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UEFA Champions League 2019-2020

Discussion in 'Uefa Champions League & Europa League' started by The only Greek here, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. c.bland96

    c.bland96 Registered User

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    Draw for the play offs to make the Group Stage been made;

    Dinamo (Croatia) or Ferencvaros (Hungary) v Maribor (Slovenia) or Rosenborg (Norway)

    Celtic or Cluj (Romania) v Slavia Prague (Czech Republic)

    Young Boys (Switzerland) v Red Star Belgrade (Serbia) or Copenhagen (Denmark)

    APOEL (Cyprus) or Qarabag (Azerbaijan) v PAOK (Greece) or Ajax (Netherlands)

    Basel (Switzerland) or LASK (Austria) v Bruges (Belgium) or Dinamo Kiev (Ukraine)

    Istanbul Basaksehir (Turkey) or Olympiakos (Greece) v Krasnodar (Russia) or Porto (Portugal)
     
  2. The only Greek here

    The only Greek here Registered User

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    Olympiacos escaped with an away 1-0 win against Basaksehir, saving a late penalty.

    PAOK got a shocking draw against Ajax, which has sold many key players, like De Ligt and De Jong.
     
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    FC Porto looking likely to get dumped out, and Celtic also out as it stands.

    Ajax could still go out already too... :eeek
     
  4. Super_horns

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    Porto out and Celtic heading that way on away goals .

    Ajax pretty comfortable .
     
  5. StillHurts31

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    Celtic going out here would be awful for them, major surgery needed on that squad. Should still comfortably win the league but it's almost like their season would be over by mid August.
     
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    Bottle job from Celtic that..nothing without Brendan.
     
  7. MrE

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    Conceding 4 goals at home to Cluj... piss poor.

    Of course getting to the group stage is the aim and a big deal both financially and just for a bit of prestige.

    But Last I remember from 2 seasons back they entered the groups and were made to look pretty silly. Where is the ambition in that? Better to try and get through to the Europa League knockout rounds and see how far you can go.
     
  8. DeadlyDemon

    DeadlyDemon Spurs optimist

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    Disappointing for Celtic, really poor for Porto to go out at home too. The latter means Benfica are now in pot 2 in the group stage so extra sweet on their part.

    I expect Ajax will overcome APOEL to take that final spot in pot 2.

    Pot 1: Liverpool, Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus, Bayern Munich, PSG, Zenit St Petersburg
    Pot 2: Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli, Shakhtar Donetsk, Spurs, Benfica, Ajax (or Lyon).

    Other two pots a bit more reliant on who wins the qualifiers, some tough ones to call.
     
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    Krasnodar beats Porto
    Seems like it's a fairytale

    FYI, Krasnodar is a russian club whose owner invested a lot of money to an youth academy and stadium. That's the first time they are in the Champions League qualification and they've missed ALL KEY midfielders (Pereyra and Kabore leaved the club after season 18/19, Gazinskiy had a 6-8 month injury).

    Krasnodar lost their home match against Porto 0:1 (such a sadly to concede the goal on 89' after free kick) and started with 3:0 up after 35 minutes on Dragao
    After that Krasnodar got a big pressure by Porto and home team scored twice
    Porto just one goal to score for entering for the next stage... But Krasnodar is up and move on the play-off round against Olympiakos

    If Krasnodar will beat the Greek, the first time there're 3 russian teams in Champions League group stage will happen

    Russian Leagues is becoming more and more stronger :)
     
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    Krasnodar beating Porto isn't a huge shock. They have a shit ton of money and have invested it well. That said, I didn't expect FK to come back and do them in Portugal after losing in Russia.

    The Russian League is really good, I used to live in Krasnodar and watched Kuban. Good standard, good crowds, good atmosphere as well.

    On another note, Celtic :laugh: always enjoy seeing them **** up the qualifiers.
     
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    My God, these boys are incredible.

    Only 1-1 at home against Kopenhagen, and then having to play with 10 men away for an hour.

    One of the most dramatic penalty shootouts ever, 11 taken on each side. And our goalkeeper Borjan saved three. First when they had a chance to lead after four pens each, second when they had a match ball (they wasted another one later), and the third save on Kopenhagen's final kick to send us to the CL playoffs.

    Whatever happens against Young Boys, we have guaranteed ourselves European football for a third straight season, having suffered a ten year drought just before it.

    Amazing improvement...


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    Season over for Celtic, then.

    Heh.
     
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    Krasnodar are a good example of how smaller teams in Russia can be a success. A privately run club with a wealthy owner who has invested in a superb academy which is now producing talent such as Shapi Suleymanov, Ignatiev and Safonov. Someone the likes of Rostov, Rubin Kazan can aspire to be like in the future if they can attract private investment. Very happy for them, amazing to think Krasnodar didnt exist when Porto won the CL in 2004.

    As for Porto, surprised they lost to Krasnodar but in the first leg they didnt overwhelm Krasnodar despite having a 1 0 lead. Always felt Krasnodar had a chance against them. The sales of Militao, Felipe and Herrera have hugely impacted them i think.

    Hard luck on PAOK against Ajax.
     
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    Major mess up for Celtic, but I can't feel sorry, it helps Romania.
    Ajax qualified quite disgracefully.
     
  15. The only Greek here

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    Cluj humiliated Celtic! (told you it was possible @max1921 )

    Krasnodar completely suprised Porto, hoped Olympiacos would get a nice reality check against Porto, but now it will be equal!

    Suprised PAOK put pressure on Ajax! There's an ongoing joke there about how PAOK has never reached the Champions League Group Stages in their history!
     
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    APOEL hold Ajax too!

    Possession was 72-28, but I was expecting Ajax to thrash them! Hope they complete the miracle in Amsterdam, like PAOK almost did, because they are actually very underrated, because of the low quality of their age (which they've won 9 times in the past 11 years).

    They regularly make the Group Stages of the Champions League, where they get results and they've reached the Quarterfinals, as well!
     
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    Krasnodar recently bought Rémy Cabella from Saint-Etienne. Both the player and club were over the moon at the money thrown in regarding Cabella's wage and the transfer fee. Too good to turn down.

    The tie against Olympiakos suddenly looks more interesting. May give it a watch.
     
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    DeadlyDemon Spurs optimist

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    Bit easy for Olympiakos in the end.
     
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    Olympiacos humiliated Krasnodar! The last minutes were so action-packed!

    Thinking about it, it may be good to have a Greek team in the Group Stages, so I might support them a bit in Europe...
     
  20. Philip The Frog

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    Would take a big PSG/Barca for Greece not to have a representative in the CL group stage! Didn't watch the game in the end but surprised to see Olympiakos waltz through them like that. Expected more from Krasnodar.
     
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