With Tuesday’s matches, the group stage of the Champions League enters the second half. Some favorites confirm their role and some struggle unexpectedly. Which clubs are 100% after half the match? Which giants are in danger of being eliminated in the group stage?
Teams without losing a point
The Munich club, as every year, does not give the opponents in the basic group any chance. The last win against the Turkish Galatasaray (3:1) entered the record book. It was the eighth straight away win in the primary groups and the sixteenth straight win in the primary groups.
At the same time, it was also the 37th match in a row in the Champions League group stage, from which the reigning German champion did not leave defeated. In addition to Galatasaray, Bayern also dealt with Manchester United (4:3) and Copenhagen (2:1).
The most prestigious European football competition is a diamond among gems for Real Madrid, every year they fight to win it until the last moments. This season, the White Ballet Union included Berlin, Naples and Braga.
In the very first match, they almost broke up with a tie at home with Union, only Bellingham saved the win in the last minutes. On the field of Napoli, Real took over and won 3:2. In the last duel, he also managed in Braza and thus rules group C.
The defending champion is mowing down opponent after opponent again this season. With all due respect to the other teams in the Champions League group, none of them are a match for this manchaft. Game after game, Manchester City led by Guardiola shows its strength and dominance.
RB Leipzig, CZ Belgrade and Young Boys, these are the teams Citizens are fighting in the Champions League, all 3 matches ended with a 3-1 win. As a result of the other results, this already means certain progress from the group.
After two unsuccessful years in the Champions League, when the Catalans moved to the Europa League after the group stage, Xavi and his charges succeeded. Barcelona will most likely advance to the knockout battles among Europe’s elite.
After three games, Barcelona collected 9 points and a score of 8:1. A dominant 5-0 win against Antwerp was followed by 1-0 wins against Porto and most recently 2-1 against Shakhtar.
They fall short of expectations
The first team that probably comes to mind for every football fan in this context is Manchester United. The 4:3 loss in Munich could still be forgiven, because Bayern is somewhere completely different compared to United.
But what about the home loss to Galatasaray? The fans at Old Trafford almost had a heart attack when Onana made a poor play and Casemiro fouled the penalty, receiving a second yellow and having to be sent off. Icardi was wrong. However, in a few minutes, he found the target and the fans really had a flag. The win against Copenhagen was not convincing at all.
The reigning Europa League champions are struggling this season. So not only in the Champions League, but also in the domestic La Liga. After three rounds of the basic groups, the team from Spain has only 2 points. Sevilla should beat teams like RC Lens or PSV if they want to play in the Champions League.
Lens is losing 3 points to the 2nd place, and until the last moments Sevilla will have to fight for advancement if it is not done before.
The Portuguese team stands out mainly by training domestic players and selling them abroad. In the last season of the Champions League, the Portuguese team was eliminated in the quarter-finals by the finalist Inter.
This year’s draw was quite pleasant, Spanish Real Sociedad, RB Salzburg and a rematch with Inter. Before the opening game, no one would have expected Benfica to be in last place after the half with no points. Even worse, Benfica has yet to score a goal.
The Italian team received a merciless draw in this season’s Champions League. Group of death with PSG, Newcastle and Dortmund. In the opening 0:0 draw, AC showed that they can measure up to Newcastle, the English team was under pressure for most of the match.
The second match took place at Signal Iduna Park and the result? Again 0:0. Offensive impotence was confirmed by the match against Paris, from which the AC players left defeated 0:3. The promotion is still in the hands of the Italian big club, but after 3 rounds 0 in the scored goals column there is a small football tragedy.