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