Balanced draw for Olympiakos

Olympiakos was drawn in a potentially tricky group for this season’s Champions League as it will face Arsenal, Marseille and Borussia Dortmund.

The Greek champion was lucky to avoid one of the top names in European soccer such as Barcelona, Manchester United or Real Madrid, but the fact that all of its opponents have virtually the same chances of advancing makes the group highly unpredictable.

Olympiakos could therefore find itself in any of the four spots in its group at the end of the six-round pool, given that there are no particularly strong or weak teams in the group.

While the Reds were lucky to get Arsenal and Marseille from the first couple of pots in the draw, they were quite unfortunate to draw German champion Dortmund.

Olympiakos star winger Albert Riera stated immediately after the draw: «Dortmund was the worst possible draw from the fourth pot. We were lucky from the first couple of pots, but a draw is a draw and everything will be decided on the pitch.”

The opening game for Olympiakos will be at home against Marseille on September 13, while 15 days later it will visit Arsenal.