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.
- Atletico Madrid
- 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.
- 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.
- Paris Saint‐German
- 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.
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.
- Bayern Munich
- 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.
- Manchester City
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.
- Real Madrid
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.
- Manchester United
- 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.