not suggesting that benfica haven't looked the strongest in the group but i wouldn't bet against us getting a result over there.
If they get to play teams like Barca and Ajax as well as Benfica plus another guaranteed game against sporting this will be amazing for their development and tactical awareness.
Doubt any Sporting fans reading this will be too impressed with this apparent confusion of the two.
Next year's contest may well expand to up to 32 teams though, if it's deemed enough a success that the other European giants are eager to jump on board. Good job we got our names in the hat for the inaugural tounament, as with us, Villa, Spurs and Cit
eh already involved, you can see at least 7 prominent English clubs vying to be included - don't know how they'd manage that. Would be a bit arlarse (to say the least) to boot the likes of Molde out to make room, so it likely will have to have a bigger group stage.
Some pretty massive world-famous clubs off the top of my head not involved this time:
There's another 16 for you, right off the bat. All relatively close to each other too, so no long haul flights to Dynamo Kiev or the like. Whether everyone'd be cool with having so many from Spain and England is another matter.