Champions League Group Stage Review

Group A

Manchester United sit atop their Champions League Group as expected. José Mourinho will be satisfied with their three wins from three matches. Perhaps most surprisingly Benfica are bottom having lost 5–0 away to Basel.

Group B

PSG are top of Group B having beaten Bayern Munich 3–0 at home. Bayern sacked Carlo Ancelotti after the loss and have brought back 2013 treble winner Jupp Heynckes. The Bavarians still appear in a good position to advance.

Group C

Chelsea are top of Group C. The West Londoners won with the last kick of the game against Atlético Madrid but lost a 2–0 lead to draw with Roma 3–3 at Stamford Bridge. Roma hung on for a point at the Stadio Olimpico against Atlético Madrid but outplayed Chelsea away according to many.

Atlético Madrid will need favorable results against Chelsea and Roma in their next matches in order reach the knockout stage. Los Colchoneros must be disappointed with their last second loss to Chelsea and their draws with Roma and Qarabağ.

Group D

Barcelona are top of Group D having beaten Juventus 3- 0 at home. In August Barcelona appeared like a divided team but 3 months later they may be favorites to win La Liga.

Juventus needed an 84th minute Mario Mandžukić goal to beat Sporting at home but still look a good bet to advance from the group.

Group E

Liverpool and Spartak Moscow are tied for the lead in Group E, one point ahead of Sevilla. Spartak beat Sevilla 5–1 in Moscow, Massimo Carrera’s Russian Champions are serious contenders in a three team race.

Group F

Manchester City are top of Group F having drawn praise by many for their 1st half performance at home against Napoli. The Neapolitans lost away to Shakhtar Donetsk and may need to win the reverse fixture in order to advance.

Shakhtar Donetsk look like a good side and two wins will see them advance.

Group G

Group G always looked likely to provide a surprise winner and Beşiktaş are in position to do just that. The Turkish Champions have won their 3 matches including an away win in Monaco. Monaco must be disappointed with their solitary point and will need help in order to advance from the Group Stage.

RB Leipzig and FC Porto remain in contention to advance.

Group H

Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid are tied atop Group H. Both teams are in an excellent position to move on after Borussia Dortmund drew away to APOEL. Dortmund will be disappointed with their solitary point so far.

Conclusion

English Premier League clubs are undefeated and top all five groups they are in. Manchester City look like genuine title contenders to many.

After Real Madrid’s wins over Manchester United and Barcelona in August many felt they could three-peat. Momentum may have cooled off a little but Los Merengues still look strong.

Graphs:

“2017–18 UEFA Champions League Group Stage.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 18 Oct. 2017, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017%E2%80%9318_UEFA_Champions_League_group_stage.

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