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UEFA Champions League 2018-19: Group-wise analysis and predicted standings

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Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid - UEFA Super Cup
The UEFA Champions League trophy - The Holy Grail of European club football

It is that time of the year again, when the humble chit system gets its biggest audience at the draw for the group stages. This year’s Champions League draw, as expected threw up some interesting clashes, a possibility of upsets and a whopping 3 groups of death.

With the first round of fixtures on September 18th and 19th we go through each group, listing the expected group winners and trying to figure out how the positions will pan out at the end of the first 6 matchdays of the latest edition of the most prestigious club competition in Europe.

Group A: Atletico to be tested

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid - UEFA Super Cup
Atletico Madrid will look to carry on their form after the win in the UEFA Super Cup

Atletico Madrid - Dortmund - Club Brugge - Monaco

The first of the groups of death, a scenario where literally anyone (except Club Brugge with all due respect) can beat anyone.

Despite the sheen going off of the Dortmund and Monaco sides in respect to their previous iterations in the tournament, do not expect there to be any respite for the Madrid team fresh off wins in the Europa League and Super Cup. There is no want of stars in this group with Greizmann, Lemar, Reus, Falcao all raring to go.

Predicted standings:

  1. Atletico Madrid
  2. Monaco
  3. Borrusia Dortmund
  4. Club Brugge.

Group B: Barcelona might be concerned

FC Barcelona v Boca Juniors - Joan Gamper Trophy
The main man for Barcelona would have to be at his best

Barcelona - Inter Milan - PSV Eindhoven - Tottenham Hotspurs

Another match-up of heavyweights in this group. Barcelona, a contender for the top spot, Tottenham, a team trying to find their footing in this tournament and Inter Milan, a returning champion. Add to that mix the current champions of Netherlands and you have a group with a plot thicker than blood.

Even though Barcelona and Tottenham might be expecting to go through, the Nerrazuri might have something to say about that. What’s more to look forward to is the beautiful stadiums that’ll be on show, Camp Nou, San Siro making a return and Tottenham’s much talked about new arena along with PSV’s Philips Stadion .

Predicted Standings:

  1. Barcelona
  2. Tottenham
  3. Inter Milan
  4. PSV Eindhoven.
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