European Football Powers Dominating Weaklings in Champions League
If you were expecting some surprises in the Champions League you have probably been disappointed. The European football powers have been dominating the weaklings in the Champions League. There is a still a big difference between teams like Barcelona, Manchester United, Chelsea, AC Milan, etc. and those like Genk, FC Porto, Villarreal and others.
In recent Champions League action it was Chelsea routing Genk 5-0 led by Fernando Torres who scored twice in the first half. That win was the biggest for Chelsea in the Champions League since 1999. "We were happy to score very early," Chelsea manager Andres Villas-Boas said, "That put us in a very comfortable position. In a game that everyone expects you to win surprises can happen but we were able to keep our concentration and get a good result." Chelsea leads Group E by one point over Bayer Leverkusen.
AC Milan and Barcelona got convincing wins last week as Milan beat BATE Borisov 2-0 while Barcelona defeated Viktoria Plzen 2-0. Both AC Milan and Barcelona are pretty much guaranteed to advance from Group H but which team finishes first is still up for grabs. "It was an important win tonight to help with qualification, we still need points but our aim is to be playing Barcelona for first place, that would be an important result for the subsequent draw," Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri said about his teamís win.
Even a team like Arsenal, who is really having problems in the Premier League is good enough to beat poor teams in the Champions League. They got a 1-0 win over Marseille last time out. Arsenal is one point ahead of Marseille in Group F and three points clear of Olympiakos. "There was a bit of luck, of course, but the three points are very welcome, even though it was very difficult to swallow for Marseille." Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said about his teamís win.
Looking at the Champions League standings in sports betting we find that Group A is quite a battle between Bayern Munich, Napoli and Manchester City. Group B is led by Inter Milan, Group C is led by SL Benfica with Manchester United two points back, Real Madrid is in control of Group D, Chelsea leads Group E, Arsenal leads Group F, APOEL FC leads a wide open Group G, while AC Milan and Barcelona lead Group H.