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rainORshine
Post #1
Thursday August 29, 2013 5:59pm

Joined Dec 2012
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Group A: Man United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Sociedad

Group B: Real Madrid, Juventus, Galatasaray, FC Copenhagen

Group C: Benfica, PSG, Olympiakos, Anderlecht

Group D: Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, Man City, Viktoria Plzen

Group E: Chelsea, Schalke, FC Basel, Steaua Bucharest

Group F: Arsenal, Marseille, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli

Group G: FC Porto, Atletico Madrid, Zenit St Petersburg, Austria Vienna

Group H: Barcelona, AC Milan, Ajax, Celtic

no schalke / anderlecht match-up

will be tough sledding for kljestan and anderlecht - just hope they can make a little noise and challenge for spot in knock-out round. ultimately, avoiding bottom of the group would be a very good outcome

admsghs27
Post #2
Thursday August 29, 2013 6:18pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 3,142
Wakk I thought this thread was the concacaf champs league... I don't care about Europe just the teams that have americans I somewhat follow.. There Aren't mant this year.. Anyways looks like san jose is done..

rjw77
Post #3
Thursday August 29, 2013 6:24pm

Joined Jul 2013
Total Posts: 265
No big group of death this year. I guess the most is dortmund, arsenal, marseille, and napoli but not like last year's madrid, man city, dortumnd, ajax group.

For the americans tough group for kljestan but if schalke plays well they should get out of their group, no guarantee on that though.

tylercocinas
Post #4
Thursday August 29, 2013 6:25pm

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 749
Aside from PSG, I think Anderlecht got a pretty decent group. They can surely compete against the likes of Benfica & Olympiakos.

admsghs27
Post #5
Thursday August 29, 2013 6:33pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 3,142
Anyways Ill go with my predictions.. Top 2 going trough..
Group A- Man U, Bayern Leverkusen
Group B- Real Madrid, Juventus
Group C- PSG, Anderlecht
Group D- Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow
Group E- Chelsea, Schalke
Group F- Dortmund, Napoli
Group G- Atletico Madrid, FC Porto
Group H- Barcelona, Ajax

Theres always a few upsets in group stages..

EKneezy
Post #6
Thursday August 29, 2013 6:44pm

Joined May 2013
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Group H is def the group of death. Or you could go with Group F.

rainORshine
Post #7
Sunday September 1, 2013 8:50pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 1,773
anderlecht is playing absolute shite defensively so far this season and are going to get throttled in UCL if they dont figure it out quickly

they have played 2 games against other good belgian squads so far this season - lokeren and zulte-waregem - and have given up 7 goals and lost both games. they are already 6 pts back of liege

part of the problem involves kljestan and their central midfield. last 2 seasons sacha played next to lucas biglia, the argentine international, who is extremely strong defensively but also pushed forward further in attack (think argentine MB), leaving sacha in deeper position to provide balance

they have brought in young serbian international, luka milivojevic, to replace biglia. think he is a good player - had a nice assist on kljestans goal today - but vanden stock (coach) has pushed sacha up the field and luka is not really strong enough defensively. sacha obviously doing well offensively - 3 goals in last 4 games - but the overall balance is not good at all.

hoping switch to 4-3-3 to stabilize midfield and hopefully find the right formula - although i am not sure who they might bring in to join sacha and luka.

anyhow, better figure it out fast or benfica may score about 6 goals on them in UCL opener in a couple weeks

rainORshine
Post #8
Tuesday September 17, 2013 1:12pm

Joined Dec 2012
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Benfica v Anderlecht

tough, tough opener for kljestan/anderlecht.

last season benfica ran through:
- bayer leverkusen
- bordeaux
- newcastle
- fenerbahce

...by a combined 14-7 (9-3 at home) in knock-out rounds to reach europa final

keeping this one close would be respectable. a draw would be huge

(jones suspended)

rainORshine
Post #9
Tuesday September 17, 2013 11:55pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 1,773
after catching some of the game...

... sometimes coaches just really out think themselves. anderlecht coach comes out today in 4-4-2 diamond - a formation i have never seen them play. with one of their wings (bruno) playing as a CAM, no less.??

well, it didnt work and they went down 0-2 inside of 30 minutes.

halftime he reverted back to their standard 4-4-2 but the damage had been done. nil-2

realistically, anderlecht will feel they need to grab 3 points v olympiakos (hammered at home by PSG) in their next match to feel good about things

MSantoine
Post #10
Thursday December 12, 2013 3:09am

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 2,182
Talk of the EPL demise may have been a little premature. All 4 EPL teams advanced to the knockout stage. Looks like it will be one of the strongest knockout rounds ever. 4 EPL teams, 4 bundesliga teams, 3 La Liga teams. Throw in PSG, the best non- big 4 league team and there will be some major star power. Looks like Serie A, Erevidise, Portuguese Liga, Celtic need to reasses there strategies. Milan is a mid tier Italian team now, they are probably one of the desired draws by most of the group winners.


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