UEFA Champions League 2012/13 Quaterfinals - Results, Analysis and Predictions

UEFA Champions League 2012/13
UEFA Champions League 2012/13

What is the Champions League

The UEFA Champions League Group Draw has been completed for the 2012-2013 season of Champions League group play.

---UPDATED! With Current Standings for the Quarterfinals!---

The Champions League brings together the top soccer teams from all around Europe’s leagues, including the English Premier League, Italian Serie A, Spanish La Liga and the German Bundasliga, just to highlight a few.

Putting all the top teams from the best leagues in the world into one league leads to some incredible matches, and fantastic competition to see who will be crowned European champions.

Many smaller or lesser known leagues also get a chance to send their top team to the Champions League. There are teams from leagues in Greece, Belarus, Portugal, Netherlands, France, Romania, Ukraine and several others.

As you can imagine, the UEFA Champions League is exciting, competitive, intriguing and entertaining. It runs from September 2012 through May 2013.

Champions League Quarterfinal Matches

The Round of 16 now completed, it is into the Champions League Quarterfinals for the eight winners.

While the winning sides are impressive, there were several big teams that were knocked out in the round of 16.

Manchester United was knocked out by Real Madrid. Arsenal was beaten by Bayern. And AC Milan could not withstand Barcelona, and took an exit form the competition.

Now we have the final 8 who will be competing for the semifinal, and then the Champions League Final.

1st Leg Quarterfinal Matches:

Tuesday, April 2nd 2013

PSG 2-2 Barcelona

Bayern Munich 2-0 Juventus


Wednesday, April 3rd 2013

Malaga 0-0 Dortmund

Real Madrid 3-0 Galatasaray


2nd Leg Quarterfinal Matches:

Tuesday, April 9th 2013

Malaga 2-3 Dortmund (Dortmund Adances 3-2 Agg.)

Real Madrid 2-3 Galatasaray (Madrid Advances 5-3 Agg.)


Wednesday, April 10th 2013

PSG 1-1 Barcelona (Barcelona advances on away goals, 3-3)

Bayern Munich 2-0 Juventus (Bayern Advances 4-0 Agg.)


Big games ahead as the Champions League Final is set for possibly be an all German final, or an all Spanish final or an interesting mix of other teams.

Predictions for the quarterfinals is challenging, but I would take Dortmund, Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern (although Juventus might have what it takes to knock out Bayern).

The first leg quarterfinal matches will take place on April 2nd/3rd with the second leg occurring the following week on April 9th/10th.

Check back as the results and scores become available.

Continue reading for the full groups schedule and results, as well as the round of 16 schedule and results below.

Quarterfinal Matchups

UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals
UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals

Round of 16 Full Schedule and Results

The schedule for the Champions League round of 16 includes games at every teams home stadium. A total of 16 games will be played over 4 match days in February and March. All match days are either Tuesday or Wednesday, as the CL usually does it. Below is the full schedule of games with results as they occur.

February 12th 2013 - 1st Leg

Celtic FC 0-3 Juventus

Valencia CF 1-2 Paris Saint-Germain

February 13th 2013 - 1st Leg

FC Shakhtar Donetsk 2-2 Borussia Dortmund -

Real Madrid CF 1-1 Manchester United FC

February 19th 2013 - 1st Leg

Arsenal FC 1-3 FC Bayern München -

FC Porto 1-0 Málaga CF

February 20th 2013 - 1st Leg

Galatasaray A.Ş. 1-1 FC Schalke 04 -

AC Milan 2-0 FC Barcelona

March 5th 2013 - 2nd Leg

Borussia Dortmund 3-0 FC Shakhtar Donetsk - (Dortmund Advances)

Manchester United FC 1-2 Real Madrid CF - (Madrid Advances)

March 6th 2013 - 2nd Leg

Juventus 2-0 Celtic FC - (Juventus Advances)

Paris Saint-Germain 1-1 Valencia CF - (PSG Advances)

March 12th 2013 - 2nd Leg

FC Schalke 04 2-3 Galatasaray A.Ş. - (Galatasaray Advances)

FC Barcelona 4-0 AC Milan - (Barcelona Advances)

March 13th 2013 - 2nd Leg

FC Bayern München 0-2 Arsenal FC - (Bayern Advances)

Málaga CF 2-0 FC Porto (Malaga Advances)

After each team plays their opponent both at home and away, the total score of the two games will be used to determine the winner.

