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UCL Preview: Atalanta vs Valencia

Every year in the Champions League, there are one or two teams that are always the most sought after draws. Invariably they are teams that manage to score an upset or two in the Group Stage or maybe finished second place on goal difference, perhaps? With all due respect, Valencia and Atalanta are two of these “preferred draws” but they both have certain qualities that could pose a challenge for other teams. Thankfully for both, they face each other in the Round of 16.

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UCL Group H: What To Expect

In the most wide open group of this Champions League campaign, drawing a favourite from the teams is nigh on impossible as each team has separate advantages and drawbacks to them. All have a fine balance of both youth and experience and, with that, all have reasons why each team could progress and just as many reasons as to why they could not.

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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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UCL Group D: What To Expect

There aren’t many big clubs in the world that would look at a 33 year old and consider them to be the missing piece of their attack. There are even fewer that would look at a 33 year old, sign them to a four year contract whilst paying €100 million to acquire their services. Juventus, though, are that team. The Champions League has evaded them for too long and so Cristiano Ronaldo is that guy. Mr Champions League. The only problem though, is that both Atlético Madrid and Bayer Leverkusen have their own icons; the difference there is that these icons are at the start of their careers. But where does that leave Lokomotiv Moscow?

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