The Champions League Second Round: It's the Real Deal Now, Folks

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The Champions League Second Round: It's the Real Deal Now, Folks

So the second round is upon us. It is now a knock-out, cup competition which relies less on form than the group stage and more on the ability of certain individuals and teams to steel themselves for potential glory.

As the countdown to the various showdowns between European footballs top sides continues, there is always an uncertain feeling in the air.

When the games are spoken of and debates begin, the various experts, media and armchair alike, start to voice their reckonings on what teams will make the grade, when the whistle trumpets its shrill tune, to signal the roar of one set of fans.

It is here that the Champions League's real magic begins, here that it again resembles the old European Cup and there is a chance for the underdog to really take a good bite at one of the established giants.

It can transport fans to that special place where it no longer matters that your mortgage payment is late, or that you ran over the neighbors dog and he is a 6'6" kick-boxing enthusiast, these things no longer matter, it is only the football for awhile now, and what an extravagantly delectable feast of games it is that awaits us.

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