Champions League Draw: Group A - Your Guide To Inter, Werder Bremen, Tottenham Hotspur & Twente

Join for a quick briefing on Group A of the upcoming UEFA Champions League.

Here we'll bring you the lowdown on the teams involved.


Group A
Werder Bremen
Tottenham Hotspur
FC Twente


Last season at home: Winners, Serie A; Winners, Coppa Italia
Last season in Europe: Champions League winners
Coach: Rafael Benitez, since June 2010
Playing Style: Solid defending with lightning quick counter-attacks
Strengths: Veteran laden squad with proven winners. Physical, robust defenders and quality attackers.
Weaknesses: Undisciplined at times and can self-destruct.
Key men: Lucio, Walter Samuel, Maicon, Samuel Eto’o, Wesley Sneijder, Diego Milito
Realistic Objections: Champions League semi-finals and beyond
Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Julio Cesar; Maicon, Lucio, Samuel, Chivu; Cambiasso, Zanetti; Pandev, Sneijder, Eto’o; Milito.


Last season at home:
Third, German Bundesliga; Runners-up, DFB Pokal.
Last season in Europe: Europa League round of 16
Coach: Thomas Schaaf since May 1999
Playing style: Attack, attack, attack, with a high offside trap.
Strength: Scoring goals by the bagful
Weakness: Conceding goals by the bagful
Key men: Marko Marin, Aaron Hunt, Claudio Pizarro
Realistic Objective: Last 16
Starting XI (4-2-2-2): Wiese; Fritz, Mertesacker, Naldo, Pasanen; Bargfrede, Frings; Marin, Hunt; Pizarro, Almeida (Borowski).


Last season at home: Fourth in Premier League, FA Cup semi-finalists, League Cup fifth round
Last season in Europe: N/A
Coach: Harry Redknapp since October 2008
Playing style: High-tempo use of both flanks, occasional long balls.
Strength: Pace on the flanks offered by Bale and Lennon. A well-settled group of players.
Weakness: Can be suspect mentally, highlighted in away leg against Young Boys.
Key men: Luka Modric, Gareth Bale, Ledley King
Realistic Objective: Last 16
Starting XI (4-4-2): Gomes; Corluka, Dawson, King, Bale; Lennon, Palacios, Huddlestone, Modric; Defoe, Crouch.


Last season at home: Winners, Dutch Eredivisie; semi-finals, KNVB Cup
Last season in Europe: Europa League round of 32
Coach: Michel Preud'Homme since summer 2010
Playing style: Tight, patient, persistent
Strength: A well-organised defence, experience to supplement youthful talent
Weakness: Loss of key players, lack of Champions League experience
Key men: Bryan Ruiz, Douglas, Denny Landzaat
Realistic Objective: Europa League spot
Starting XI (4-3-3): Mihaylov; Wisgerhof, Tiendalli, Douglas, Janssen; Landzaat, Brama, Bajrami; Chadli, Janko, Ruiz.


European champions Inter will have no easing-in process as they look to defend their trophy after being drawn in arguably the second toughest of the Champions League groups alongside Werder Bremen, Tottenham and Twente. Only Group G featuring Inter’s city cousins Milan, Real Madrid, Ajax and Auxerre will be harder to escape from.

Nevertheless, the Nerazzurri remain firm favourites to progress to the knockouts and the battle in Group A will likely be for second place between the three other qualifiers. Having roared to glory in 2010 at the Santiago Bernabeu, Inter clean-sweeped all the individual awards at the draw today with Julio Cesar being named Best Goalkeeper, Maicon Best Defender, Wesley Sneijder Best Midfielder and Diego Milito Best Forward. The Italians will have their eyes firmly on Wembley next May.

Werder Bremen have enough firepower offensively through the likes of Claudio Pizzaro, Marko Marin and Aaron Hunt to score a lot of goals, but weaknesses in defence means they will always concede goals. Die Grün-Weißen were seconds away from elimination in the playoff against Sampdoria, until an injury time goal from Markus Rosenberg forced extra time where they won through. Werder have a superb record against Italian sides in recent seasons, having also beaten the likes of Juventus, Milan, Udinese and Inter in single matches or ties.

Tottenham enter the top level of European competition for only the second time, and the first in almost 50 years when they lost in the semi-final to eventual winners Benfica in 1961-62. Spurs only qualified for the groups after recovering from 3-0 down within half an hour of their playoff to defeat Young Boys 6-3 on aggregate. Harry Redknapp possesses a solid squad, certainly strong enough to challenge for qualification, but a lack of real top-class quality and experience at this level may count against them.

Dutch champions Twente are the outsiders in the pool, and would probably settle for third place and a passage into the Europa League. The Reds have lost a number of key players from last season such as Miroslav Stoch, Blaise N'Kufo, Kenneth Perez and Ronnie Stam, holes they may struggle to fill. But their two most important stars, Bryan Ruiz and Douglas, remained and with the arrival of Marc Janko they will be hopeful of rumbling the pack.