There are already several exciting games to look forward to here. Arsenal and Bayern, United and Madrid, AC Milan and Barcelona. These games are sure to bring some incredible action.

Champions League Round of 16 Announced

The Round of 16 playoff schedule has been announced in which teams will play two games, one home and one away, against a single opponent where the winner will be determined by aggregate goals.

There are several fascinating match ups that will certainly bring great entertainment and plenty of drama.

Round of 16 Draw:

  1. Galatasaray A.Ş. (TUR) vs. FC Schalke 04 (GER)
  2. Celtic FC (SCO) vs. Juventus (ITA)
  3. Arsenal FC (ENG) vs. FC Bayern München (GER)
  4. FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) vs. Borussia Dortmund (GER)
  5. AC Milan (ITA) vs. FC Barcelona (ESP)
  6. Real Madrid CF (ESP) vs. Manchester United FC (ENG)
  7. Valencia CF (ESP) vs. Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
  8. FC Porto (POR) vs. Málaga CF (ESP)

Round of 16 games will be played in February and March of 2013. Below is the match schedule.


Last Year's Champion:

The Champions in 2011/12 - Chelsea
The Champions in 2011/12 - Chelsea | Source

Champions League - The Groups

In the Champions league, 32 teams are selected to join the league. These 32 teams are divided into eight groups with four teams in each group. Each team will play the other teams in their group, and the top two teams will advance out of the group stage, and into the knockout rounds.

Games continue as the number of teams left in the league is reduced from 32 to 16, then to 8, and again to 4. Next are the semifinals, and after that, there are only two teams left, but only one can be crowned champions of Europe.

As usual, there were some winners and losers in the group draw, most notably the teams in Group D, already known as the group of death because of the four strong teams in the same group.

Let’s continue and look at what teams have been put into which groups for the Champions League Group Stage.

Top two teams in each group advance to the round of 16, they are marked in bold in each table below.

Group A:

FC Porto (Portugal)

FC Dynamo Kyiv (Ukraine)

Paris Saint-Germain FC (France)

GNK Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)

Analysis: PSG will hope to power through this group with their expensive new signings of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and many others. FC Porto has a long history of winning trophies, with 72 titles in competitions. They even won the Champions League in 03-04’. One cannot forget to mention Dynamo Kyiv who will certainly be a challenge that the other teams cannot ignore.

Prediction: PSG and FC Porto Advance

Group A Current Standings

Team
Win - Draw - Loss
Points
Paris Saint-Germain FC
5-0-1
15
FC Porto
4-1-1
13
FC Dynamo Kyiv
1-2-3
5
GNK Dinamo Zagreb
0-1-5
1

Group B:

Arsenal FC (England)

FC Schalke 04 (Germany)

Olympiacos FC (Greece)

Montpellier Hérault (France)

Analysis: Arsenal should be moderately happy with this group and will hope to win it, but Schalke has a strong history of getting out of the group stage in the champions league, and will fight for the top seed. Arsenal will be wary of Olympiacos, as they lost to them in past Champions League play. The main question will be whether Arsenals transfers have hurt them or helped them, as they lost Robin Van Persie, but gained Lukas Podolski.

Prediction: Arsenal and Schalke 04 advance

Group B Current Standings

Team
Win - Draw - Loss
Points
FC Schalke 04
3-3-0
12
Arsenal FC
3-1-2
10
Olympiacos FC
3-0-3
9
Montpellier Hérault SC
0-2-4
2

Group C:

AC Milan (Italy)

FC Zenit St Petersburg (Russia)

RSC Anderlecht (Belgium)

Málaga CF (Spain)

Analysis: Expect a standard performance from AC Milan who must be happy with this group and hope to advance without too much trouble. St. Petersburg will also hope to advance if they can maintain good form in each game, but they should all be wary of Anderlecht, who are defending Belgium champions and have potential to upset the applecart. Malaga also has potential after a good performance in La Liga last year.

Prediction: Ac Milan and either Zenit St Petersburg or Malaga

Update: Malaga is performing surprisingly well and will likely win Group C.

Group C Current Standings

Team
Win - Draw - Loss
Points
Málaga CF
3-3-0
12
AC Milan
2-2-2
8
FC Zenit St Petersburg
2-1-3
7
RSC Anderlecht
1-2-3
5

Group D:

Real Madrid CF (Spain)

Manchester City FC (England)

AFC Ajax (Netherlands)

Borussia Dortmund (Germany)

Analysis: Already known as the “Group of Death’, Group D will be a challenge for all the teams involved. Last year, every one of the four teams in Group D won their leagues title, meaning that two teams will not advance and be incredibly disappointed. Last year, Manchester City struggled in the Champions League, but was able to win the EPL title. Dortmund has won the Bundasliga two times running. Real Madrid snatched La Liga’s Title away from Barcelona and Ajax won the Dutch league.

