Thursday, September 28, 2006

Champions League looking wide open...

The results after Champions League matchday 2 leave United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Valencia, Lyon and Bayern Munich with six points apiece. Liverpool and Barcelona are both on four points each with Real Madrid on three points after their impressive 5-1 win over Dynamo Kiev.

From that group of clubs will come this years winner's, of that we can be fairly certain.

Sadly, but realistically, I think we can discount Manchester United, they aren't serious contenders, the same can be said of Real Madrid and Valencia. Of the rest, Lyon and Bayern both sold stars players this summer and so both must have weakened their chances of lifting the trophy, buy if I was going to choose an outsider, it would be Lyon, so they are my outside tip to win it this year.

Arsenal did well last year and must fancy their chances, as must Liverpool who look to have made a couple of good signings this summer. A lot will depend on the luck of the draw, but I expect both clubs to reach the semi-final this year along with Chelsea and Barcelona.

Despite their slightly below par early season performances, I really think this is the year that Chelsea will lift the trophy, they can only get better and ominously they're winning without their new signings firing on all cylinders.

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