By Yoshiki Matsunaga on August 28, 2014
All 32 teams were drawn into their respective groups for the UEFA Champions League. The English Premier League was well represented with all four eligible clubs. With the Champions League only three weeks away, here is an analysis and prediction of each of the four Premier League teams.
The North London club will face the likes of BVB Dortmund, Galatasaray SK and RSC Anderlecht. At first glance the round of 16 seems close at hand, but with Arsenal, they will always make it a nail biter for their fans. All four participating teams are veterans of the competition making advancement a bit tricky. By no means is this group even close to being the group of death and a team of Arsenal’s caliber should win this.
The group stages for Jose Mourinho and company should be a walk in the park. FC Schalke 04, Sporting CP and NK Maribor are the other members of Group G. Unless Chelsea completely fall apart, the quality of their club should easily see them through.
The Merseyside club was drawn into Group B with reigning UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid CF, Swiss champions FC Basel and first-time participants PFC Ludogorets Razgrad. If Liverpool can get the necessary results against the minnows of the group, the Reds should have no problem getting beyond the group stages. Although the prospect of facing Real Madrid is daunting, with a bit of luck Liverpool could win the group.
The Manchester club were drawn to one of the most difficult groups of the competition. Manchester City were drawn to Group E with FC Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow and AS Roma. Bayern and City appear as the two favorites to advance, but playing a late group stage game in Moscow is killer for any club, and the Roman side are a quality side. Manchester City has a history of struggling in the UEFA competition making this group interesting.
Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea should go on to the round of sixteen with relative ease, barring some kind of meltdown. Manchester City, on the other hand, have a tricky group to navigate through, but are capable of winning the group. Arsenal and Chelsea should win their groups, Liverpool comfortably finishing second and Manchester City fighting for qualification every step of the way.
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