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Champions League season 2013/2014: the group stage.

One thing is for sure, in these three Champions League fixtures, Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid shouldn’t be complacent as that’s exactly what their opponents are hoping for.

I don’t want to be disrespectful regarding Olympiacos, Galatasaray and Schalke 04, but the fact is that, right now, they don’t have the players or the level of football required in order to eliminate such big clubs from the competition.

This detail forces me to think that Borussia Dortmund will go trough, also with a lot of its injured players returning to the first team by the time of the double against Zenit, Dortmund will look again like the side that has impressed in the previous edition of CL.

One upset may occur in the Galatasaray – Chelsea double. With Drogba wanting to impress against his former club, and with Chelsea blowing hot and cold in the CL group stage, this meeting may not be as one-sided as it looks on paper.

Zenit Saint Petersburg – Borussia Dortmund looks a close tie on paper, but I think Dortmund is the favorite here. Zenit is a good side and has some great players like Hulk, Danny, Andrei Arshavin and Axel Witsel, but Borussia Dortmund is the better team. Both Zenit and Borussia have great players, the difference is that the ones in the German side play like a team, while the Russian side usually relies on its stars to win a match.

United has disappointed in the Premier League but has done well in the CL group stages, Real Madrid is third in La Liga, which is disappointing by their standards, but Schalke also isn’t doing too well in the Bundesliga, so I don’t see any surprises here.

Olympiacos – Manchester United, Galatasaray – Chelsea and Schalke 04 – Real Madrid meetings have all in common one thing, the fact that the favorites of this encounters should advance without too much hassle.


Posted by admin on October 9th, 2015 :: Filed under Uncategorized
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