The draw has been made, and for the first time in the history of the Champions League, we are seeing five teams from the same country – Spain. This season, in order to make the group stages more competitive, there has been changes made to the seeding of the teams for the group stage draw, which has led to some really interesting group stage fixtures! So, let’s take a look at how the groups would finish at the end of matchday 6 of the group stage, who would be heading into the knockout stages or who might be heading into the Europa League.
A special mention to FC Astana, Borussia Mönchengladbach and K.A.A. Gent who are making their Champions League debut.
Group A: Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Real Madrid C.F., FC Shaktar Donetsk, Malmo FF
A group that includes two European powerhouses, it’s a fairly straight forward group. With their world class squad, Real Madrid will easily be topping the group with PSG finishing second. Given both squads, it’s a foregone conclusion. Shaktar Donetsk, who were the winners of the Europa League, should be able to claim points against Malmo, finish 3rd and thus enter the Europa League.
The clash between Real Madrid and PSG will be interesting and an emotional one for Angel di Maria who loved Madrid. Real should easily win at home and while PSG would be slight favourites at their home, it would most likely end as a draw. Both of these teams should easily get full points against the other two teams. Malmo is most likely to take a point at home against Shaktar Donetsk.