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Champions League 16/17

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With the Champions League Group stage kicking off tonight, it's time to look ahead to see what we can expect this season.

 

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Group A:

 

PSG vs Arsenal as the opener for a group which should have 2 distinctive leaders and 2 clubs who are able to upset anyone. Neither PSG nor Arsenal have had perfect starts to their season, with first of them going through some sort of change as Unay Emery was brought to the club for the international glory. Some say that it should make Arsenal's life a big easier, I wouldn't bet on it. Unay Emery is a coach whose teams have been known for the their success on cup competitions. 

 

It's a group where PSG should aim for 16+ points. Arsenal & Basel to battle out for the second qualifier and Ludogorets to aim for as many home points as possible. 

 

Player to look ahead: Hatem Ben Arfa, had amazing season last year in OGC Nice and due injuries was forced to start as striker at PSG, but now Jese and Cavani fit, he has the chance to move back to his natural poisition and hopefully thrive on international stage.

 

Group B:

Dynamo Kiev, SSC Napoli, SLB Benfica, Besiktas

 

Should be a 3 horse race for the qualifer spots, but I am a bit afraid that Dynamo Kiev can fall short of expectations again. Napoli, Benfica, Besiktas should be top dogs. With the last of the few can easily also win the group if they can fulfill their potential. Napoli have had some set backs last seasons, by falling short of their "golden age" expectations, as their spine was Lavezzi, Cavani, Hamsik. With the last of the bunch still there and leading the line with some new talents, it's their group to lose. 

 

Seeing it be a very tight battle, with Benfica just coming on top with their experience and Napoli & Besiktas to battle for the second qualifier.

 

Player to look ahead: Arkadiuz Milik. New profilic Polish striker who moved to Napoli for big money, has the boots to fill what Gonzalo Higuain left behind, the guy was livid and active in the summer at Euros and light up the league in Netherlands last season.

 

Group C:

 

Barcelona, Mönchengladbach, Manchester City, Celtic.

 

Tough group, probably the only Group of Death so far. Don't expect the Pep and Lucho to have a walk in the park. Celtic isn't as powerful as they used to be some years ago, still they can be naughty opponent to face at Celtic park. Mönchengladbach have started their Bundesliga campaign very offensively. Thorgan Hazard have light up the league for the them, as their "veteran" striker Raffael is always hungry for the goals. 

 

Seeing this group to go for quite a distance in terms of entertainment. Mönchengladbach to get points from both, Barcelona and Manchester City. Still the last two should top the group exactly that order, with Dortmund's club to fall short only by 1-2. 

 

Player to look ahead: 

Thorgan Hazard: Make or break season for the top player status for the younger brother of Eden. Can be very dangerous winger of his best days and have showed to be goal threat already this season.

 

Group D:

 

Bayern, Rostov, PSV, Atletico

 

Defensively the toughest group you can get, with Bayern being the only goal oriented club of the 4. The Bavarians should be the ones to top the group, but Atletico have had quite a spell at Champions League last 3 years. My money is on Atletico this time around. The 3rd spot isn't quaranteed for PSV at all, seeing the cinderella story what Rostov have had last season at Russian Premier League, being the Leicester of the Russia. Their tactic's and core are built on tough mentality and defensive work.

 

Atletico to top the group by goal difference, Bayern goes through second and PSV just ahead of Rostov for Europa League spot.

Player to look out:

 

Sardar Azmoun: Rostov's profilic striker, who has Iranian origin. For his height and stature, he seemed really comfortable with the ball and his link up play in the Champions League qualifer was something to look ahead.

 

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Group E:

 

Tottenham, Monaco, Leverkusen, CSKA Moscow.

 

Monaco to top the group with their experience and their defensive minded play which works on group stages. Leverkusen and Tottenham will have a really tough battle for the second qualifer spot, where the English team should go ahead by a nibble. Monaco is topping the French league as they managed to get impressive results vs PSG and Lille. Also, it's the time where they didn't have to sell their star players and got back some good addition. The Russian side have to accept that they might be only able to get a point of two.

 

Player to look ahead:

 

Tiemoué Bakayoko: The anchor of Monaco's midfield strenght, stood up last season already to fill the boots which Kondogbia left behind. So far so good. 

 

Group F:

 

Real Madrid, Sporting, Dortmund, Legia

 

The Champions start their new campaign vs 3 very tough opponents in group stages. Sporting and Dortmund might look like someone who might battle for the 2nd and 3rd position at paper. The obvious conclusion is much more complex, I think in the points game this might as well be a season where Real Madrid might find themselves on 3rd spot ahead of last round. Impossible to tell, seeing how both main contenders are very goal oriented sides as well. The Polish champions might find themselves in a goal fest unless they manage to turn their form around. Still experience might have a thing here, with Real going through second just ahead Sporting Lisbon.

 

Player to look ahead:

Ousmane Dembele: The most impressive talent as of late imo. The way the youngster have risen to ground with Rennes and his move to Dortmund's starting 11 so quickly after transfer. Only look and be in awe.

 

Group G:

 

Porto, Leicester, Brugge, Kobenhavn

 

That should the order after last round's games as well. Although Leicester have had it tough this season against the better sides in Premier League, I don't see them dropping out easily. Ranieri has the bench to do good in Cup games. Porto should top the group by point or two, but Leicester might as well win it if they get their game running. A lot was said that Brugge and Kobenhavn might be tough sides to face, with their experience, still seeing the squad strenght. The two might battle for 3rd place this time around.

 

Player to look ahead:

 

Islam Slimani: Profilic Algerian striker which Leicester spent a fortune on, strong and good with link up plays as his seasons with Sporting Lisbon have shown to us. Might be the missing key, which Leicester needs to add an extra dimension to their game. 

 

Group H:

 

Juventus, Sevilla, Lyon, Dinamo Zagreb. 

 

Juventus should be the dominant force of the group, seeing how Sevilla haven't got their defensive play in order yet and Lyon having tough time with injuries to their main goal threat's Lacazette and Fekir. Although I am not convinced yet that Sevilla go through second, it's a tough affair with the French side to see who drops less points. Dimano Zagreb should be able to cause an upset of two, but shouldn't be involved in the top dogs fight.

 

Player to look ahead:

 

Ganso, Brazilian talent who light up the league with Neymar at Santos. Finally moved to Europa, after having some injuries last seasons. His ability to dictate the midfield should be key to penetrate the toughest of defences for Sevilla. 

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tldr 

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5 minutes ago, Infession said:

Did you write this yourself?

 

He did.

 

Interesting topic pal.

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12 minutes ago, Infession said:

Did you write this yourself?

 

6 minutes ago, Bosha said:

 

He did.

 

Interesting topic pal.

 

dam dude respect

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hype

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pretty shitty groups

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tl;dr 

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1 minute ago, Xpoza said:

tl;dr 

+ soccerball suck ass dude lmao sry =p

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55 minutes ago, Giggle said:

+ soccerball suck ass dude lmao sry =p

:Murica:

 

 

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1 hour ago, Giggle said:

+ soccerball suck ass dude lmao sry =p

Its football bro

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Arsenal PSG looks tasty as fuck :megusta:

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SAME

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Real Madrid winning it all lol 

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well see what happens

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