Always leave the best for last and this year’s Group H is just that. The traditional ‘Group of Death’ features Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur and APOEL Nicosia. One can almost write off APOEL before the games have even started due to the ability of the other teams. The most famous team in Cyprus is in an unwanted 5th position in their league currently, although they have only played one game compared to the 3 that the leaders have played. The best they could possibly do is to try and take a few points off the big boys but nothing much more.
Tottenham are one of the fastest growing names in Football around the world. Their presence in the English League has certainly been felt by the big boys. Its about time that they make their presence felt around Europe too. Over the last two years they have finished 3rd and 2nd and have managed to score the most points over these two years. A lot of this is down to their manager, Mauricio Pochettio. Their young influx of English talent is staggering and improving with every passing gameweek. Considering that they have sold Kyle Walker, they have seemed to deal with it very well by signing Serge Aurier. The only worry for them would be the curse of Wembley, for some reason they have never felt at home at that stadium and have to play there till their new stadium is built.
Borussia Dortmund currently lead the Bundesliga having played 3 games. They may have sold Ousmane Dembele to Barcelona but were compensated handsomely for the same. They still have a very strong side. A lot of expectations will be placed on Marco Reus and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang who lead this team’s attack. New boss Peter Bosz also has a chance to show what he’s made of after being pitted against such opponents. His toughest task will be trying to keep Marco Reus fit for an entire season. We all know what he is cpable of but those injury questions will always loom over his career.
Now we move on to the back to back champions of Europe. The only club to have ever achieved this feat, probably the best club in the world right now, Real Madrid. They may have made a sloppy start to the season, having drawn two matches but those were without Cristiano Ronaldo. Even though they are arguably the best team in Europe, they cannot take this group lightly. Dortmund and Tottenham will be there to pounce on any of their mistakes. An interesting sight this year will be the performances of Marco Asensio and Isco, both young players who have finally made their breakthrough into the Madrid first team. If they can keep up their form from the last two years then who knows we could see them winning 3 Champions Leagues in a row.
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