This group was always only going to be about two teams, Bayern Munich and PSG. All eyes are on PSG though(not only for FFP) as new signings Neymar and Mbappe will be seen playing together. Celtic and Anderlect are almost already competing for 3rd place even before the tournament has begun. Its not that they are very weak clubs, Bayern and PSG are just the bigger of the elite clubs in Europe.
Celtic do have players like Scott Brown, Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair who could trouble oppositions. Their games at Celtic park will be tricky ones even for the big boys(Barcelona remember). They currently sit 2nd in the Scottish Premiership and had gone unbeaten last season with a hungry manager. This group may be a level above their capability but their stock is certainly on the rise.
Anderlect, on the other hand currently sit 11th in the Belgian league having won only 1 of their first 5 matches. While their chances of qualifying are bleak at best, they have a young squad that can show a spirited performance against the big boys.
Onto the big boys, PSG seem like they finally have the pieces together for a sustained CL challenge, even though their FFP compliance problems are just at their infancy, no one can doubt the ability in that squad. Neymar, Veratti, Mbappe, Thaigo Silva, etc all are top notch and have to prove that they are ready to be genuinely considered in the likes of Madrid, Barcelona and Munich.
Bayern, on the other hand are managed by arguably the best manager in world football, Carlo Ancelotti. He has won the domestic leagues in England, Italy, Germany and Spain. While one might say that their top players are ageing, having the likes of Neuer, Boateng, Hummels, Vidal, Robben and Lewandowski is never a bad omen. The addition of James Rodriguez just adds to the list of superstars at their disposal.
The majority of the footballing community believe that this group is a two team battle for top spot. But who will claim that top spot? only time will tell.
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