How Ajax disappointed the world by ending up in Europe’s second best competition

The teams progressing to the next stage of Europe’s premier competition has been confirmed. There was some last day drama as Ajax failed to qualify when they needed just a draw at home to qualify and Inter Milan couldn’t beat a makeshift Barcelona team in their backyard to qualify for the next stage.

I had predicted how each group would end up and was on point with a lot of my predictions, most notably group G which was so unpredictable.

 

Group A:

Group A ended exactly as predicted with PSG getting 5 wins enroute to topping the table. Real Madrid were able to avoid dropping too much points against the weaker teams and ended up sitting comfortably in second position.

Club Brugge edged Galatasaray to 3rd position by claiming a point from Real Madrid.

PREDICTION

PSG

Madrid

Brugge

Galatasaray

RESULT

PSG

Madrid

Brugge

Galatasaray

Rating: 10/10

 

Group B:

I had tipped Tottenham to top the group, rightly predicting them to get 10-12 points from the weaker teams. What I didn’t expect was them getting humbled embarrassingly by Bayern home & away.

Olympiakos got a point against Tottenham and was instrumental in getting a realistic Europa league spot consigning Zvezda to the bottom of the table.

PREDICTION

Tottenham

Munich

Olympiakos

Zvezda

RESULT

Munich

Tottenham

Olympiakos

Zvezda

Rating: 8/10

 

Group C:

Against all odds, my predictions in this group came to pass as Atalanta qualified after losing the first 3 matches and drawing the 4th. They had to win the last 2 matches to place second in the group. Man City obviously topped this group but fell short of the 15 points minimum I expected.

Shakhtar and Zagreb should be ashamed for allowing Atalanta qualify as they both trashed Atalanta in the first round of matches.

PREDICTION

Man City

Atalanta

Shakhtar

Zagreb

RESULT

Man City

Atalanta

Shakhtar

Zagreb

Rating: 10/10

 

Group D:

Another perfect score as Juventus showed their intentions and romped their way to the top of the group. Atletico has failed to deliver so far this season and had to settle for second place.

Leverkusen started badly with the unnecessary defeat I predicted and had to claw their way back into 3rd place. Lokomotiv won the first match and that was it.

PREDICTION

Juventus

Atletico

Leverkusen

Lokomotiv

RESULT

Juventus

Atletico

Leverkusen

Lokomotiv

Rating: 10/10

 

Group E:

Another perfect score as Liverpool overcame a first leg loss against Napoli to top the group. Napoli went unbeaten in the group to claim second place.

Haaland’s heroics was enough to clinch an Europa league spot for Salzburg while Genk ended bottom.

PREDICTION

Liverpool

Napoli

Salzburg

Genk

RESULT

Liverpool

Napoli

Salzburg

Genk

Rating: 10/10

 

Group F:

Yet another perfect score, if you’ve not started clapping at this point you’re just a hater. Barcelona topped their UCL group for the 13th time as predicted and made sure Dortmund was able to secure qualification too beating by Inter Milan in San siro with a makeshift squad ensuring the Italian giants finish 3rd place.

Slavia finished last but they can be proud of holding european giants, Barcelona to a 0-0 draw in Camp Nou.

PREDICTION

Barcelona

Dortmund

Inter Milan

Slavia

RESULT

Barcelona

Dortmund

Inter Milan

Slavia

Rating: 10/10

 

Group G:

Another one, and the most difficult of all. Yet another perfect score, I wasn’t expecting to get this group right but damn, I did. Leipzig dominated the group and topped it, a last minute equalizer brought Lyon to second place and Benfica claimed 3rd place on the last day by trashing Zenit.

PREDICTION

Leipzig

Lyon

Benfica

Zenit

RESULT

Leipzig

Lyon

Benfica

Zenit

Rating: 10/10

 

Group H:

This one was close, all Ajax needed was to beat Valencia at home on the last day and I would have been spot on but it wasn’t meant to be.

Chelsea made it through the group by beating Lille on the last day.

PREDICTION

Ajax

Chelsea

Valencia

Lille

RESULT

Valencia

Chelsea

Ajax

Lille

Rating: 5/10

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