It’s time for football fans to shift from domestic competitions to international tournaments, because the Champions League resumes this Tuesday.
We are halfway through with the group stage and no team has managed to win all the games so far, except for Zenit.
The Russians had no problem in dealing with their opponents and they are already qualified for the next stage.
In the other groups, major European plans are trying to make amends for a slow season start and Chelsea is a shining example. The Blues are struggling in the second half of the Premier League and they won just one match in the group stage, so they desperately need all three points at Stamford Bridge.
There’s a lot of money at stake, not to mention the pride of making a deep run in the most important football competition in the world for clubs.
Manchester United and their city rivals are trailing the leaders in their groups, which is surprising on many levels. They have the chance to return to the top this week if they win and bookmakers are optimistic about their chances to convert this opportunity.
Arsenal in the only English team that is in real danger of missing qualification, but they return to their winning ways two weeks ago when they handed a 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich.
The Germans will have home pitch advantage this time and bookies offer ridiculously low odds on their victory and trust them to cover the spread. Spanish teams are faring much better, with Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona sitting at the top of their groups and expected to win them.
It’s not easy for any of them, but they got enough points under their belt and a string of relatively easy games ahead.
Valencia and Sevilla are currently trying to secure the second-place as it is pretty obvious that winning the group is most unlikely. They struggle on the road and earned most of the points in front of their fans, but the good news is that they’ve got another opportunity to consolidate their position.
Juventus and AS Roma are the two Italian teams still in the race, but the former champions are faring much better, while the current Serie A leaders need nothing short of a victory to change their fortunes and qualify.