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Seems I am the least lazy making the thread this year. this year all teams succeded in the qualification. So we got 6 teams in competition.

UCL

Group C

AS Roma
Chelsea FC
Club Atlético de Madrid
Qarabağ FK

Roma could potentially beat both Chelsea and Madrid. all three tough as nails teams. But Roma in europe has been mostly a long story of failure.

Group D

FC Barcelona
Juventus
Olympiacos FC
Sporting Clube de Portugal

its just a question of who will end up at first place. Juve have more than a fair shot as Barcelone is in a mini-crisis

Group F

FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Feyenoord
Manchester City FC
SSC Napoli

Napoli toyed with Nice in qualification. they should progress and there is even a small chance they might topple Manchester Cash

Euro League

Group D

Milan (ITA)
Austria Wien (AUT)
Rijeka (CRO)
AEK (GRE)

Comfortable group for us, even if AEK is possible the best pot 4 team.

Group E
Lyon (FRA)
Everton (ENG)
Atalanta (ITA)
Apollon (CYP)

Atalanta is screwed. Even if they could pimp Lyon.

Group K

Lazio (ITA)
Nice (FRA)
Zulte Waregem (BEL)
Vitesse (NED)

Lazio should progress, but just about difficult enough that they could fail if no focus is put on it.
 

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Expected with Juve's opponents and their current woes at midfield and rb
yeah, the defeat of Juventus was predictable, for many reasons, and so was predictable that Roma could suffer with Atletico Madrid, but the defeat of Napoli is disappointing.
My prediction for today is a win for Milan on Austria Wien and a defeat for Atalanta to Everton. Not sure about Lazio at Arnhem. Lazio in European competitions have often underperformed.
 

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Brilliant idea to exclude Lichsteiner from the CL list. Sturaro played RB and made an assist.. to Rakitic.

Roma won't go through. I even have a funny feeling regarding their game in Azerbaijan next.. anyway the squads and coaches of Atletico and Chelsea are simply better so no shame in not qualifying.

juve will probably put 6 or 7 against Olympiacos. They did beat them 7-0 before...
 

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a defeat for Atalanta to Everton.
I will go with a scoring draw. 1-1 or 2-2. Atalanta will be up for this and still have decent players upfront.
 

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Atalanta convincingly beat a strangely lethargic Everton team 3:0, scoring all the goals in the first half.

While Roma were outplayed by Athletico, the draw was not lucky because Roma defended well and Alisson was outstanding, meanwhile at the other end Roma was denied a penalty-kick after a blatant handball inside the Athletico penalty area.
 

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Atalanta convincingly beat a strangely lethargic Everton team 3:0, scoring all the goals in the first half.
Impressive performance for Atalanta. Unpredictable.

While Roma were outplayed by Athletico, the draw was not lucky because Roma defended well and Alisson was outstanding, meanwhile at the other end Roma was denied a penalty-kick after a blatant handball inside the Athletico penalty area.
Yeah, we could pretend that luck doesn't exist at all and life is a series of probability. :D
 

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Why was Atalanta-Everton played at Sassuolo's Mapei stadium rather than in Bergamo?
Atalanta are playing their European home fixtures at the Mapei Stadium in Reggio-Emilia, as the Stadio Azzurri d’Italia in Bergamo does not meet UEFA requirements.
 

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Serie A actually rose past Bundesliga in the UEFA rankings, for one day at least...

Not that it makes difference, of course, getting the fourth CL spot through corruption was much easier.
 

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Serie A actually rose past Bundesliga in the UEFA rankings, for one day at least...

Not that it makes difference, of course, getting the fourth CL spot through corruption was much easier.
Read that if we don't get less points than PL this season, we will go past them as well.
 

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Read that if we don't get less points than PL this season, we will go past them as well.
That's pretty unlikely, though, looks like PL teams are quite strong this season. All five are likely to get to the playoffs in CL and Arsenal will go far in EL.

But with Lazio winning, it's four out of four this week. Not bad at all.
 

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Sarri: "Napoli, do not be afraid. I want 11 facce di cazzo!". He could have said "lyons", but Sarri has clearly crossed the line of decency the day he called Mancini "finocchio" and he is not coming back. He is clearly affected by coprolalia.
 

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Always stay this stylish, Sarri.

I think this is the strongest post-Maradona Napoli so far, but this game will be too much. Pep has finally got City playing his kind of football and Napoli will have huge problems surviving their tempo. An early Napoli goal could rattle them a bit, though, so it's indeed important to be brave and try to take the game in their own hands.
 
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