Two seasons ago Fulham had to wait until the knockout stages before facing any Champions League rejects, slaying the likes of Juventus and Wolfsburg before ultimately faltering to Atlético Madrid in the final.
This season, our group is chock-full of them.
Boy, lots of red, white, and blue in these badges.
All our opponents were knocked out of the Champions League Qualifiers just this past week. Of the three, only Wisła actually won their domestic title last season. Currently, Wisła Kraków are currently mid-table in the Polish Ekstraklasa. Odense are third in the Danish Superliga. Twente are atop the Eredivisie, undefeated in three matches and conceding just one goal.
It may just be me, but there is sense of variety, a sense of adventure to this group that was not there last time around. Two seasons ago, we knew what we were up against with storied Roma. CSKA Sofia posed more of a hassle than a formidable opponent. Basel intrigued but were so neutral, so boring, so…Swiss.
Now, does anyone have any idea what to expect? Any one of the other teams could win the group, or even us, and I would not be surprised one iota.
Fixtures are as follows; we definitely have our work cut out for us to start, no?
Thu 15 Sep: FC Twente H
Thu 29 Sep: Odense BK A
Thu 20 Oct: Wisła Kraków A
Thu 3 Nov: Wisła Kraków H
Thu 1 Dec: FC Twente A
Wed 14 Dec: Odense BK H