Liverpool will be delighted with their opponents for the Champions League. FC Basel and especially Ludogorets are very beatable opposition that should allow the club leeway for whatever happens in their clash with Real Madrid.
From Iker Casillas in goal to Karim Benzema up front, Real have world class players in every position both on and off the pitch. The embarrassment of riches has forced Diego Lopez, Angel Di Maria and Xabi Alonso - who would all easily make the Liverpool first 11 - away from the Bernabeu.
With La Decima in the bag and signings like James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos settling in, Real Madrid are arguably the best team in the world right now.
However, their defeat against Atletico Madrid in the Super Copa and their laboured victory against Cordoba in La Liga shows they still have weaknesses.
Furthermore, Liverpool are a side that will relish the opportunity to pit their wits against Real Madrid. No club in Europe is able to recreate European nights quite like Liverpool at Anfield, least we not forget the last time these two teams played, Liverpool battered Real 4-0 (5-0 on aggregate).
Despite having a humble budget, Basel had been quietly building a squad with a mixture of talented youth and experienced heads to guide them.
However, in recent seasons the talented youngsters they had were spotted and brought by bigger clubs. Basel still retain talented youngsters like Fabian Schaar who are primed for a move to massive club sooner rather than later, though they perhaps have lost the balance between youth and experience that made them so dangerous.
Given half the chance, well known players like Walter Samuel (36), Serey Die (29), Marco Streller (33) and Matias Delgado (31) will give teams the round around, but expect an enthusiastic Liverpool to make their mark after a long Champions League absence against Basel.
Last season they achieved the domestic treble and made it to the last 16 of the Europa League on their first attempt - a noticeable result being their 4-3 victory over Lazio in the last 32.
Most likely Ludogorets will be the whipping boys of the group but they will show an enthusiasm that might catch Liverpool out on a bad day.