Last year we did a post exactly like this when the draw for the UEFA Champions League group stage was made and we stretched it out just to make it look better than it was. There’s no sugarcoating it this year, it’s dire straights for Americans in the UCL this season. But, this just gives us another chance to talk about Christian Pulisic, who is sure to play a huge role for Dortmund in the competition just like he did last campaign.
Group of Death?
This won’t be the first time Pulisic has played against Los Blancos as the featured in both matches between the two teams in last year’s group stage. He even set up a dramatic match-tying goal in that series.
Hey, you never know...
Aside from Pulisic, it’s slim pickings for Americans in this year’s competition. Three others have the slightest of chances of featuring in some capacity in the group stage. Those three are Cameron Carter-Vickers (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Scott (Chelsea), and Matthew Olosunde (Manchester United). I’m not going to lie to you, it would take a minor miracle for any of these three to see a single minute this season in the Champions League. However, with squad depth a concern for every team, you just never know.
Spurs have been drawn in that same Group H as Dortmund. Out of these three, CCV would be the most likely to get minutes if some injuries occur.
Kyle Scott has made the bench twice for Chelsea this season and the Blues’ depth isn’t very good as of writing this. They’ve matched up against Atletico Madrid, Roma, and Qarabag.
Rounding out the long shot hopefuls is Matthew Olosunde, who made Manchester United’s bench at the end of last season. Unfortunately, he has the likes of Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian in front of him. Nevertheless, United will go up against Benfica, Basel, and CSKA Moscow.
Here’s the full draw. What do you think of The Fightin’ Pulisic’s chances?