I know it was luck of the draw but many on this forum were saying they wanted to play a top team but that would happen eventually but better to progress against a lesser team than go out before the quarter final. After all we wanted to win the group to hope to get an easier tie and got Juventus, last season's finalists.Weird thing to say after we beat 2 tough teams easily in the group this year. Was far greater motivation having them in our group than the shite we had last year.
I'm not sure how having an apparently easy group had any bearing on what clubs the other English teams drew in the round of 16. There was a fairly even spread of the best teams across those that finished 1st and 2nd in their groups, so it's really just luck of the draw.
As to the group stages if we have an easier group then qualifying is more likely and we can do some rotation which helps in the Premiership.