By: Matt Lisoski
The Champions League is back! Well, not exactly back yet, but the groups have been drawn. Now, the question is which group is the one where the coach of those teams immediately put his face in his hands.
First, let’s do process of elimination. Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Schalke are laughing. None of these teams should have any trouble getting first in their respective group. City can take a sigh of relief knowing they may not need De Bruyne to get them to the knockout stage of the tournament. Group H, which consists of Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia and BSC Young Boys, is a group that I will talk about in another blog. However, I do not consider it in the conversation for the “Group of Death”. Real Madrid and Roma, in Group G, and Atletico and Dortmund, in Group A, will have no trouble getting through in my opinion.
If you can count, that leaves us with two groups that are in consideration for the “Group of Death”. Those two groups are Group B, which consists of Barcelona, Tottenham, Inter Milan and PSV, and Group C, which consist of PSG, Napoli, Liverpool and FK Crvena Zvezda. Both groups have three quality teams. However, the group that I think has the slight edge is Group C. Each team in Group C had a fantastic year last year. PSG, who won the French League, Napoli, who came in second in Italy and only four points beyond Juventus, and Liverpool, who lost in the Champions League Final to Madrid last year. I find Group C, on paper, to be the strongest in the Champions League this year and those three teams are going to have to fight to win a spot in the knockout stage.
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