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Analysis complete: Barca and United may fail to qualify, easy for Chelsea and Madrid pressure on PSG

The much anticipated UEFA draw has been held and fate has decide who each club faces in the nextfewweeks. To some clubs, it more of a formality as the group fate gave them seem quite easy and could book their ticket to the round of 16 effortlessly. However the draw has presented a dilemma to some clubs with their coaches left scratching their heads figuring out how to traverse their way to the next round. Will defending champions, Chelsea the Blues lift the trophy once again? Is star-studded Paris Saint-Germain ready to win this year? Will Guadiola finally lay his hands on the trophy this season? This and many other salient questions is what the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League would begin to answer in the next few weeks. However we come your way today with analysis of all the groups and potential qualifying teams, and without further ado let begin with Group A.


Group A( Man City, PSG, LEIPZIG, CLUB BRUGGE)

This may not be one of the expectant groups in the competition and to many, it's a formality for PSG and Man City, who clearly look favourites on paper in the group. Manchester City are very desperate to win the competition this season after the defeat in the finals at Dragao last season. Meanwhile Nasser Al Khelaifi would be expecting nothing short of the UEFA trophy after his mammoth investment this summer. Therefore both club will be looking forward to doing everything possible to progress and Leipzig and Club Brugge may not be able to stand in their way. Leipzig is clearly not formidable like they were last season after cashing in some of the stars like Upamecano and Konate. 

Conclusion: PSG(1st), Man City(2nd).


Group B ( Liverpool, Athletico Madrid, AC Milan, Porto)

This has been described as the group of death and very difficult to predict the teams who can keep their heads out of the water. On paper Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool is somewhat favourites to progress considering their European calibre. The team to join them would be either Athletico or AC Milan. Stefan Pioli's AC Milan have made some decent signings and would be looking forward to making a big statement as they mark their return to the Champions since 2014. Their desperation could prove to be a big threat to Athletico Madrid's qualification. FC Porto cannot be ruled out as well, but they have a slim chance of progressing. 

Conclusion: Liverpool (1st), AC Milan (2nd)


Group C ( Sporting CP, Dortmund, Ajax, Besiktas)

Group C is one of the groups that would get meagre attention and it's anticipated Haaland's Dortmund and Eredivisie giants, Ajax would make it to the next round. 

Conclusion: Ajax(1st), Dortmund (2nd).


Group D (Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Shakter Donetsk, Sheriff)

With the exception of Moldovan club,Sheriff, the rest of the clubs in this group are familiar foes and were in the same group last season alongside Monchenglabach. Inter Milan and Shakter failed to progress last season but the result is expected to be different this time around. Despite losing Lukaku Inter have made some decent signings that could prove beneficial, meanwhile Real Madrid are also formidable and if Mbappe's deal push through, they will indeed be a force to reckon with. Shakter cannot be ruled out as well but Sheriff stands absolutely no chance of qualification. 

Conclusion: Real Madrid (1st), Inter Milan (2nd)


Group E ( Bayern, Barcelona, Benfica, Dynamo Kyiv.

This group is obviously going to be a tough one but German giants, Bayern Munich are clear favourites to top the group. They haven't been outstanding under their new manager, Julian Nagelsmann but it quite unlikely Barcelona, Benfica and Kyiv would impede their qualification. Meanwhile Barcelona have been a pale shadow of themselves following the departure of Lionel Messi to PSG. Their second La Liga game against Athletico Bilbao was nothing to write home about and if that game is anything to go by, then a qualification to the round of 16 would be difficult. Rejuvenated Portuguese outfit, Benfica have a good team and have started their season on a magnificent note, therefore they stand a chance of qualifying, however there is a zero chance for Dynamo Kyiv. 

Conclusion: Bayern (1st), Benfica( 2nd)


Group F ( Villarrael, Man United, Atalanta, Young Boys)

A keen competition is expected in this group and Manchester United would be looking forward to taking vengeance on one of their bitter foes, Villarrael, following their Europa league finals defeat against the Spanish club. However the Red devils must watch out for Atalanta as well. They are known for causing upset to big teams and any little underestimation on the part of United may cause doom. Swiss outfit, Young Boys stands slim chance of qualifying but similarly very much capable of causing upset to big clubs.

Conclusion: Villarrael(1st), Atalanta (2nd)


Group G ( Lille, Sevilla, Salzburg, Wolfsburg)

Just like Group C, this group wouldn't also receive much attention but would be quite competitive since all the clubs look evenly formidable. 

Conclusion: Sevilla (1st), Wolfsburg (2nd)


Group H (Chelsea, Juventus, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Malmo).

Arguably this group is one with the most attention and reigning Champions, Chelsea is expected to top the group with ease. Juventus is likely to overpower Zenit and Malmo to book their tickets to the next round despite the departure of their talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Conclusion: Chelsea (1st), Juventus (2nd).

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