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Far From Klassik

7 years ago, on a warm evening in West London, Bayern Munich won an all-German Champions League final against a team that finished second to them in virtually every competition that season. It was Bayern’s second trophy of what would go on to become a quintuple winning 2013. It was also the year that the rivalry between them and Borussia Dortmund really peaked.

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UCL Preview: Barcelona vs Napoli

Typically, progressing to the knockout stage of the Champions League is a sign that your club is headed in the right direction and things are fine. For both Napoli and Barcelona, it only delayed the inevitable. Both Carlo Ancelotti and Ernesto Valverde were sacked as a result of poor performance, disappointing standing in the league, bad football, any of the above, really. The usual reasons. Yet neither new manager really looks to be the person to take over for the long term. This is a match of two interims.

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UCL Group F: What To Expect

Every season of the Champions League has a Group of Death. This year, Group F takes that mantle. Of the four teams involved, it is safe to assume which one’s journey finishes in December. Barcelona, Dortmund and Inter all have talent amongst their squads and could understandably take up any combination of the group’s final standing. Barcelona have Messi but no real structure. Dortmund have structure but are lacking in defence. Inter have the defence but maybe not the right kind. One thing is for sure, Slavia Prague are going to have an eventful few months.

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