United feared in Europe - Berbatov

27 August 2009 09:49
Dimitar Berbatov insists the rest of Europe will be fearing Manchester United when the draw for the group stage of the Champions League takes place in Monaco today.

United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal are all guaranteed positions among the eight top seeds - meaning they will avoid current European champions Barcelona but could face Cristiano Ronaldo and his fellow galacticos at Real Madrid, who are one of the eight second-ranked clubs.

Berbatov told his club's official website: "When you say the name Manchester United it inspires respect in a lot of people. Nobody will fancy playing us."

There is also another intriguing possibility of Carlo Ancelotti's Chelsea coming face to face with Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan in a group - Inter will also be among the second seeds.

The draw will see 32 teams split into eight groups - each containing a top seed, a second seed, a third seed and a fourth seed.

Seedings for the draw: Top seeds: Barcelona (Spa) UEFA co-efficient 121.9, Chelsea (Eng) 118.9, Liverpool (Eng) 118.9, Man Utd (Eng) 111.9, AC Milan (Ita) 110.6, Arsenal (Eng) 106.9, Sevilla (Spa) 100.9, Bayern Munich (Ger) 98.3.

Second seeds: Lyon (Fra) 91.0, Inter Milan (Ita) 87.6, Real Madrid (Spa) 78.9, CSKA Moscow (Rus) 71.5, Porto (Por) 68.3, AZ Alkmaar (Hol) 64.8, Juventus (Ita) 63.5, Rangers (Sco) 56.6.

Third seeds: Olympiakos (Gre) 52.6, Marseille (Fra) 48.0, Dinamo Kiev (Ukr) 46.4, Stuttgart (Ger) 45.3, Fiorentina (Ita) 42.6, Atletico Madrid (Spa) 41.9, Bordeaux (Fra) 40.0, Besiktas (Tur) 32.4.

Fourth seeds: Wolfsburg (Ger) 21.3, Standard Liege (Bel) 21.1, Maccabi Haifa (Isr) 17.1, FC Zurich (Swi) 14.1, Rubin Kazan (Rus) 9.5, Unirea Urziceni (Rom) 8.8, APOEL Nicosia (Cyp) 4.0, Debreceni (Hun) 1.633.

Source: Eurosport