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UCL Power Rankings: Three advance, but who’s the favorite?

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 21: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona competes for the ball with Filipe Luis of Club Atletico de Madrid during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Club Atletico de Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium on September 21, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Halfway through the group stage, we’ve seen just about everything; Blowouts, razor-thin upsets, and stars shining bright dot our UEFA Champions League landscape.

The full standings are at the bottom of this post, but those don’t tell the story of who’s looking dangerous and who’s barely scraping by the opposition.

For example, Leicester City may be in the least challenging group, so how should their 3-0 record stand up to Spurs 1-1-1 mark in a deep, deep group.

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Man City is also 1-1-1, but a loss to Barcelona shouldn’t be the end of the world. Alas, should their draw at Celtic knock them down a peg or two more? And given the strength of City’s group, aren’t their four points a world better than Copenhagen’s quartet of points? The answer, of course, is yes.

So, let’s see how they stack up in terms of group stage performance thus far.

UEFA Champions League power rankings
* denotes club has clinched knockout round berth

  1. Legia Warsaw -- 0-3, and set for empty stadium vs Real Madrid
  2. Club Brugge -- minus-8 GD in the UCL’s shallowest group
  3. Ludogorets Razgrad -- Drew at Basel, but smoked by Arsenal
  4. Basel -- Blew any chance with home draw vs. Ludogorets
  5. Dinamo Zagreb -- 0-3, including two home losses
  6. Rostov -- Game effort in Weds. loss versus Atleti
  7. Celtic -- Couldn’t build off 3-3 draw vs. Man City
  8. PSV Eindhoven -- European hopes rest on Dec. visit from Rostov
  9. Dynamo Kyiv -- Home losses blow knockout roundchances
  10. CSKA Moscow -- Not dead, but wasted home opportunities.
  11. Lyon -- Needs unlikely win at Juventus on Nov. 2.
  12. Sporting CP -- Hoping for wins, another Real-BVB draw.
  13. Porto -- Have only been home once.
  14. Copenhagen -- Road draw at Porto could stand tall.
  15. Bayer Leverkusen -- Still in striking distance despite two home draws.
  16. Benfica -- Home match with Dynamo Kyiv on Nov. 2 is must win.
  17. Napoli -- Weds. home loss vs. Besiktas stings.
  18. Besiktas -- Vincent Aboubakar brace has Turkish side in good place.
  19. Borussia Monchengladbach -- Hosts wounded Man City on Nov. 23.
  20. Tottenham Hotspur -- Winnable home matches with Bayer, CSKA remain.
  21. Manchester City -- It’s not the Barca loss that hurts; It’s drawing at Celtic.
  22. Monaco -- Winning at Wembley Stadium cannot be overstated.
  23. Bayern Munich -- Loss at Atleti an acceptable blemish.
  24. Juventus -- Pair of home matches should tilt scales for The Old Lady.
  25. Sevilla -- Drawing at Juventus Stadium was a big result.
  26. Leicester City* -- Even without A-game vs Copenhagen, stayed unbeaten.
  27. Paris Saint-Germain -- Handling its business as usual.
  28. Borussia Dortmund -- Only below Real because 2-2 draw was at home.
  29. Real Madrid -- Primed to make another run at the title.
  30. Arsenal -- Focused, and feeding off confident manager’s words.
  31. Atletico Madrid* -- Trio of 1-0 wins, two on road; Simeone’s the man.
  32. Barcelona* -- Toughest group in Europe? How’s 13 GF, 1 GA for you?


Group A
Paris SG32107251-1-01-0-07
FC Basel301216-50-1-00-0-21

Group B
Dynamo Kiev301225-30-0-20-1-01

Group C
Manchester City31117701-0-00-1-14

Group D
Atlético Madrid33003031-0-02-0-09
Bayern Munich32019272-0-00-0-16
PSV Eindhoven301237-40-0-10-1-11
FC Rostov301228-60-1-10-0-11

Group E
Tottenham Hotspur31112200-0-11-1-04
Bayer Leverkusen30303300-2-00-1-03
CSKA Moscow302134-10-1-10-1-02

Group F
Real Madrid32109452-0-00-1-07
Borussia Dortmund321010370-1-02-0-07
Sporting CP31024401-0-10-0-13
Legia Warsaw3003113-120-0-10-0-20

Group G
Leicester City33005052-0-01-0-09
FC Copenhagen31115231-0-00-1-14
FC Porto31113300-1-01-0-14
Club Brugge300319-80-0-20-0-10

Group H
Dinamo Zagreb300308-80-0-20-0-10

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