The 2018-19 Champions League group stage – The Halfway Point

With 3 games played and 3 to go, here’s a look at the 2018-19 Champions League group stage so far.

Group A

Borussia Dortmund 9, Atlético Madrid 6, Club Brugge 1, Monaco 1

Are Dortmund the most exciting team in Europe right now? Jadon Sancho and co are absolutely cruising through what looked like a difficult Group A, with 8 goals scored and 0 conceded. Atlético should still go through in second place but Wednesday’s 4-0 thrashing by Dortmund will give them cause for concern.

Group B

Barcelona 9, Inter Milan 6, Tottenham 1, PSV Eindhoven 1

Are Tottenham heading for an early exit in the Champions League group stage? Manager Mauricio Pochettino fears so, after a disappointing 2-2 draw away at PSV. Spurs must now beat both PSV and Inter at Wembley to stand any chance of progressing.

Group C

Liverpool 6, Napoli 5, PSG 4, Red Star Belgrade 1

Jürgen Klopp’s team are coping admirably in this year’s Group of Death. They sit top of the table for now, after PSG and Napoli shared the points on Wednesday. Liverpool do, however, have 3 huge games ahead of them, including a tricky trip to Paris.

Group D

FC Porto 7, Schalke 5, Galatasaray 4, Lokomotiv Moscow 0

As expected, it’s Porto who lead this intriguing group without a European ‘giant’. They pulled off a brilliant 3-1 win away in Russia and they don’t travel to Turkey until the final week. By then, the Portuguese champions should have things wrapped up.

Group E

Ajax 7, Bayern Munich 7, Benfica 3, AEK Athens 0

Niko Kovač’s aging Bayern side are struggling in the Bundesliga this season but they should have enough quality to get through the Champions League group stage. In contrast, table toppers Ajax have a nice blend of youth and experience, with highly-rated duo Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong playing alongside Daley Blind and Lasse Schöne.

Group F

Manchester City 6, Lyon 5, TSG Hoffenheim 2, Shakhtar Donetsk 2

Pep Guardiola’s team have recovered well after their surprising early slip-up at home to Lyon. David Silva has been the key player so far, and now his partner in crime, Kevin De Bruyne, is back by his side. One more win could be enough for City, especially if the other teams keep drawing with each other.

Group G

Roma 6, Real Madrid 6, CSKA Moscow 4, Viktoria Plzeň 1

Ronaldo-less Real Madrid are making heavy work of this seemingly straightforward Champions League group stage. They won this week, but Sergio Ramos and co still have trips to Plzeň and Rome ahead. For the Giallorossi, Edin Džeko is in sparkling European form, with 5 goals in his last 2 games.

Group H

Juventus 9, Manchester United 4, Valencia 2, Young Boys 1

On Tuesday night at Old Trafford, Juventus showed why they’re the favourites to win the Champions League this season. Manchester United were completely outclassed but fortunately for them, Valencia failed to capitalise. Their 1-1 draw with Young Boys means that José Mourinho’s men still have a decent chance of finishing second in Group H.

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