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Champions League Group Analysis: GROUP A

Well, there is only one favourite in this group and that is the high flying Man Utd Football club. While group A boasts the likes of Basel, Benfica and CSKA Moscow too, based on current form, it is highly likely that United will win this group. Jose Mourinho’s men have been off to a flyer in the PL, having scored 10 goals in 3 games without reply.

Basel are currently a point off the top in the Swiss League and are 3rd only on goal difference. They boast players like Serey Die who was on the shopping list for quite of few clubs this year and Ricky van Wolfswinkel who has scored 6 times in the 6 games of the Swiss League. A tricky proposition will be CSKA Moscow, not in the home game for Man Utd, but in the away game which is a long journey to Russia in the middle of two Premier League weekends. CSKA currently sit 6th in the Russian League but do have players like Dzagoev and trusted Keeper Akinfeev who are always a handful.

Man Utd
Technically Benfica are from Pot 1. Do they have what it takes to stop Man Utd from dominating this group?

By far, Man Utd’s toughest task will be Benfica. Having had Victor Lindelof taken from them by Man Utd, Benfica currently sit 3rd in the Portugese League. They still have a handful of crafty players even though they have had their best players taken from them year after year.

United will thank their lucky stars for a draw like this because even though these teams are tricky propositions, they may not been in the best of form currently. Another boost of United fans is that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been named in the squad for their Champions League campaign. His experience and ability will be vital for them to establish any kind of run in the Champions League.

Man Utd
He may not play the initial matches but a lot of the attention will be turned towards this man.

Featured Image via Youtube.

Benfica Image via the Mirror

Ibrahimovic image via Newsweek.

Also by Varun Shah.

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Varun Shah
Meet Varun, being a 22 year old Mumbaikar his love for football began at one of Mumbai's most famous grounds, Priyadarshini Park. Ever since he watched Thierry Henry terrorize English League defences it's only been about one club for him, the famous red and white of the Arsenal. But it's not just football that he likes, a thorough sports fan he is following Football, F1, Cricket, Basketball, Tennis, Baseball and American Football. Like most young Arsenal fans, he too looked up to Arsene Wenger as one of the greatest managers of our time. Being a CA Student may have taken much of his time but you have to make time for some things and making time to watch the boys in red and white go out and put on a show is one of his favorite ways to de-stress from his studies. He is absolutely obsessed with FIFA statistics, so if you ever want to know exactly where the differences are between Ronaldo and Messi on FIFA, he is your go to guy. Although he does predominantly watch the English League, never underestimate his knowledge in any other foreign leagues, he loves understanding market trends which is why even though there is no football in July, it is one of his favorite months of the year to analyze price and transfer trends.