OT: 2018-19 UEFA Champions League Group Stage Thread

UCL group stage draw is set. Some really strong groups that will be very difficuly to qualify from, some groups where the fight for second will be very tough, and one group where you might as well flip a bunch of coins like I did to make predictions. You can probably guess which one. My picks below in bold.

Group A: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Brugge

Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham, PSV Eindhoven, Inter

Group C: Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, Liverpool, Red Star Belgrade

Group D: Lokomotiv Moscow, Porto, Schalke, Galatasaray

Group E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athens

Group F: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Hoffenheim

Group G: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen

Group H: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys

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Group D seems to be a joke honestly; LFC got a tough draw, in spite of the draw:

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"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

Will be interesting to see Napoli under an accomplished manager like Ancelotti. Should make for some entertaining group stage matches though.

Chem PhD '16

Atletico/monaco (not sold on dortmund)
Barca and Tottenham
PSG and Liverpool (FFS if city get liverpool in the knockouts again...)
Schalke and Porto
Bayern and bleh
Manchester city and Shakhtar
Real and Roma
Juventus and depending on the manager situation possibly valencia

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

Much better than last year's draw for Real Madrid, we got a group of death last year. Liverpool got a tough draw this time.

H and C are real tough. B is maybe going to be tough, depends on whether Inter is really ready for CL football.

Group A: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Brugge

Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham, PSV Eindhoven, Inter

Group C: Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, Liverpool, Red Star Belgrade

Group D: Lokomotiv Moscow, Porto,Schalke, Galatasaray

Group E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athens

Group F: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Hoffenheim

Group G: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen

Group H: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys

United should be able to make it through, but I just don't buy us doing it.

I have no idea why my username is VT_Warthog.

Arkansas blew a 24-0 lead in the Belk Bowl.

Liverpool got the tough draw as most thought they might being in pot 3 is always dangerous. Tottenham could have a tricky group stage as well if inter ever sort themselves out which is possible but thus far theyve been awful. United actually could be out in the group stages if mou doesnt get it straight soon valencia can be last years sevilla.

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

Spurs collapse in the last five minutes to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against Inter due to a spectacular goal by Mauro Icardi

Meanwhile, Barcelona have a man sent off at 3-0 and still score another to make it 4-0 against PSV. Perhaps they should play with 10 men to make it more fair.

Liverpool score in injury time to beat PSG 3-2 in a scintillating game. What a start to this years competition.

I could be overly optimistic after that first match Kop, but I honestly think we have what it takes to go the distance. The Gegenpress sucked the life out of Neymar, I honestly asked myself at one point if he had been substituted for someone else. I'm trying my best to temper my expectations for this campaign, but with each win it's becoming harder to contain my excitement. "We're never going to stop/From Paris down to Turkey..." #Allez

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

Dont get me wrong, yall are really good, but let's not act like psg is Barca or something. This is a team that regularly flops on the big stage.

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

I get ya Esh, and I think this upcoming schedule will really show us how good we are. This stretch of games was always going to be difficult. I feel like we will prove to ourselves if we're ready for some silverware or not. Totty, PSG, 2 against Chelsea, Napoli, and then Man City is a gauntlet. So all I'm saying is 2 games in I'm feeling really good about our chances this season.

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

Yeah if you can get out of that with a good record you're already competing. Certainly off to a good start. Still think the title race is a 2 horse race this year between city and liverpool

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

Completely agree! The ability for MC to still complete even with a major injury like DeBruyne is nuts! Their depth is insane! Looking forward to seeing how that 2 horse race goes, hopefully it's from now until May instead of being over by Christmas break LOL. On a side note, thanks for all the weather updates, we're out west, and it was nice to be in the loop of what's going on back east.

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

I wouldn't sleep on Chelsea and think they could make things interesting. All it takes is a head-to-head result among the contenders here or there and then dunking on the teams they should beat.

