August will soon turn into September which means that the biggest Football leagues of Europe will start. One of them is the prestigious Champions League tournament. Last season Real Madrid defeated local rivals Atletico in the final and thus became the champions. This year we find Ronaldo and Real in Group F where they are drawn against Dortmund, Sporting Lissabon and Legia Warszawa. In this post you find the drawn groups and schedule for the group phase as well as dates for the play offs matches. The two best placed teams in each group advances to the playoffs.
Comment: PSG (without Zlatan Ibrahimovic who went to Manchester United) and Arsenal should be on top in this group.
Comment: A tough group to predict, but chances are the Italian teams (Benfica, Napoli) will have a good chance to advance.
Comment: Barcelona and Manchester City are the two strongest teams of group C.
Comment: Another group with two favourites: Bayern and 2016 finalist, Atletico (who actually met in the semifinals last season).
Comment: Group E is hard to predict. Maybe it is Tottenham’s turn to go far in the Champions League this year?
Comment: 2016 Champions League winners Real Madrid will win this group. But who do they take with them to the play offs?
Comment: An interesting group. It will be interesting to see how the 2016 Premier League winner Leicester will fare against European competition. In Sweden we hope that the only Scandinavian team (Copenhagen) will have some success in the tournament.
Comment: “The old lady” Juventus should be able to advance from group H. Maybe together with Spanish Sevilla.
Schedule, Champions League 2016-2017
13–14 September: match 1.
27–28 September: match 2.
18–19 October: match 3.
1–2 November: match 4.
22–23 November: match 5.
6–7 December: match 6.
14–15 February: Round of 16, match 1.
7–8 March: Round of 16, match 2.
11–12 April: Quarter final, match 1.
18–19 April: Quarter final, match 2.
2–3 May: Semi final, match 1.
9–10 May: Semi final, match 2.
3 june: Final in Cardiff.