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Group E is shaping up to be quite interesting. We've got two absolute football powerhouses in a group with two, how shall we say it? non-powerhouse teams. Of course, one can always argue that any team in the Champions League is a top team - by definition a team has to finish in the top of their league or win the Europa to even qualify. Teams like Tottenham Hotspur did not even qualify for the competition. We're talking about the very best of the best. And yet teams out of Belgium, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Denmark, and the Netherlands never seem to have as much success as teams out of Germany, England, Spain, and Italy.
So what we're seeing in Group E is absolutely astounding. Now certainly FC Nordsjaelland (I don't even have the correct font on my computer to spell it) are exactly where you would expect in the group but you would never expect them to have played a draw with Juventus! Well, except that Juventus have tied all of their first three games. But look at the delight in these players from scoring against the Italian giants:
|Joys of football|
But if Juventus will rue the loss of two points at the hands of an unlikely Danish side, how will Chelsea fare when contemplating their loss against FC Shakhtar Donetsk? It is clear that Shakhtar are much better than many have given them credit for and the team is on a surprising streak of 21 straight wins in their domestic league. It seems like all the wins at home have not tired them out for European play, but have merely primed them for a higher level of competition. And congratulations to them for beating Chelsea and beating them soundly. I wouldn't be too surprised if Shakhtar make it to the knockout stages and I would actually prefer they do over Juventus.
|Is that Fernando Torres back there sipping a cup of tea?|