Biggest Champions League Surprises so Far This Season

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Biggest Champions League Surprises so Far This Season
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The Champions League group stage is often written off as being a lucrative stroll for the big clubs against the smaller sides just making up the numbers.

While it is true that the seeding system favours Europe's traditional powerhouses at the expense of outfits with less history and money, there is still room for the odd surprise or two.

For example, last season both Manchester clubs, Porto and Borussia Dortmund all failed to make it through to the knockout phase, while APOEL Nicosia, CSKA Moscow and Basel all reached the last 16, with APOEL even reaching the quarterfinals.

Here are some of the more surprising things to have happened in this season's group stage, which will see its penultimate round of fixtures this week.

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