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This group contains 2019-20 Champions Bayern Munich, closely modified Barcelona, perennial UCL contenders Benfica, and Ukrainian champion Dinamo Kiev. Don’t be mistaken by the 2 massive names within the group – Benfica is a real contender, and Kiev isn’t a pushover both. Let’s take a complete have a look at every of those groups.
- Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
- Common participant age: 26.1
- Market Worth: €852m
- 2020-21 UCL End: Quarter Finals
- Penalties: Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller
- Direct Free Kicks: Robert Lewandowski (close to), Leroy Sané, Marcel Sabitzer
- Oblique Free Kicks: Joshua Kimmich
- Corners: Joshua Kimmich, Leroy Sané
Bayern’s most up-to-date success got here within the 2019-20 season, after they went on to win an unprecedented sextuple. Then Bayern supervisor and present German nationwide crew coach Hansi Flick setup a particularly excessive line coupled with frantic and bodily gegenpress. This labored to the strengths of the crew and the “final-eight” format to complete the 2020 event (solely 4 video games to play).
Bayern put seven previous Chelsea (on combination), eight previous Barcelona, and received 3-0 in opposition to Lyon. The ultimate pitted Bayern in opposition to PSG, and it was a good affair. Kylian Mbappe and Neymar are virtually unstoppable after they’re on the ball, so Bayern’s strategy to the sport was to cease simply that. Manuel Neuer was additionally within the type of his life, saving the few probabilities PSG managed to create. On the opposite finish of the pitch, a lob from Joshua Kimmich was transformed by Kingsley Coman, a Paris native himself. On this course of, Bayern additionally broke the document for the variety of consecutive wins, at 11.
This invincible kind couldn’t be taken deep into the 2020-21 run. The successful streak was ended at 15 by Atletico Madrid in opposition to squad rotation. Accidents piled up and hampered an already skinny squad. A Bayern aspect with out talisman Robert Lewandowski might solely handle a draw in opposition to PSG, thus eradicated by away targets within the quarterfinals. (PSG had been subsequently knocked out by Metropolis, with out their most important man Mbappe – goes to indicate how essential squad depth is; that’s what received it in the long run).
The intense excessive line is undoubtedly a defensive legal responsibility, however the “Mia san Mia” angle of the membership conveys that they aren’t going to alter that. As an alternative, their motto has been “concede however outscore”.
Within the switch market, the skilled however damage inclined Jerome Boateng was changed by a greater than succesful Dayot Upamecano. In the meantime, teenage phenom Jamal Musiala’s meteoric rise earns him a spot within the beginning XI. Lastly, Marcel Sabitzer was introduced in close to deadline day to offer the much-needed squad depth, to say the least.
Julian Nagelsmann was additionally introduced in (at a document price for a coach at €25m), to fill a Hansi Flick-sized void. The tactically astute 34-year-old supervisor had pushed RB Leipzig to compete on all three fronts. Although he’s recognized to favor a again three, he plans to tinker with the finer particulars in Bayern’s conventional 4-2-3-1.
- Coach: Ronald Koeman
- Common participant age: 26.1
- Market Worth: €676m
- 2020-21 UCL End: Spherical of 16
- Penalties: Memphis Depay, Martin Braithwaite
- Free Kicks: Memphis Depay, Phillipe Coutinho
- Corners: Memphis Depay, Phillipe Coutinho
Ever since they had been knocked out by a selected crew by a selected rating line, it has all been going south for Barcelona. In actual fact, the decline coincided with the later a part of ex-President Josep Bartomeo’s time period. Excessive profile, massive title signings had been prioritized over long run stability. A grand whole of 1.08 billion euros had been spent within the time period, and even after factoring in Neymar’s 222 million sale, it left them with a lack of round 250 million euros. The most important buys had been Coutinho (€145m), Dembélé (€130m), and Griezmann (€120m), none of whom have justified their worth tags thus far.