Real Madrid and Manchester City are the likely teams to advance, but Dortmond and Ajax will certainly put up a fight in a group they were unlucky to be placed in.

This is a group to watch, as two top dogs will be going home early.

Prediction: Extremely hard to predict which two will advance from this group. Dortmund, Madrid and City would surprise few people if one of them reached the Champions League Final, so which one won't even get past the group stage? I will go with Real Madrid and Dortmund advancing from Group D.

Update: City struggle in CL, leave door wide open for early exit from the competition.

Group D Current Standings

Team
Win - Draw - Loss
Points
Borussia Dortmund
4-2-0
14
Real Madrid CF
3-2-1
11
AFC Ajax
1-1-4
4
Manchester City FC
0-3-3
3

Group E:

Chelsea FC (England)

FC Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine)

Juventus (Italy)

FC Nordsjælland (Denmark)

Analysis: Chelsea are last year’s winners but will have a challenge on their hands against Juventus and Shaktar, both very good teams in the Champions League.

If this group plays out in any predictable manor (which they don’t usually) then Chelsea and Juventus should be able to advance. But one slip, and Shaktar could take either’s place.

Prediction: Chelsea and Juventus should advance, but Shakhtar will put up a fight.

Group E Current Standings

Team
Win - Draw - Loss
Points
Juventus
3-3-0
12
FC Shakhtar Donetsk
3-1-2
10
Chelsea FC
3-1-2
10
FC Nordsjælland
0-1-5
1

Group F:

FC Bayern Munich (Germany)

Valencia CF (Spain)

LOSC Lille (France)

FC BATE Borisov (Belarus)

Analysis: Bayern Munich and Valencia will hope to advance from Group F, but will have to play each game carefully to avoid advancing in second.

Bayern Munich’s squad lost in the Champions League final last year to Chelsea on German soil so they will hopefully have a renewed desire to win.

Valencia often gets overshadowed by Real Madrid and Barcelona in La Liga, but easily have the potential and ability to move out of the group stage.

Prediction: Bayern and Valencia will advance from Group F.

Group F Current Standings

Team
Win - Draw - Loss
Points
FC Bayern München
4-1-1
13
Valencia CF
4-1-1
13
FC BATE Borisov
2-0-4
6
LOSC Lille
1-0-5
3

Group G:

FC Barcelona (Spain)

SL Benfica (Portugal

FC Spartak Moskva (Russia)

Celtic FC (Scotland)

Analysis: Barcelona are the obvious powerhouse in this group, but two teams advance from each group, so the second spot is open, perhaps Benfica or Celtic can grab it.

Last year, Barcelona came up just short in both the Champions league, and La Liga. They are certainly on a mission this year to get some sort of hardware.

Prediction: Barcelona are favorites to advance in first, but Celtic and Benfica will have to battle it out for 2nd place. it will be close, but Celtic look to be slightly stronger and will advance.

Group G Current Standings

Team
Win - Draw - Loss
Points
FC Barcelona
4-1-1
13
Celtic FC
3-1-2
10
SL Benfica
2-2-2
8
FC Spartak Moskva
1-0-5
3

Group H:

Manchester United FC (England)

SC Braga (Portugal)

Galatasaray AŞ (Turkey)

CFR 1907 Cluj (Romania)

Analysis: Manchester United are the favorites to win Group H in the Champions League, and should be happy with this group, especially looking at their rivals Manchester City and the difficult group they are in. But nothing is secure, and they must win their matches to advance.

The second spot seems up for grabs, with Braga and Galatasaray possibly earning advancement from group stage.

Prediction: Manchester United will advance, with Braga or Galatasaray taking second in the group. Too close to call one or the other,

Group H Current Standings

Team
Win - Draw - Loss
Points
Manchester United FC
4-0-2
12
Galatasaray AŞ
3-1-2
10
CFR 1907 Cluj
3-1-2
10
SC Braga
1-0-5
3
The Trophy
The Trophy

Thoughts on the Champions League Groups

In the Champions League, the unexpected can often happen. A small, relatively unknown team can sometimes knock off a bigger club. Each team in the Champions League has experience winning, usually their own countries league title.

