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Despite their second consecutive Bundesliga title, Borussia Dortmund will have maintained their position as Group D underdogs this season.
Drawn in a group alongside Real Madrid, Manchester City and Ajax, the pool of domestic league champions was always going to be a tight one, and one that perhaps the Yellow and Blacks wouldn’t have been expected to make it through.
Manchester City’s spending pattern and resulting strength in depth always makes them a threat, but the Citizens are on the edge of slipping out of the tournament altogether.
Roberto Mancini’s side are yet to win a game in European competition this campaign and, along with Ajax, would seem the most probable candidates to see the group stage exit.
Along with the Premier League champions, Real Madrid would have been considered Group D big guns prior to the season’s beginning, and Jose Mourinho’s men remain likely to head through to the knockout stages.
While their domestic season isn’t going exactly to plan, Jürgen Klopp’s side sit atop the least desirable group in this season’s Champions League, and are a single point ahead of European giants Real.
With fixtures against Ajax and Manchester City left to run, the German representatives have certainly got their harder fixtures out of the way early, and are on course to proceed as top seeds from their pool.