Arsenal & Chelsea both had great opening wins in their Champions League groups with Arsenal hitting Braga for six and Chelsea’s winning 4-1 away to MSK Zilina.
Both looked very impressive and although they both have sterner tasks ahead this will have done their confidence no harm at all. Of their opponents MSK Zilina will have the most cause for hope having played pretty well despite the scoreline and they did manage to create more chances and had more corners. However class told and chances are no good if you cant score. They might fare a little better against the lesser teams in the group and should fight it out with Marseille for 3rd place.
Braga looked quite good in qualifying, beating Celtic and Sevilla, and this season they are 4th in the Portuguese league having narrowly lost 3-2 away to leaders Porto at the weekend. They are poor travelers however and it will be difficult to pick themselves up after this mauling.
Overall it has been a tough start for the six teams new to the Champions League this season, with only Tottenham & FC Twente managing to pick up points. So far the tally is
Played 6 Won 0 drew 2 lost 4 Goals for 5 Goals against 20. Realistically only Tottenham will fancy their chances at qualifying from the group of Six.
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