All it takes is one slip up and hopes of Champions League glory can disappear from view.

At the same time, after all is said and done, come next May, only one team will be crowned Champions of Europe. Who will it be?

Post your thoughts and predictions for the winners and losers in the Champions league Group Stage, and who might win the Champions League..

Next Stage of UEFA CL: Knockout Round of 16

The Champions League will move out of the group stage, and into the knockout round where teams will play an opponent both at home, and away. The Aggregate score between these two games will determine the winner, and thus who advances to the next round.

Teams qualifying first in the group stage will play a team from another group that qualified in second. This format will continue as the teams are whittled down from 16 to 8, then to 4, and finally to 2.

The final, which will be held on May 22, 2013, is a single match, with the winner claiming the title, Champions of Europe.

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juninho93 4 years ago from Faro

Group D has 4 good teams :o

I really don't know how this will end, but there will be great games, for sure :D


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internpete 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida Author

juninho93 - Yes, I am looking forward to some exciting games from group D! All the teams in there, especially Dortmund and Ajax must be unhappy with this! Thanks for your comment!


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juninho93 4 years ago from Faro

@internpete

Ahahahaha! Yes, you're right. Dortumund and Ajax will have many difficulties to move on to the next phase :s


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internpete 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida Author

Yes, I feel bad for them because in almost any other group, they would have a good chance advancing!


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juninho93 4 years ago from Faro

@internpete

Yeah, for sure! :s


Richard-Murray 4 years ago

This will be a battle,

A.DInamo ZAgreb is in a bad place. Dynamo Kyiv can catch PSG or Porto if either think they are a push over

B. Arsenal is saved again, what a cherry group, what a cherry group. montpellier and schalke are having rough early seasons. I think Schalke will get through with Arsnela but i want montpellier to do it.

C. Milan has a fight on their hands. They are still a young team. Zenit are fighters, and Malaga is no push over, Anderlecht might surprise someone. I hope Milan get through.

D. The hardest group, all clubs are well known , whoever wins this group will probably be a favorite to win the tournament.

E. Chelsea and Juventus will get through, the danish team is too weak and shaktar don't have the quality to get through. Shaktar will fight, but they will succuumb.

F. Bayern and Valencia got lucky. BATE is not quality and Lille has work to do, if they can sharpen they can get through, i expect Lille to be in the Europa cup if they don't improve their sharpness

G. Barcelona will get through but this is a mini group of death, Celtic, Spartak and Benfica will fight hard for second place any body slip up and it is over

H. a cherry group for Man United. Braga willget through. Galatasary and Cluj don't have the quality.


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internpete 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida Author

Richard-Murray - Great predictions! And I think I have to agree with you on most or all of them. It is interesting how some teams, like Arsenal and Man U, get a very easy path out of the group stage (relatively), while Manchester City, and several others, have big challenges on their hands.

I would agree, Barcelona's group G is an interesting group, all three other teams have a chance to get through.

Thanks for your thorough comment!


Richard-Murray 4 years ago

my pleasure internpete


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internpete 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida Author

FaisalKhan2121 - ha, yes Barcelona shouldn't have a problem...until the semifinal...

Thanks for your comment!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This will be exciting to see and I am sure it will hold the attention of the world as it begins. Thanks for the write-up and comments on these teams.


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internpete 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida Author

teaches12345 - Yes, I am already excited, and they haven't even played a game yet! Thank you for reading!


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mmsu 4 years ago from Pakistan

Good run down of every group.There are no easy groups although it looks on paper sometimes.Ask united what happened last year.Arsenal's group is easy but again Montpellier are last year's champions and Schalke is decent too.

Manu and Chelsea and Arsenal get relatively easy draws most of the time as their coefficient ranking is high unlike city who are new to the competition and get tougher draws.


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internpete 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida Author

mmsu - yeah, totally agree. The big teams still have to take the other 'smaller' teams seriously or they could be in an awkward position. But looking at all the groups, there are some groups teams would much rather be in than others.

I am looking forward to it, and I am sure it will be an exciting season! Thanks for your comment!


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CCahill 4 years ago from England

Haha insane group D! I couldn't have wished for a better Group draw being a Manchester United fan, hopefully we can see our rivals crash out of the group of death and then advance easily ourself in an incredibly easy group but then again, easy groups have never been good for us, i feel we do better when we are challenged, quite easy to slip up in Europe


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edmob1 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Good job Pete. Be watching for the banana skins this year.


