Arsene Wenger's men will face yet another pair of clashes with Bayern Munich and Olympiacos, while Dinamo Zagreb rounded out the group. This familiar set of circumstances did not sit well with the Emirates faithful, but it did encourage a little schadenfreude:

Manchester United have a reputation for landing "easy" groups, and this tradition seemed to continue in Group B, where they were pitted against Wolfsburg, PSV Eindhoven and CSKA Moscow:

United's noisy neighbours City, on the other hand, didn't have it quite so easy. Manuel Pellegrini's men will face last year's finalists Juventus, Europa League champs Sevilla and Borussia Monchengladbach in what is being called the "Group of Death":

Jose Mourinho might look fondly on the draw. Not only will he return to his old stomping ground Porto in Group G, but Chelsea will also face Dynamo Kiev and Maccabi Tel Aviv: 

If City were drawn into the Group of Death, then Group H—featuring Zenit St. Petersburg, Valencia, Lyon and Gent—is being perceived as the Group of Life:

The draw is ostensibly random, but that hasn't helped some from expressing their distrust in football's governing bodies—with varying levels of credibility:

Despite the protestations, surprisingly familiar groups and typically dull draw process, the event gave us an image that we may all savour for the ages. Behold: 

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