In an optimist’s view, the 2019-20 defeat was the much-required punch within the face. A number of gamers made their opinions public, exposing what was already recognized by most. The notorious “Burofax” by Messi himself led to modifications within the energy dynamics of the membership, which finally led to Bartomeu resigning.
Quick ahead to now, and Barca has a brand new supervisor, a brand new president, and just about a brand new crew. The clean-up was by no means going to be simple; being unable to register arguably the crew’s greatest ever participant speaks volumes.
Promoting the membership’s second highest earner, Antoine Griezmann, to a direct rival (following Luis Suarez’s path) and Miralem Pjanić’s post-deadline day mortgage transfer, together with plenty of pay cuts, shaved a hefty 145 million euros off the wage invoice, placing the membership on track to suit La Liga’s wage caps and obtain long run monetary restoration.
Again on the pitch, Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong be part of the Dutch contingent. The La Masia skills, together with new #10 Ansu Fati, Pedri, Riqui Puig, Gavi, Eric Garcia and Oscar Mingueza, will see a LOT extra minutes. Barca will look to play their fast, attacking tiki taka model of soccer, particularly with the dynamism of Depay up entrance. Though they’ve been within the information for all of the improper causes recently, this Barcelona crew nonetheless has the personnel required for a deep run within the competitors. All the brand new names would possibly simply be a blessing in disguise that would, a minimum of initially, add a way of unpredictability to their sport plan.
- Coach: Jorge Jesus
- Common participant age: 27
- Market Worth: €286m
- 2020-21 UCL End: N/A
- Penalties: Pizzi, Haris Seferovic
- Direct Free Kicks: Alejandro Grimaldo, Julian Weigl, João Mário
- Oblique Free Kicks: Pizzi, Éverton, Alejandro Grimaldo
- Corners: Pizzi, Éverton, Alejandro Grimaldo
SL Benfica performs within the Portuguese high flight, the Primeira Liga. Additionally it is often called Liga Portugal Bwin and Liga NOS for sponsorship causes. With a complete of 37 league wins, Benfica is without doubt one of the “Large Three” in Portugal, together with Porto (29 wins) and Sporting CP (19 wins). The larger information surrounding this league is that they’ve simply surmounted the Ligue 1 to interrupt into the highest 5 leagues in Europe (according to UEFA Country Coefficients). What we are able to comprehend from all that is merely that Benfica is to not be taken calmly.
Benfica’s final UCL look was within the 2019-20 season, bowing out on the group stage. They did not get by way of UCL qualifying final yr, therefore taking part within the Europa League. With three wins and three attracts, Benfica completed second within the group behind Rangers earlier than being knocked out by Arsenal 3-4 on combination within the spherical of 32.
Nonetheless the Portuguese have put up some robust performances of their home league, ending third final season and successful 4 of 4 to date this time round. They’ve additionally strengthened significantly by making a number of marquee signings.
Underneath reappointed head coach Jorge Jesus, they have an inclination to area a again three whereas pushing their high-flying wing-backs Grimaldo and Gilberto far up the sector. They like to soak up the strain and launch fast and incisive counters. They defend slender and look to win balls within the midfield. Such a techniques might reap rewards in opposition to excessive line defenses like Bayern Munich’s. A weak spot of their sport nonetheless, is the hole left behind the pushing wingbacks.
- Coach: Mircea Lucescu
- Common participant age: 25.5
- Market Worth: €133m
- 2020-21 UCL End: Group Stage
- Penalties: Viktor Tsygankov, Carlos De Pena, Gerson Rodrigues
- Free Kicks: Viktor Tsygankov, Carlos De Pena, Gerson Rodrigues
- Corners: Viktor Tsygankov, Carlos De Pena, Gerson Rodrigues
Ukrainian Premier League serial winners Dinamo Kyiv (the “Bilo-Syn”) received final season’s home title by a complete eleven factors. The crew is a continuing presence within the Champions League.