Chem PhD '16

Personally I think the Blues are a little bit of a paper tiger. I'll eat my words if I'm wrong, but I just feel like they've played average competition. Arsenal and MU aren't anywhere near as competitive as they've been historically, so I just don't see it. Mata is a beast, but I just don't see it. Guess LFC will see with the upcoming 2 matches after Southampton

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

Right, but points dropped against Arsenal and Manchester United would have been perfectly explainable with the reasoning below from eshiben. All I'm saying is that Chelsea has a first XI that's incredibly talented and they already have some points banked against top-6 clubs.

I'm not saying that Chelsea are clear favorites or even clear contenders, just that based on the games so far I could see them in the hunt for a while.

Chem PhD '16

This debate is begging for a devoted EPL thread...I'll create it shortly. Hard to see Chelsea NOT finishing top 4 with the start they've had.

I think they're good, but thin and learning a new system. There will be some growing pains (see peps first year) and some results that just make your jaw drop (see Leicester in that same year)

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

Messi nets the hat trick versus PSV with three beautiful goals in a 4-0 win. Looking forward to this LFC-PSG match.

Another white bronco? The first one didn't go too far.

Watching Barca-PSV is like watching a team play an FCS team, it's hardly worth watching unless you hear it's close late in the game. The Eredivisie is such a far cry from where it used to be in regards to European relevance. Some really historic clubs in that league too, but they just didn't catch the right deals of the money influx into European football.

Already hate the turner cable coverage of the league I love messi as much as the next guy but why the hell not show Tottenham vs inter. I ain't paying for their b/r live the price is absurd so I guess I'll only watch what's on TNT

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

I think I read somewhere they've cut it from 148 games that would be shown on FS1/2, to 48 games. Just sad how much exposure UEFA will be losing, makes you wonder why they went with that contract?

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

I have basic cable (Comcast) and I got two games on TNT yesterday as well as two games on Galavision (en espanol) as well (1pm and 3pm ET kickoffs). Same thing today, so that's 8 games each matchday. So I think that 48 number is accurate over the group stages...now if they do the same thing through each matchday in the knockout stage then I think it'll be close to 75 games, so not 148 like last year but not terrible. There's also always the reddit streams where you can probably watch any match you'd like to see.

Just sucks going from what fox offered to this new platform I don't mind the talk show guys but it feels weird getting talked to by Steve Nash and Stu holden maybe I'm getting old and grouchy I dunno. Also having a single commentator is off for me otherwise it's just a guy talking to himself about a game I guess nbc spoils us with their PL coverage

Directions from Blacksburg to whoville, go north till you smell it then go east until you step in it

MC will probably still get through, but didn't expect this outcome against Lyon

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

No pep all week, and arteta showed why he doesnt have a management position. We came out flat. Hes clearly intelligent and understands the game given his adjustments but a slow start smells of poor preparation

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

I mean it surely proves that on-field talent still requires good coaching from the sidelines.

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

Absolutely. The lineup was completely wrong for this game though. Mikel deserves some serious blame

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

Because everyone else is talking about it...

That was a straight up garbage red card to Ronaldo. Its a good thing that Juve went on to win 2-0, because you wouldn't want to see the controversy coming out of a swing because of that kind of call.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

Really hope they remove additional game suspensions for that red card, absolutely nowhere close to a red.

Your not allowed to make contact with a player in that manner, regardless of whether it's a tap or a full on blow. He's in the wrong and he let his emotions get the best of him. By rule it's a red card, even if it was a over-the-top decision based on the video angles I've seen. He brushed the back of his head, thus made contact. UEFA is going to back their refs.

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]

There is no way that red stands. Viewership will be way less if Ronaldo is out.

UEFA will not rescind it, because of who Ronaldo is, they overturn it, the entire world will cry foul and preferential treatment.

"...I'm getting a little tired of hearing how good everybody else is..." -Coach Fu [This week: 1-0]