The UEFA Champions League group stage starts this week and we continue to make a preview on various groups…
It carries teams like Spartak Moscow, Sevilla, Liverpool and Maribor.
Five-time European champion Liverpool has a chance to avenge its loss to Sevilla in the 2016 Europa League final which denied the English team a place in last season’s Champions League.
Spartak, which won the Russian Premier League, is making its first appearance since 2012-13, while Maribor is the big outsider in its third attempt to reach the knockout stage.
It has the following clubs: Shakhtar Donetsk, Manchester City, Napoli, Feyenoord.
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City is being regarded as the favorite in this group. Napoli was one of the more difficult opponents for City from the third-seeded teams and eased past Nice in the playoffs round.
Feyenoord makes a comeback after15-year absence and is likely to face what has been termed as a steep learning curve by analyst.
It carries the following teams Monaco, Porto, Besiktas and Leipzig
Monaco went to semifinalist position last season hence being regarded as superior among the other clubs. However the team has been hurt by the departure of key players like Bernardo Silva, Kylian Mbappe and Benjamin Mendy this summer.
Leipzig was created in 2009 and is a newcomer at this level. Monaco won its group as a fourth-seeded team last season.
Have the following teams: Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Tottenham Hotspur and Apoel
Real Madrid has won the Champions League three times in the past four years, and is looking to become the first team since Bayern Munich (1974-76) to be European champion in three straight years.
Tottenham will be eyeing good outcome at Wembley Stadium, where the team hasn’t won either of its Premier League games there this season.
Apoel famously reached the quarterfinals in 2012 and this will be the toughest group.