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CCahill 4 years ago from England

Last year certainly had its fair share ;)


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internpete 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida Author

CCahill - Yeah, interesting groups. Man City will have to play hard in the CL if they want to get out of groups stage, which I am sure United fans are happy about! But yes, each team has to stay focused n order to advance. There are no certain wins!

Edmob1 - Thanks for dropping by!


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CCahill 4 years ago from England

It reminds me of the old cleche saying

"To win it, you've got to beat a big team or two whatever way you look at it"

So i suppose the teams in group D just have to see it as, if they truly are to be the champions of Europe and the best, then they've got to beat the best at some point anyway and its irrelevant whether its now or later.


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internpete 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida Author

CCahill - Yeah, I heard one commentator saying that. And it does make sense.


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CCahill 4 years ago from England

Honestly, i fancy my teams chances better if we had Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern in our group for instance, i just think its too easy to trip up against weeks teams and get complacent, i honestly think we have just as much chance of beating Real Madrid as we do SC Braga


Richard-Murray 4 years ago

@CCahill,

the problem for man united is the speed of the midfield and defense. The game against Southhapton proved that man united's midfield and defense is still not fast enough, or strong enough.

If a teeam has hungry pressing midfielders and forwards who will battle in the air and hold up play.

I haven't been able to see my serie A because Al Jhazeera's new network, but Juve's formation around Pirlo is the structure Man United need to have around Pirlo. He needs to roaming cutting midfielders about him like Pirlo does at Juve which allows him to stay in the pocket and cut through clubs. Scholes doesn't have enough space around him.


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Francescad 4 years ago from London

Very interesting groups, least not as I follow Chelsea and Juve (one of the perils of dual nationality!).


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internpete 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida Author

Francescad - That makes it interesting, although they should both advances easily. Only question is who advances top of the group? Chelsea are looking good, but Juventus is also good.


Richard-Murray 4 years ago

So, any big surprises in the CL so far? City seem to be doing extraordinarily poorly.

A: is going as planned, and Kiev won the europa league spot, plain and simple

B: I knew montpellier would falter, that club has spurts of quality but because they tend to develop players those spurts are followed with restructures which is a nono for success in the UEFA CL. I personally feel Arsenal got lucky to be in the UEFA CL. I think they will lose to OLympiakos, and while they can still get in. I think a Europa league place is more fitting for them.

So, if Olympiakos wins in greece then the table will go as planned. IF arsenal get second spot that will be a surprise.

C: Zenit, Malaga, and Milan all shuffled a lot before the season started and in the season. So, this group was always going to be the worst one to bet on. Malaga has found itself. Milan is doing likewise. I personally thought Zenit would make a push but their players aren't together, and I think Zenit are in the restructuring stage. Ideally, Zenit can still get in with two wins, but it will be tight.

Only surprised at how steady Malaga have been but the wavy results of the rest was expected.

D: I am only surprised that Manchester City aren't at least third. Ajax was the surprise for me. Dortmund and Real i knew were dangerous and bound for the next stage. I thought Man city could snag one from them, but man city isn't as hungry. plain and simple. though in some ways this may be better for Man City, if they go fourth then they only have domestic concerns to worry with and that will make it easier for them to fly to another EPL title.

I think Ajax will be dangerous in the europa league this season.

E: this group is going as expected. I know chelsea, juve and shaktar, all are three strong teams, set teams. I think it is sad that these three teams were put together. I think Chelsea will win in turin and with the last game at Nordsjaelland Chelsea with a win in turin have the edge going forward. The Shaktar Juve matchup will be essential. So, the group is still tight, but as i expected.

In terms of the Europa Lague, Shaktar will be the best to go there. Chelsea and Juventus have tougher leagues than Shaktar and that Europa league scheduling will hurt them .

F: All is expected. It is unfortunate Lille couldn't even battle for the third spot against Borisov, but Lille like Montpellier are development sides and this season was an initial season.

G: Barca is obvious. Benfica have an opportunity, but Celtic arent a surprise but have proven what i felt about them with rangers gone. Celtic is looking outwardly seriously. One more win and they are in.

H: Man United i knew would fly in this group. Their depth has gotten stronger. I would be surprised if Galatasary don't make second but Cluj has shown they can snag spots.


