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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.

UEFA Champions League @ChampionsLeague

All the teams in today's #UCLdraw. Can you find yours? http://t.co/NDrNXCI5n1

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: 

Hiffey @PsychoCesc

#UCLdraw Great banter!! Bendtner among the greatest😂😂 #UCLdraw http://t.co/Notstano51

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:

Top Corner @HITCtopcorner

GET ON WITH IT #UCLdraw http://t.co/QJ0Ze53XJU

Howler Magazine @whatahowler

If #UCLDRAW lasts any longer, a whole other generation of players will have retired and we’ll have to bring them all out on stage. Hurry up!

B/R Football @brfootball

Waiting for the actual #UCLDraw to start like… http://t.co/9MhgIMAfUX

Robert Dunford @repd1975

The #UCLdraw drags like the last two hours of an 8h transatlantic flight

Soccer Gods @soccergods

The excitement level at the #UCLdraw is palpable, evidenced by the elderly man who seems to have called it quits. http://t.co/dkuDhzEOXO

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: 

Nipun Chopra, PhD @NipunChopra7

Chelsea's UCL ball was as difficult to crack open as Chelsea are on defense. Probably b/c there was a full-sized bus inside.

FOX Soccer @FOXSoccer

It's okay, Paolo Maldini. Life is hard. #UCLDraw http://t.co/SQjeSJG9ub

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

Guardian sport @guardian_sport

Here is the Champions League draw in full … http://t.co/C8eRAqEsfb #UCLdraw http://t.co/ox1JPeMy2X

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:

BuzzFeed Sports @BuzzFeedSports

Hey Wenger how do you feel about being in the same group as Bayern? #UCLDraw http://t.co/rRqf79FRxs

Soccer Gods @soccergods

Meanwhile, on #Arsenal Twitter... #UCLdraw http://t.co/RkXK5XcGRF

Miriti Murungi @NutmegRadio

This is how I'm feeling about this #UCLdraw right now. http://t.co/FGNuMSWeKn

Top Corner @HITCtopcorner

Thomas Muller can't wait to get his hands on Arsenal... #AFC #UCLdraw https://t.co/Yxxagm1qGs

⭐️Benny Blanco💫 @Jabz_DaLastKing

Wenger please buy someone now. We cant have Giroud upfront vs Bayern

James Buckley @James_Buckley

This probably sums it up #ChampionsLeague http://t.co/7zRobbVz8B

Abi Broomfield @AbiAbnormal

Can we ask for a redraw? #Arsenal #ChampionsLeague

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:

Ladbrokes @Ladbrokes

Man United fans when they see they've drawn PSV... #UCLDraw #MUFC http://t.co/tiwFyn2JgZ

Balls.ie @ballsdotie

Memphis will be back at PSV sooner than he thought, that's a lovely draw for United #UCLDraw

Not Match of the Day @NOT_MOTD

Man Utd fans after getting PSV and CSKA Moscow in the #UCLdraw http://t.co/bKG5TSptmF

Ian Doyle @IanDoyleSport

Manchester United. It's almost like they were never away from the Champions League #drawntofacecoventry

Seán @whatseantweets

The predictable "fixed for united" tweets are coming with this impending #UCLdraw #mufc http://t.co/7znHE1oRQe

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":

Liam Canning @LiamPaulCanning

Man City want to be recognised as one of Europe's elite, well, here's your chance. Very difficult group.

Pinnacle @PinnacleSports

#MCFC fans right now. #UCLdraw http://t.co/0kq8qBNDA4

Tancredi Palmeri @tancredipalmeri

No questions: death group is Juventus, Manchester City, Sevilla, Borussia Moenchengladbach

Jay @Jay82_LFC

City get the most difficult group. United get the easiest group. In other news, the sky is blue & grass is green #UCLdraw

Stan @StanFinger

Death, taxes, sunrise....and ManCity being drawn into the Group of Death. #UCLdraw

J-Wo @wonnyjalsh

Reaction comes in to another #ManCity #ChampionsLeague draw... http://t.co/nwxqMXdlpu

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: 

Top Corner @HITCtopcorner

Porto and Chelsea, Jose is going home! #UCLdraw #CFC http://t.co/8ldpNz3bjx

Peter Danielsson @Zhelzea01

As a blues-fan I'm happy with the draw, looking forward to it. #ChampionsLeague #chelsea

Tom Chance @t_chance

Chelsea earned an easy draw by winning the league and becoming a top seed. Make your own luck. #UCLdraw #bbcsportsday

Blue Soldier @samitCFC8

Last time Chelsea and Porto were in the same group, Jose Mourinho went on to win the treble

Benjamin Aidoo™ @Facosh

Porto - Kiev - Maccabi. I say http://t.co/wpNx5wX4Mr

SirLAMPS @Super_Spotter

Jose is returning home... #Porto > http://t.co/WsooP1wp6a

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:

Ryan Catanese @rcatanese

BREAKING: Groups C and H have been relegated to the Europa League #ucldraw

Stan Collymore @StanCollymore

Group H Europe’s Premium Club Competition.

Duncan Alexander @oilysailor

Group H is also Group A in the Europa League

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:

Arron Gent @agentphotograph

Anyone else notice the presenters whispering to each other the names of the teams before even being shown? #UCLdraw #conspiracy #fix

Jesse Davis @exit59jdb

Why bother to pretend it's a random draw? #fixed #UCLdraw

🎈 @RocksVII

I'm convinced #UCLdraw is fixed 😔 Chelsea and United always get them easy teams 😒

KING Larry ⚜️ @MrEbillah

Easy for Chelsea. Fixed. #UCLdraw

#BlueHorizon @Kjdookz

Uefalona! Fixed #UCLdraw

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: 

Jimmy Conrad @JimmyConrad

Maybe my favorite photo from the #ChampionsLeague draw today. http://t.co/OyPSbhwRf6

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