Manchester City will face Real Madrid for the first time in a competitive match after being drawn against Jose Mourinho's side in the Champions League group stage Thursday.
What a group! The best I've seen in recent years!
Madrid are obviously faves but Dortmund are a real classy outfit. They have a lovely defence, with Hummels as their lynchpin. They held onto him, which was crucial as he is top drawer. Last year they couldn't make it happen in europe, but i vote them to do a lot better this time out having learnt and grown with their league victory and that IMMENSE German cup trouncing of Bayern. Gotze and Lewandowski can make things happen for them, they'll be dangerous. The pole was devastating up front last season, if he can do that again even Madrid will find them tough going.
Good group on paper but Madrid should be able to walk into the knock-out phase. 12 goals to nil against Ajax in the last two years. Madrid have built their squad were as Ajax have sold their best players. Dortmund's Champions League run wasn't anything to shout about. Again Madrid should fine these fixtures rather easy. City will obviously be the "Real" challenge ( pun intended :D ). Although City have been hopeless in both European competitions. I'd say Real could get 14 or 16 out of 18 pts.
I'm only worried because facing such teams is gonna exhaust the players for the actual league...
shame psg just missed out on this group otherwise it would have been perfect. hard group but city and real to go through.
PSG or you mean Juventus from that pot. Juventus would have been better, but the group is good. Ajax are a good side. I said I felt City would struggle again. They can get out that group but its gonna require some really class away performances, all those away games are gonna be difficult. You need to beat teams at home, and get draws away. City can do it but it will be even harder than last year for them. Problem is, City play Madrid away first game and dortmund play ajax at home. It could set the tone early on. If they get beaten there in the first game and Dortmund win, its uphill from there.
Dortmund and Madrid go through. City gets screwed again in a tough group with superior outfits
I think City can survive this group, Real obviously being the favorite. We have the weapons to make it, just our defensive depth that concerns me, and everyone one in every league is keeping one eye in us so we'll rise to the occasion. CTID!
Great group should be interesting to watch!
Yep. Man city in group of death
I vote despite losing Kagawa, Dortmund can pull it out and move on. Real Madrid and Dortmund to get out of the Group.
Lose Kagawa and gain Reus. Dortmund is still so stacked in the midfield they don't start Gotze.
Should be very interesting to watch, I say Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund make it out alive.
Man Utd in another easy group? Typical Group D will be interesting to see
I love comments like this. United another easy group. United get a ease group because of the pot they are in to start with. But even as a red I know when we have an easy group we always make hard work of it. As for City it will be hard from them to get out this group but you have to play the best teams at some point and what better way to do it than in the early rounds. City have the Squad to get out the group but they need to adapt a new style of football in the Champions league and it all depends on how quickly they pick that up depends if they can become a successful team in it or not. As for Liverpool o no sorry they are not in it. ;p
@Freeduck, wow 2 years on the trot. KONSPIRIACY!!11one1. You just concentrate on struggling to beat Hearts :)
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