Analyzing the Champions League’s Groups of Death

VALLADOLID, SPAIN - AUGUST 25: Players of Barcelona celebrates after Ousmane Dembele scores the first goal during the La Liga match between Real Valladolid CF and FC Barcelona at Jose Zorrilla on August 25, 2018 in Valladolid, Spain. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Now that we know how the Champions League groups are set for this new season, it’s time to analyze the most competitive ones from the lot, the Groups of Death.

The UEFA Champions League draw has finally taken place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco this Thursday, we could finally see how all the best European clubs were paired and which will form the dreaded Groups of Death. Out of all the eight groups in this draw, there are three specific ones that have the most complicated first stage of the tournament because they are part of the groups with the toughest opponents in the whole competition. The Champions League is always quite complicated as it already is, but these three groups in specific are without question the most attractive ones of the lot because of how exciting the matches are going to be this early in the season. We are eager for the new 2018-2019 Champions League season to start, which is going to be just one week after the international break we are going to get at the start of September. Let us take you through the most complicated groups in this new edition of the Champions League.

Group B

If we wanted to rank the most complicated group of the three Groups of Death, the one from the B lot is arguably the most exciting. This contains current La Liga champions FC Barcelona, London club Tottenham Hotspur, Dutch Eredivisie champions PSV Eindhoven, and finally Italian giants Internazionale Milano. Apart from Inter which is the Italian club from the lot, the other three squads practice attractive offensive football that will give us a great sight to behold when they play against each other. There is no match from this whole group stage that we are not going to thoroughly enjoy. FC Barcelona and Tottenham are the obvious favorites to take the group, but both Inter and PSV have incredible talent in their squads and the capacity to upset any of the giant clubs in Group B.

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Group C

Following along with the most complicated groups in the Champions League we got Group C, which consists of Ligue 1 Champions Paris Saint-Germain, Italian club SSC Napoli, Serbian champions Red Star from Belgrade, and finally Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool FC. The Reds are one of the two favorites to take this group alongside the French giants, but the most attractive duel will be between star attacking trios Neymar/Mbappé/Cavani vs Salah/Firmino/Mane. We are in for a treat and a potential football festival when these two squads play each other twice. It’s really hard to say which of these two will come out on top, we certainly hope it will be the best and most competitive.

Group H

As we had predicted in a previous article, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United got a very complicated group and will face one of the tournament’s biggest title contenders. Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus FC will play against the Red Devils, Swiss club Young Boys, and Spanish club Valencia who is quite different from the same club we knew from other editions of this prestigious competition. But the matchup with the biggest media attraction will be without question the one in which Juventus and Manchester United face each other, there is going to be a lot of nostalgia involved because both Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Pogba will return to the clubs where they became idols. But the top favorite to win this group is Juve, no doubt about that.

Which is these groups do you think is more competitive? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.


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