Final season, the Ukrainians additionally drew a gaggle with Barcelona (plus Juventus and Ferencvaros). The outcomes had been surprisingly symmetrical, with Barcelona and Juventus tied within the high two spots on factors. Dinamo misplaced all 4 matches in opposition to these two, drew one and received one in opposition to Ferencvaros to complete in a Europa League spot.
Dinamo (Greek for energy) performs a 4-2-3-1. Viktor Tsygankov on the best wing and Vitaliy Buyalskyi in attacking midfield are the crew’s major sources for targets.
Between the Bilo-Syn and Benfica (and possibly even Barcelona), the battle for the Europa League spot within the group goes to be tense.
Doable Lineups and Transfers
Bayern Munich (4-2-3-1)
Manuel Neuer – Benjamin Pavard, Dayot Upamecano, Niklas Sule, Alphonso Davies – Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka – Jamal Musiala (Leroy Sané), Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry (Kingsley Coman) – Robert Lewandowski.
In: Dayot Upamecano (Leipzig), Omar Richards (Studying), Sven Ulreich (Hamburg), Marcel Sabitzer (Leipzig)
Out: Angelo Stiller (Hoffenheim), Javi Martínez (Qatar SC), David Alaba (Real Madrid), Jérôme Boateng (Olympique Lyonnais), Lasse Günther (Augsburg), Fiete Arp (Holstein Kiel), Alexander Nübel (Monaco), Nicolas Kühn (Erzgebirge Aue), Lars Lukas Mai (Werder Bremen), Sarpreet Singh (Jahn Regensburg), Adrian Fein (Greuther Fürth, mortgage), Chris Richards (Hoffenheim, mortgage)
Marc-André ter Stegen – Sergiño Dest, Gerard Piqué, Clément Lenglet (Eric Garcia), Jordi Alba – Pedri, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong – Ousmane Dembélé, Memphis Depay, Martin Braithwaite (Ansu Fati/Philippe Coutinho).
In: Sergio Agüero (Manchester City), Eric García (Manchester Metropolis), Emerson Royal (Actual Betis), Memphis Depay (Lyon), Luuk de Jong (Sevilla, mortgage)
Out: Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain), Juan Miranda (Actual Betis), Jean-Clair Todibo (Good), Konrad de la Fuente (Marseille), Matheus Fernandes (launched), Francisco Trincão (Wolves, mortgage), Junior Firpo (Leeds), Carles Aleñá (Getafe), Monchu (Granada), Ilaix Moriba (Leipzig), Rey Manaj (Spezia, mortgage), Emerson Royal (Tottenham), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético, mortgage), Miralem Pjanić (Beşiktaş, mortgage)
Odisseas Vlachodimos – Lucas Veríssimo, Nicolás Otamendi, Felipe Rodrigues da Silva – Diogo Gonçalves, Julian Weigl, João Mário, Álex Grimaldo – Pizzi, Rafa Silva – Roman Yaremchuk.
