Monday, December 10, 2012

Champions League - Match ups we want to see

So we have slogged through the group stages of the Champions League and are finally ready for the real competition to start. Don't get me started on the fact the whole thing needs to change, especially now that the Europa League might get dissolved. Sorry but I think things were better when there were three cup competitions and the CHAMPIONS of the domestic leagues played for the Champions League title! It also made, the then, UEFA cup mean something. But I digress...will rant about that in an another post.

We know the winners and runner ups and can start making wishes for the match ups we would want to see.

Interesting potential match ups -

PSG v Arsenal. Much has been rumored about Wenger and his connection with the PSG leadership. Could it be a try out for the future manager for PSG?

Celtic v Manchester United. Now that would be a tasty tie...SAF anyone?

Bayern v Real Madrid. Talk about a heavy weight battle.

Of course I have a rooting interest for PSG, so here are the teams I would not mind drawing:
Shaktar and Celtic

Teams I want to avoid: Really all the other teams!

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
France Paris Saint-Germain 6 5 0 1 14 3 +11 15
Portugal Porto 6 4 1 1 10 4 +6 13
Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv 6 1 2 3 6 10 −4 5
Croatia Dinamo Zagreb 6 0 1 5 1 14 −13 1
  DZ DK PSG POR
Dinamo Zagreb 1–1 0–2 0–2
Dynamo Kyiv 2–0 0–2 0–0
Paris Saint-Germain 4–0 4–1 2–1
Porto 3–0 3–2 1–0

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany Schalke 04 6 3 3 0 10 6 +4 12
England Arsenal 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 10
Greece Olympiacos 6 3 0 3 9 9 0 9
France Montpellier 6 0 2 4 6 12 −6 2
  ARS MNP OLY SCH
Arsenal 2–0 3–1 0–2
Montpellier 1–2 1–2 1–1
Olympiacos 2–1 3–1 1–2
Schalke 04 2–2 2–2 1–0

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Málaga 6 3 3 0 12 5 +7 12
Italy Milan 6 2 2 2 7 6 +1 8
Russia Zenit St. Petersburg 6 2 1 3 6 9 −3 7
Belgium Anderlecht 6 1 2 3 4 9 −5 5
  AND MAL MIL ZEN
Anderlecht 0–3 1–3 1–0
Málaga 2–2 1–0 3–0
Milan 0–0 1–1 0–1
Zenit St. Petersburg 1–0 2–2 2–3

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany Borussia Dortmund 6 4 2 0 11 5 +6 14
Spain Real Madrid 6 3 2 1 15 9 +6 11
Netherlands Ajax 6 1 1 4 8 16 −8 4
England Manchester City 6 0 3 3 7 11 −4 3
  AJX DOR MC RM
Ajax 1–4 3–1 1–4
Borussia Dortmund 1–0 1–0 2–1
Manchester City 2–2 1–1 1–1
Real Madrid 4–1 2–2 3–2

Group E

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Italy Juventus 6 3 3 0 12 4 +8 12
Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 6 3 1 2 12 8 +4 10
England Chelsea 6 3 1 2 16 10 +6 10
Denmark Nordsjælland 6 0 1 5 4 22 −18 1
  CHL JUV NSJ SHK
Chelsea 2–2 6–1 3–2
Juventus 3–0 4–0 1–1
Nordsjælland 0–4 1–1 2–5
Shakhtar Donetsk 2–1 0–1 2–0

Group F

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany Bayern Munich 6 4 1 1 15 7 +8 13
Spain Valencia 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 13
Belarus BATE Borisov 6 2 0 4 9 15 −6 6
France Lille 6 1 0 5 4 13 −9 3
  BTE BAY LIL VAL
BATE Borisov 3–1 0–2 0–3
Bayern Munich 4–1 6–1 2–1
Lille 1–3 0–1 0–1
Valencia 4–2 1–1 2–0

Group G

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Spain Barcelona 6 4 1 1 11 5 +6 13
Scotland Celtic 6 3 1 2 9 8 +1 10
Portugal Benfica 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8
Russia Spartak Moscow 6 1 0 5 7 14 −7 3
  BAR BEN CEL SM
Barcelona 0–0 2–1 3–2
Benfica 0–2 2–1 2–0
Celtic 2–1 0–0 2–1
Spartak Moscow 0–3 2–1 2–3

Group H

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
England Manchester United 6 4 0 2 9 6 +3 12
Turkey Galatasaray 6 3 1 2 7 6 +1 10
Romania CFR Cluj 6 3 1 2 9 7 +2 10
Portugal Braga 6 1 0 5 7 13 −6 3
  BRA CFR GAL MU
Braga 0–2 1–2 1–3
CFR Cluj 3–1 1–3 1–2
Galatasaray 0–2 1–1 1–0
Manchester United 3–2 0–1 1–0




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