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internpete 4 years ago from At the Beach in Florida Author

Richard - Great summary of the current situation. I am a bit surprised by Malaga's performance, but it is fun to see. And Celtic's win over Barca was an interesting result. I think group C and Group E are two that could have a lot of drama as far as who makes it out of the group stage. A few dropped points and many of these teams could be out. Thanks for your comment!


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geminimishy 3 years ago from Norfolk, VA

Excited about BVB moving on to the knockout round. We had a tough group, and after last years performance I think most of us fans were hoping for the best but scared for the worst. To be honest, I am a bit disappointed that Chelsea won't be around to defend their title but what can you do? I was hoping for at least one game featuring my team v. my husband's. Maybe next year. ;)


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internpete 3 years ago from At the Beach in Florida Author

geminimishy - BVB was impressive in their qualification, especially with the group they had to deal with! Chelsea really dropped the ball going out in the group stage. I find it interesting that while it was disappointing for City to go out in the group stage, it is somewhat understandable because of the tough group they had, but Chelsea had a much more manageable group, and yet they got the same result. Thanks for your comment!


Richard-Murray 3 years ago

@internpete, you are wrong about chelsea's group. Shaktar and Juventus are top sides. Chelsea's group was the second hardest and it was the fact that Ajax was tougher than Nordselland. Chelsea had a better result wo go to the Europa LEague, Manc are totally out of europe


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internpete 3 years ago from At the Beach in Florida Author

Rich, I am not saying Chelsea had an easy group, but their group was certainly easier than Man City! Being the champions, one would expect that they could advance from their group no matter who was in it. The fact that they could not best Juventus and Shaktar, while understandable, is still unacceptable for the champions. And I don't think there are too many who expect Juventus or Shaktar to reach the final, even if they are very good sides.


Richard-Murray 3 years ago

@Internpete,

I disagree, Juventus was second to Malaga defensively. Malaga never gave up a goal i think and Juventus never lost a game. And Shaktar is a tough side. And lets be fair, when we say champions that was a different chelsea squad.

I actually know Juve can reach the finals, you underestimate Juve. Shaktar I don't know if they will make it , but shaktar have one thing going for them, they have no domestic trouble, being clearly the champions of this season, so the UEFA CL is their entire focus. And, unlike prior seasons they have matured to know what they have to do to win. Many underestimate Shaktar and Juve. Real/Barca, Shaktar, Juve, Dortmund/Bayern I think can go the whole way. The rest: Arsenal, Man United, Schalke, Malaga, PSG, Porto, Milan, Valencia, Celtic, Galatassary can forget it.

Remember, I am a fan of Serie A, I watched Juve grow into this. Conte came in, didn't win anything first season. Second season with the Serie A, thrid season , greater heights. Juve is a great side, you should watch them more, they play very good. I personally felt Chelsea and Juve would get out. I thought Chelsea had enough quality to beat Shaktar but Shaktar have grown.

And your right, many don't think much of Juve and Shaktar but i think they are letting populairty cloud them. I remember last season and many thought Chelsea wouldn't win either but the defense of chelsea was excellent that season, few remember that. Malaga and Juve actually have the best defenses.


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internpete 3 years ago from At the Beach in Florida Author

It seems that the path for Juve and Malaga are not too challenging to get to the next round. Unless you think Celtic or Porto will give them serious trouble?

I am interested to see how Shaktar does against Dortmund. I think it will make for two good games. Plenty of other great games to watch as well! Glad there will only be two a day, couldn't keep up with more than that!


Richard-Murray 3 years ago

great UEFA CL,

half of the matches are definite must watches, the other half can be must watches, i only fear for the milan barca matchup. Simply because milan is going to release more players this january and Milan might be very young and in transition against Barcelona. But, Alegri will have an idea


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dwachira 3 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Hi Peter,

Wow! such a comprehensive reporting, Real Madrid vs. Manchester United should be a cracker, can't miss that. Voted up.


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internpete 3 years ago from At the Beach in Florida Author

Richard - I completely agree. I can't wait for February now! I am interested to see what happens to Milan, hopefully for their sake they make it a good game.

dwachira - Thanks! Yes United v Madrid will be very entertaining. It will be interesting to see what kind of reception Ronaldo gets.


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CCahill 3 years ago from England

Ronaldo is always welcome here! it is his true home and he knows it, we know it..


Richard-Murray 3 years ago

@internpete good days agead:)

@CCahill

A smell a classic about to occur:)


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CCahill 3 years ago from England

I know! i really can't wait til feb now

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