UEFA Champions League match highlights – The UEFA Champions League draw for the 2018-19 season threw up some exciting and tasty fixtures our way. The group stage draw for the champions league which was held on Thursday gave us some of the best groups in recent history. We bring you all eight groups from A-H with our predictions.
Coming back to UEFA Champions League match highlights, Group A saw Spanish giants Atletico Madrid being paired along with German club Borussia Dortmund and Ligue Un club Monaco. With Atletico Madrid the most defensively strong side in football’s biggest international club competition their progress from the group is all but guaranteed. With Dortmund and Monaco in the same group, goals will be guaranteed when two of the youngest, fastest and most attacking sides take on each other to decide the second place.
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For the premier league sides, the draw wasn’t as favourable as they would wanted. Tottenham were paired alongside Barcelona and Inter Milan in a tricky Group B that could swing either way. However it would be silly to underestimate Tottenham after their exploits of last year. A stable side filled with world-class players boasts of big game management and we expect much of the same of that from them this year. Tottenham and Barcelona are our predicted clubs to go through from this group.
The Group of Death this year sees PSG, Liverpool and Napoli being paired up together. By far the toughest and most competitive group, Group C has somehow managed to bring together three sides who believe in all out attacking football. With stars like Neymar, Mbappé, Cavani, Salah, Firmino, Mertens and Hamsik under the same roof expect gaols galore when these sides take on each other. Dream football, fluid attacks and swift counter-attacks promise to leave us mesmerised and salivating come September 18 for Group C.
For last year’s Champions League finalists, the task of advancing in a group featuring PSG and Napoli isn’t going to be easy. And Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is fully aware of this.
“I expected a difficult group, we have a difficult group and that’s what the Champions League is all about,” said Klopp. “PSG are one of the most exciting teams in the world and I think their target is to win the Champions League, so that will be two interesting matches. Napoli, we beat them in pre-season but it goes without saying these two games will be completely a different challenge.
Group H has coupled Italian giants Juventus, struggling Premier League side Manchester United and Valencia together in another terrific group. Juventus and Valencia are the two team we see going through to the round of 16 from this incredibly tough group.
Following are the groups from A-H for the 2018-19 Champions League group stage.
- Group A: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Club Brugge.
- Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham, PSV Eindhoven, Inter Milan.
- Group C: Paris St-Germain, Napoli, Liverpool, Red Star Belgrade.
- Group D: Lokomotiv Moscow, Porto, Schalke, Galatasaray.
- Group E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athens.
- Group F: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Hoffenheim.
- Group G: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen.
- Group H: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys.
Group stage match days
UEFA are yet to announce the fixtures, but these are the match days. Each match day will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday with all the groups in action over these two days.
- Match day one: 18-19 September
- Match day two: 2-3 October
- Match day three: 23-24 October
- Match day four: 6-7 November
- Match day five: 27-28 November
- Match day six: 11-12 December
Stay tuned to our UEFA Champions League match highlights where we will be brining you all the dates, timings and fixtures as soon as they are released by UEFA.