Atlético drawn with Benfica, Galatasaray and Astana

Group stage draw for Atleti sees return to the Estádio da Luz

Atlético were drawn with Benfica in Group C

Atlético were drawn with Benfica in Group C

Atlético Madrid have been drawn against Benfica, Galatasaray and Astana in the group stages of this season’s UEFA Champions League.

The draw will mean a return to the Estádio da Luz for Atlético, the venue of the 2014 Champions League final against Real Madrid.

The match-up with Benfica also means that Raúl Jiménez could line up at the Vicente Calderón a lot sooner than he expected, after Atlético sold him to Portugal this summer.

A tough trip to Turkey also awaits Cholo’s men, although the two times Atleti have travelled to Galatasaray both ended up in victories for los Rojiblancos.

The last was in 2010, when a last minute winner from Diego Forlan was enough to see Atleti through into the next round of the Europa League.

You might remember Atlético lifting the trophy that season, beating Fulham in the final in Hamburg.

FC Astana round off the group, and become the first team from Kazakhstan to ever play in the group stages of the Champions League.

Confirmed fixtures are as follows:

Tuesday 15th September: Galatasaray vs. Atlético
Wednesday 30th September: Atlético vs. Benfica
Wednesday 21st October: Atlético vs. Astana
Tuesday 3rd November: Astana vs. Atlético
Wednesday 25th November: Atlético vs. Galatasaray
Tuesday 8th December: Benfica vs. Atlético

So who’s up for a trip to Kazakshtan?


  • BlasiusMagnus

    easy peasy lemon squeezy

  • Chewie

    Now that IS piece of cake. Thank you, lady luck.

  • madwriter

    Second year in a row, NOICE!

  • Ringo

    when not considering form and such, this group seems very doable.

    We should not get on a high horse just yet, but I feel confident about this. Hope we will turn up in good shape!

  • starvs

    Traveling to Turkey is always tough, and I’m sure Kazakhstan may present some challenges, but from a quality of the teams perspective, this isn’t perfect, but it’s about as reasonably possible.

    Still gotta win the games though.

  • Kris

    Gotta stay humble guys. Take it game by game.

  • atleti10

    For the first season in a while I’m confident enough to say no problem.. lets destroy this group.

  • atleti10

    Haha I guess I just posted the opposite.

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    The first game is a key, a visit to Turkey where stadiums are hell, just like Greece where we lost our first game last season, so we should have a better start this time .

  • AaX

    Good draw and Please don’t get over-confident for Divine Will disfavour overt self estimation, And We DON’T want that. For The Divine Blessing, AUPA ATLETI !!

  • AaX

    Agreed

  • Ahmad Hossainy

    The prize money has been increased by almost 25 % starting from this season, including the bonus for each win in games of group stage, 1.5 million instead of 1 million (while a draw still worth 0.5 million)

    So, we really should try to win all 6 games, even if we secured the qualification before the last game or two, that will bring us 9 million, which could cover the salary of Koke & Grizi, or a big part of it .
    And that is just a bonus, while we already secured 12 million for participating in group stage (instead of 8.6 million in the previous seasons), and if we passed to the round of 16 we will get 5.5 million (instead of 3.5) .. and so on .

    The Champions League for a club like Atleti is like The Nile for Egypt, can not survive without it .

  • But at the same time, lets not get over confident.

  • I really want Atleti to start off strong and not take this group lightly. Getting 4 early wins will allow us to breath for the last two. But it is also 1.5 million per win for the group stages, and I am sure that money could be put to good use. So winning them all can only help us with salaries and the winter/summer transfer.

  • Billy

    Serious question, anybody going to Astana away?

  • AaX

    Don’t yet know but lets hope that it’s not gonna be that ‘serious’.

  • Αθανάσιος Νικηταράς

    And again Greeks will follow atleti