Full-time Fletch… on the start of the Champions League

He added: “Our team is good, very young and we look to improve with every game.”


Between the 2006/07 and 2012/13 Premier League seasons, performances of teams finishing in fifth – eighth position improved at a faster rate than those in the top four, according to research using Prozone data. The Giallorossi outclassed Barcelona with a 4-1 scoreline on aggregate over two group stage matches. Juventus overhauled its squad in the summer following the departures of top players Carlos Tevez, Andrea Pirlo and Arturo Vidal – all of whom made the 10-man shortlist for the 2014/15 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award. It wasn’t a case of saying afterwards: “That’s handy, we’re out of that now”.

The Italian champions represent the first real test of this theory, though Juve at the moment are not quite looking at the same level as the side that ended last season so strongly, winning a fourth successive Serie A title and dumping Real Madrid out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage. I was absolutely distraught.

Big EarnersIn the past five editions (from 2009/2010 and including 2013/2014; excluding this years’ edition) seven firms have managed to take part in all of the editions.

For more info on this and other matches in the soccer 6 pools, go to the Soccer 6 website here. Jean-Francois Domergue, who is re sponsible for Uefa’s academy project, notes that “European teams are not developing players who go direct for goal”.

I doubt expectations are high among Manchester United fans about their overall prospects for the competition based on what they have seen so far.

According to statistical analysis from sports data company Stats, Arsenal are the least likely of the English clubs to win the Champions League this season. That’s what you are in the game for.

Said it last season and will say again, Premier League isn’t the league it was.

Nobody wants to lose but our teams will probably approach it by resting a few in the group stage and hope you get through anyway.

The early rounds are a distraction, for sure. With Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, Barcelona has the skill to dismantle almost any team it sees fit. All the nights in European football were really special. It is difficult to put your finger on why.

Maybe it is the habit of playing on a Saturday. Three of the Daily Telegraph’s sports writers pick the Blues as winners of this year’s competition, making them second favourites behind holders Barcelona. Sony’s partnership with the UEFA Champions League – the biggest club football competition on the planet, Americans – has been running for years now, but this season it’s decided to create a pretty nifty app for the PlayStation 4.


“I think he does know I’ve played there”.

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