This article contains opinion.

 

The second and final part of the Champions League draw is here. The second part of groups includes groups E through H. Let’s kick things off.

 

Group E

The champions are here. 

Liverpool looks to defend its title in a rather easy draw. They come into the season with most of the same team from a season ago. 

The attack is led by Mo Salah and Sadio Mane. Will they focus on the Premier League? Most likely yes, and that is why they will win the group but will not win the title again. 

The second big team in the group is Napoli. They come in after not having an eventful summer. The addition of Hirving Lozano in the attack is a small step forward. They also have a good defense with Kalidou Koulibaly and Kostas Manolas, who is from Roma. 

Napoli should make it to the next round. The attack needs to consistently score in order to go farther than expected.

The first of two clubs owned by Red Bull is next. The defending Austrian Bundesliga champion Salzburg once again qualifies for the competition. It is a team that does not have a great player and is better off not talking about to the extent of the others. 

Gent is the last team in the group. They will be the punching bag of the group. Enough said. 

 

Group F 

One of the best groups in the competition, this group is wide-open. This group has two teams that could win the group and another that could finish in the top two. 

Barcelona is the defending La Liga champions but has not seen Lionel Messi start a game this season. They are looking to make noise after their exit against Liverpool in the semifinals. 

They spent serious money over the summer bringing in Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong. They did fail to resign Neymar after several attempts. They look set at a championship run as long as Messi stays healthy.

Dortmund is next and is possibly the question mark of the group. They have a good team led by rising star Jaden Sancho. 

The team overpaid to bring back Mats Hummels from Bayern Munich and replaced Christian Pulisic with Thorgan Hazard. Dortmund has yet to make a run to the final in the last 10 years, and that will continue. 

Inter Milan is possibly being overlooked by people. The big name on campus is Antonio Conte, who returned to his homeland this summer. 

They loaned out their best two attacking players in Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic. The reason of loaning out Icardi was to bring in striker Romelu Lukaku. 

This team could and will surprise people. I expect them to make it to the semifinals.

Slavia Prague is the final team in the group. It is the most successful team from the Czech Republic. They have no notable names, just like their chances of making it out of the group. 

 

Group G

The group is average. There isn’t a team that sticks out above the others, and no team from the group will make it far after the group stage. I’ll try to be brief with the group.

Benfica will represent Portugal in the Champions League. The loss of João Félix is costly, but they have enough players with experience. 

Lyon has one of the most exciting forward tandems in the competition. Memphis Depay and Moussa Dembélé are going to score a lot. They also have Anthony Lopes in between the sticks. 

Red Bull Leipzig is the second club owned by Red Bull. It is the most powerful team apart from Bayern in Germany. 

The attack will be manned by Timo Werner. There is an extra incentive for United States fans as Tyler Adams is a regular when healthy.

Zenit is the final team and was the first team drawn into the group. The champions of Russia will struggle against these teams. 

The part that puts them down is the defense. The Russian league thrives on bringing in attackers but not focusing on the back four. 

 

Group H

The final group is honestly my favorite one. The most wide-open group in my opinion has four teams that could go far in the competition. 

The biggest surprise in last year’s competition is first in Ajax. The question is did they sell the talent on the team this summer?

They did lose De Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, but the team has talent. Quincy Promes joins  Dusan Tadic on a team that could make another surprise run. 

Chelsea is next and has a new manager in club legend Frank Lampard. The key player has to be N’Golo Kante. He is arguably the best midfielder in the world, and could be the most crucial player for any team. 

They have a strong attack with American Christian Pulisic. Watch out for newcomer  Mason Mount as he is off to a fast start this season.

Lille comes after and has had a slow start to the season losing two of its four. The team has one thing in mind: youth. 

The offseason has brought in four players under 23. The most critical players are Renato Sanches in midfield and another American in Timothy Weah for attack. 

This team is the underdog of the group. They could be the Ajax of this Champions League. 

One last team to talk about in Valencia. Another team from Spain, it is most known for doing better in the Europa League, and that is where it will end up again this season. 

They have players to cause trouble with Maximiliano Gómez and Jasper Cillessen. Anyone could win it, like I said earlier, and Valencia will be tough. 

 

        

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