Champions League Groups

Similar to the World Cup, here are my pre­dic­tions for each group of this year’s Champions League. Some of these were quite dif­fi­cult, but my picks for the teams to advance are bold­ed. After the team list­ings I share my thoughts on the groups. Let’s see how wrong I end up being.

Group A

  • Atletico Madrid
  • Dortmund
  • Monaco
  • Club Brugge

I feel like this group is fair­ly cut and dry. Dortmund could floun­der and in that case Monaco moves up, but we will see.

Group B

  • Barcelona
  • Tottenham
  • PSV
  • Inter Milan

Nakedly eye‐balling the groups, this one was my pick for “group of death” due in no lit­tle part to Barcelona’s pres­ence along with three other inter­na­tion­al­ly notable clubs. I have to give the nod to Barcelona and Tottenham, though I am minor­ly wor­ried about Tottenham hav­ing the nec­es­sary depth for both the EPL and Champions league. We will see.

Group C

  • Paris Saint‐German
  • Napoli
  • Liverpool
  • Red Star Belgrade

Congratulations to the Serbian club for mak­ing the Champions league, enjoy fac­ing two of the best clubs in the world and Napoli.

Group D

  • Lokomotiv
  • Porto
  • Schalke
  • Galatasaray

Interestingly the two clubs I know the best in this group are Schalke in the Bundesliga and Galatasaray in Turkey. Porto is a top tier club from Portugal but I do not fol­low that league, and same for Lokomotiv. During my research I find myself lean­ing towards Schalke and Galatasary mak­ing it out, though Porto will make a good chal­lenge.

Group E

  • Bayern Munich
  • Benfica
  • Ajax
  • AEK Athens

Ajax are my pick for the Cinderella run for this year’s Champions cup. They qual­i­fied for it by defeat­ing Dynamo Kyiv 3 – 1 con­vinc­ing­ly. Bayern is Bayern.

Group F

  • Manchester City
  • Shakhtar
  • Lyon
  • Hoffenheim

Manchester City are the cho­sen club by God him­self this year, I am con­vinced. Lyon will come sec­ond in the group though I could see Hoffenheim man­ag­ing it.

Group G

  • Real Madrid
  • Roma
  • CSKA
  • Plzen

Neither the Czech Plzen nor Russia’s CSKA will be able to get past Real Madrid (even with­out Ronaldo and Zidane) and Roma. I am excit­ed to see Roma vs. Real Madrid’s two legs.

Group H

  • Juventus
  • Manchester United
  • Valencia
  • Young Boys

I don’t have faith in Jose, even if he’s still around for this. Man. United isn’t going to get out of this group. However Juventus and Spain’s Valencia will.

Published by Trick Jarrett

Sounders fan. Spurs fan. Reign fan. Barcelona fan. Soccer fan.

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