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Champions League: Well, Bayer, that's going to be tough


After the draw of the Champions League group stage, the German club representatives can make quite happy faces. Only in Leverkusen you should prepare for the early out.

Milan, Turin, Barcelona: These will be nice European Cup evenings for the fans of the German teams in the Champions League just for travel planning reasons.

But it's not just about pretty Instagram pictures, it's also about the athletic progress. And even there it looks for the Bundesliga Quartet after the draw in the evening is not so bad.

Here are the forecasts for the performance of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig.



Robert Lewandowski is likely to cheer again or again

FC Bayern Munich are dealing with Tottenham, Red Star Belgrade and Olympiacos Piraeus. In the claims that exist in Munich, the survival of the group phase is always an obligation anyway. However, this time should succeed.

With Tottenham waiting for the finalists from the preseason, also blessed with Mauricio Pocchetino, one of the world's best coach. Nevertheless, the Londoners have been quite vulnerable in the Champions League in recent years. In the progress to the final against Manchester City and Ajax Amsterdam was also good luck in the game. The two teams from Munich and London have so far met little internationally. Not only because of this, a prognosis hardly seems possible.

Against Belgrade and Piraeus Bayern must survive the away games reasonably well. The atmosphere in both stadiums is rather politely circumscribed with heated. Red Star made headlines only in qualifying when a tank was parked in front of the arena. Olympiakos is after many years as a subscription master in Greece before the change. Red Star, 30 years ago a top address in Europe, has lost the connection afterwards. What you also recognize that the former German national player Marko Marin counts to today's stars in Belgrade.

Prediction: Bayern is group winner


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Julian Weigl and Marco Reus - against Inter it decides

The BVB fans will get a lot of offers: Lionel Messi looks over in the Ruhr area, but decisive for getting ahead are probably the duels with Inter Milan. The games against Real and Atlético Madrid in the past group stages, however, have shown that the BVB can also sell well against top clubs of the Primera Division. Nevertheless, FC Barcelona, ​​reinforced by Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong and France striker Antoine Griezmann, is a special European player. Barca is also unbeatable (not anymore).

That certainly applies to Inter Milan. The club is still looking for its old class, but has brought Romelu Lukaku and Diego Godin but experienced stars from England and Spain in Lombardy. On the sidelines is Antonio Conte also one who knows a lot about tactics and also a lot about how to lead a team to the top. A challenge for Lucien Favre. This will be exciting matches.

Slavia Prague, who fought the play-offs into the group stage, can only land in fourth place here. With one or the other point at home, they could still influence the fate of the other three.

Prognosis: Dortmund saves on second place.


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Rudi Völler looks so half optimistic

Well, Bayer, that's going to be tough. And you could almost say impossible. Having Juventus AND Atlético in a group is hardly ungrateful. Juve with Cristiano Ronaldo wants to show after the quarter-final retirement last year that this was a slip-up. Matthijs de Ligt, the second former Ajax youngster after De Jong, will quickly get used to Italy's defense school and even influence it. And Maurizio Sarri is a keen coach.

By the way: Atlético has to offer that too. Diego Simeone is the real star of the Madrilenians and still full of fire. Just driven once again to set up a new team for the umpteenth time; a team that now includes the Portuguese jewel Joao Felix.

In contrast, the stars of Lok Moscow something off: Benedikt Höwedes and Jefferson Farfan have their best times probably behind them. Bayer should win the games against the second of the Russian championship to save at least third place.

Prediction: Bayer make it into the Europa League


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Is Yussuf Poulsen finally getting to know the knockout round?

For the second time RB Leipzig is in the Champions League - the chances of getting ahead are good this time. RB is already solid at the early part of the season, none of the three opponents seems overpowering.

Zenit St. Petersburg has slipped into the pot of the top teams only thanks to the arithmetic of Uefa, in the previous years was almost always represented in the Champions League, but on the knockout stage, the club never came out. Zenit bet once again on players from South America, for the championship has been enough. On the other hand, Zenit is losing ground internationally.

Benfica Lisbon has to cope with the departure of Joao Felix, a common situation for the Portuguese. Again and again, the team has had to pull its best. Remained is the well-known from the Bundesliga Haris Seferovic, but that should not cause RB fear.

Olympique Lyon with Dutch top striker Memphis could even play with RB for the group win. Lyon, third in Ligue 1 last year, may not be able to keep up with PSG, but who is it in France?

Forecast: Leipzig becomes second in the group.

Source: spiegel

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