Another interesting round of Champions League action is in the books. Hence, it is time to revisit my predictions. I clearly fell for Jose Mourinho when he said this was the best CSKA Moscow team he had ever faced. It’s also clear, that Group G is going to prove tricky for a lot of people to predict. Time to tally up.
Real Madrid won for the first time at Borussia Dortmund, triumphing 3-1 in an entertaining game. For the neutral, the game lived up to both — its history and its hype. It has to be said, Peter Bosz’s tactical naivety was exposed, as predicted by ESPN’s Stefan Buczko. It was no surprise to see Real’s class and calmness come to the fore, as hinted by the excellent Graham Hunter. My pick for this game on the other hand, was a bit naive.
There were some excellent performances from the men in white, rather less so for the home team. Here are the ratings for all the players on the Through Ball.
Matchday 2 of the Champions League is almost upon us, hence it’s time for me to write down my picks. I can’t wait for this round to get started. We have some stellar games to follow including:
- Borussia Dortmund vs Real Madrid
- Monaco vs Porto
- Besiktas vs RB Leipzig
- Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea
- Paris Saint-Germain vs Bayern Munich
- Sporting vs Barcelona
- CSKA Moscow vs Manchester United
With these games and other great action around the continent, its another difficult round of predictions. The following are my picks for all 16 matches.
Time to check in and see how I did on my first stab at predictions for the Champions League. First, let’s compare the predictions and results in the table below. Then we’ll tally up the correct results and accurate scores to see my points total.
I had the privilege of talking to Eduardo Alvarez on the podcast again earlier today. Eduardo is a real football intellectual and discussing the beautiful game with him is a true pleasure. My intention was to run through the Champions League groups quickly just after they were drawn, but we managed to go deeper with our analysis while enjoying some natural tangents along the way.
I genuinely enjoyed this episode as we predicted who will get out of the groups, while Eduardo also provided his expert opinion on the new La Liga season. Have a listen and enjoy a great episode of the Football Podcast with Wasim Parkar.Embed from Getty Images
As most of you know in the midst of last season, I launched a dream project that I have wanted to do for so long – my own football podcast! Launching in the middle of the season ensured that I had the liberty to try many different things with the podcast while enabling me to learn a lot about the processes of a podcast. I still have a lot to learn and by no means is the podcast perfect. However, with the launch of the new European season only a matter of days away, I am excited to resume the podcast. There is only one benchmark that I am going to use this season – consistency of releasing episodes. I want 2017/18 to be remembered not only for being a great football season, but also a campaign where the Football Podcast with Wasim Parkar provided great analysis and perspective that is genuinely unique and insightful.
With that being said, I have released a short tease of an episode for all of you, outlining my goals and vision for the podcast this season.
Mina Rzouki joins the podcast to talk about Juve’s successful season and look ahead to the big Champions League final in Cardiff. Mina and Wasim also reflect on the Serie A in general and revel in Crotone’s remarkable escape from relegation.
Real vs Juve and United vs Ajax are two European finals that have Wasim foaming at the mouth. Wasim also looks ahead to the weekend, where champions can be crowned all across Europe.Embed from Getty Images
Instant reaction to the draw for the Champions League and Europa league semi finals and Wasim also previews the FA Cup semi finals.Embed from Getty Images