Yes, this prerequistie distribution of teams has a number of interesting consequences:
1. the strongest pool can be drawn, if Kazan from cup 2 and one of Fenerbahce or Scandicci from cup 4 are in the same pool, because a strong poolhead from cup 1 is always guaranteed. This would be the clear pool of death...
2. more likely (60%) we will have three of the five pools with two of the strongest teams, Kazan from cup 2 and Fenerbahce and Scandicci from cup 4 in the other two
3. it is nice for the two qualification winners (intended?), that they face at most two of the strongest teams, if they get from cup 4 together with Kazan from cup 2 - that is, because they can't be together with Fenerbahce nor Scandicci
Altogether, despite it is better as the previous season, I can't follow the CEV logic completely with this presetting. The pools will be definitely more balanced this time compared to the last time.
isn't kazan's squad trash this year?