This season has already made a mockery of Super League elitism

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The problem with the Champions League group stages is that they are too predictable. That is why Real Madrid have lost at home to Sheriff Tiraspol, why Young Boys of Bern have beaten Manchester United and why Club Brugge can look down on Manchester City in the table. 

It is why Barcelona are the lone side yet to register a shot on target and have made their worst ever start to the competition, why Sebastien Haller is its top scorer and why Christopher Nkunku has joined Lionel Messi as the only player to score a European hat-trick against Guardiola’s Manchester City.

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Richard Jolly

Richard Jolly also writes for the National, the Guardian, the Observer, the Straits Times, the Independent, Sporting Life, Football 365 and the Blizzard. He has written for the FourFourTwo website since 2018 and for the magazine in the 1990s and the 2020s, but not in between. He has covered 1500+ games and remembers a disturbing number of the 0-0 draws.