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What appears most clear after watching the opening round of matches in the Champions League this year is the fact that the best teams in the tournament always fine a way to win, regardless of whether they are playing some of their best or worst football.
Arsenal, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona—all were incredibly lucky to an extent to pick up three points in their opening match because they were not the better team and were not playing their best football.
Yet all of them managed to pick up the three points, because that's what good teams do. I'm not saying that these are the five teams to watch this year, but especially in the group stages, picking up points is what matters most.
Chelsea last year is a perfect example. They were nowhere near as glamorous and slick as Barcelona, Real Madrid or even Bayern Munich, and yet it was their name on the Champions League trophy at the end of the tournament.
Winning is what matters, and the best teams know how to get it done.
I think we'll see that reinforced throughout the group stages again this year.
What did you make of the opening Champions League matches?
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