PSG has lost talisman Ibrahimovic to Manchester United, but even with his departure they possess a very talented team. Cavani is still there-proven goal scorer and they have added Ben Arfa, a player who was reborn last year for Nice. If PSG can defend in the group stage, they should have no problem progressing to the next stage. The real question will be if they finish first or second.
Arsenal is probably expected to win this group when you consider the fire power they have up front with the likes of Sanchez, Ozil, Giroud and others. Signing Mustafi makes their backline that much better and hopefully the team will stop conceding “cheap” goals in big matches. The play of the defensive midfielders-Cazorla/Coquelin and Xhaka-should be something to keep an eye on, as they are not your prototypical defensive mids.
Basel has done fairly well in the Champions League throughout the years when you consider that they have a much smaller budget than most other teams participating in this tournament. Marc Janko is a player who has scored everywhere he has played, and Basel will need him to play at his best, if they have any chance at progressing to the Round of 16.
Ludogorets is in the Champions League for the second time in the last three years. They are a quality team, but getting points from any of the other three teams will be a tough task for the Bulgarian champions. Offensively, almost everything runs through Marcelinho, Wanderson and Cafu who has excellent technical ability and finishing.
All in all, PSG and Arsenal should finish as the top two teams in this group. Basel can be a scary team, as they have shown the ability to beat big clubs in years past. Ludogorets have nothing to lose; they can play relaxed and hope for good results.
Ogi is a graduate of Humber College’s Sport Management program. He is the founder of Blago Blogger Sports.