In: Rodrigo Pinho (Marítimo), Gil Dias (Monaco), João Mário (Inter), Soualiho Meïté (Torino), Roman Yaremchuk (Gent), Nemanja Radonjić (Marseille, mortgage), Valentino Lázaro (Inter, mortgage)
Out: Jardel (launched), Pedrinho (Shakhtar Donetsk), Franco Cervi (Celta Vigo), Caio Lucas (Sharjah), Tiago Dantas (Tondela, mortgage), Nuno Tavares (Arsenal), Nuno Santos (Paços Ferreira, mortgage), Filip Krovinović (Hajduk Cut up), Alfa Semedo (Vitória SC), Luca Waldschmidt (Wolfsburg), Florentino (Getafe, mortgage), Tomás Tavares (Basel, mortgage), Carlos Vinícius (PSV, mortgage), Andreas Samaris (launched), Chiquinho (Braga, mortgage)
Dynamo Kyiv (4-2-3-1)
Denys Boyko – Tomasz Kędziora, Illya Zabarnyi, Artem Shabanov, Vitaliy Mykolenko – Serhiy Sydorchuk, Mykola Shaparenko – Viktor Tsyhankov, Vitaliy Buyalskyi, Carlos de Pena – Ilya Shkurin,
In: Denys Antyukh (Kolos), Ilya Shkurin (CSKA Moskva, mortgage), Eric Ramírez (Dunajská Streda), Vladyslav Kulach (Vorskla), Vitinho (Athletico Paranaense)
Out: Mikkel Duelund (NEC Nijmegen, mortgage), Clayton (launched), Fran Sol (Eibar, mortgage), Serhiy Buletsa (Zorya, mortgage), Akhmed Alibekov (Zorya, mortgage), Nazariy Rusin (SK Dnipro-1, mortgage), Mykyta Kravchenko (SK Dnipro-1, mortgage), Heorhii Tsitaishvili (Chornomorets Odesa, mortgage), Vladyslav Dubinchak (SK Dnipro-1, mortgage), Mohammed Kadiri (Chornomorets Odesa, mortgage), Sidcley (PAOK, mortgage), Benito (Gorica, mortgage), Gerson Rodrigues (Troyes, mortgage)
Fixtures and Analyses
The aspect on the left performs at house, and daring date signifies the day (first or second) the matches are taking place. Take note of these whereas planning on your matchday squad.
Matchday 1 (14/15 September):
- Dynamo Kyiv – Benfica
- Barcelona – Bayern
Matchday 2 (28/29 September):
Bayern – Dynamo Kyiv
Benfica – Barcelona
Matchday 3 (19/20 October):
- Barcelona – Dynamo Kyiv (early kickoff)
- Benfica – Bayern
Matchday 4 (2/3 November):
- Dynamo Kyiv – Barcelona
- Bayern – Benfica
Matchday 5 (23/24 November):
- Dynamo Kyiv – Bayern (early kickoff)
- Barcelona – Benfica
Matchday 6 (7/8 December):
- Benfica – Dynamo Kyiv
- Bayern – Barcelona
- MD-1 and MD-6 would be the most important for all of the groups in Group E as a result of they may almost definitely separate 1st from 2nd (might be Bayern or Barcelona) and third from 4th (might be Benfica or Kiev).
- If the winner within the Bayern vs Barcelona match goes on to win MD-2, MD-3 and MD-4, relaxation and rotation is probably going in MD-5 and MD-6 as a result of 1st place can be just about mounted (relying on H2H and GD).
- Not one of the defenses listed below are recognized for retaining clear sheets, so prioritize defenders who vary ahead sufficient to yield attacking returns.
Now, for what actually issues — who ought to we contemplate shopping for to pip rival fantasy managers?
Necessities: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern, €11.5m), Memphis Depay (Barcelona, €8.5m)
Differentials: Roman Yaremchuk (Benfica, €7m), Ousmane Dembélé (Barcelona, €8m)
Necessities: Rafa Silva (Benfica, €7m), Serge Gnabry (Bayern, €10m)
Differentials: Viktor Tsygankov (Kiev, €7.5m), Vitaliy Buyalskyi (Kiev, €7m), Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona, €8.5m), Jamal Musiala (Bayern, €6.5m)
Necessities: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern, €6.5m), Jordi Alba (Barcelona, €6m)
Differentials: Dayot Upamecano (Bayern, €5.5m), Gilberto (Benfica, €4.5m), Alejandro Grimaldo (Benfica, €4.5m), Andre Almeida (Benfica, €4m)
I don’t anticipate too many clear sheets on this group (rotation could also be favored in later levels). Dinamo’s #1 alternative Georgiy Bushchan is out injured, so should you needed to take somebody from this group, you may contemplate Benfica’s Odisseas Vlachodimos (€4.5m).
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