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With the transfer window closed and the Champions League around the corner, let’s take a look at how each of the 32 teams competing this year look.
We’re going to go over new signings, strengths, and weaknesses, and anything else I can put in 280 characters.
Every team has to submit a 25-man roster so I’ve put 25 players in every team.
A few teams have more players, and some teams have less first team players, so I adjusted that by either leaving out less important team members or adding youth players.
Let’s go.
PSG, Group A

Tuchel is likely to play a 3-4-3 this season, assuming everyone is fit. Keeping Neymar and adding Icardi should make this one of the most frightening attacks in Europe. They’ve also got attacking prowess in their wing backs, but they might be a weakness defensively.
Club Brugge, Group A

Hans Vanaken is the man to watch here; the Belgian international makes everything tick in midfield. The mix of experience (Diagne, Vossen) and youth (Okereke, Dennis, Diatta) up top is also promising, while Mignolet’s acquisition should boost the defense.
Galatasaray, Group A

New signing Falcao should get plenty of opportunities from the 4 creators behind him. More questions will be asked of the defense, which will need Nzonzi, perhaps alongside Lemina, to help out a lot against the likes of PSG and Real Madrid.
Real Madrid, Group A

Real’s summer window was considered one of the best, but between injuries and bad form, things haven’t clicked so far. Zidane will have to find a balance and play his stars in their best positions, which he’s shown he can do. The quality is definitely there.
Olympiacos, Group B

Olympiacos only conceded 1 goal in 3 qualifying rounds, breezing past Turkish Super Lig runner-ups Basaksehir and current Russian Premier League leaders Krasnodar. They’ve got decent creativity going forward as well in the feet of Fortounis and Valbuena.
Bayern Munich, Group B

It’s been a summer of hits and misses for Bayern. There’s still no proper No. 6 to take over from Martinez, and Lewandowski’s backup is inexperienced. Overall though, they should be better than last season, boosted by Coutinho, Hernández, and Pavard.
Tottenham, Group B

It’s unclear whether Pochettino will go with a midfield diamond or a back three. Whatever the case, they’ve shot themselves on the foot by not signing a replacement for Trippier. Their midfield will be much stronger with Ndombélé and Lo Celso in it, though.
Red Star Belgrade, Group B

Red Star had to go through 4 qualifying rounds to make the group stage, and they only won 2 of the 8 games they played, taking full advantage of the away goal rule. They will surely be a menace at home, with an experienced back line and pace up front.
Dinamo Zagreb, Group C

Some of the most exciting young talent on display will come from the Croatian champions, with U-21 European champion Dani Olmo dancing around in midfield. Their defenders are mature, but they’ll struggle to maintain City’s and Shakhtar’s quick attackers.
Shakhtar Donetsk, Group C

Shakhtar’s Brazilian contingent will once again be crucial to their success, providing 5-6 of their starters. Konoplyanka’s arrival makes for a scary left wing with Ismaily behind him, but there will be doubts about whether they can keep up defensively.
Manchester City, Group C

There is really no point in doubting City’s quality at this point, which has only gotten better with the arrivals of Rodri and Cancelo. There’s only questions surrounding their mentality in big CL games and lack of experience is no longer a valid excuse.
Atalanta, Group C

Atalanta have kept all the players that made the Champions League possible and have only improved for the new season. Kjaer, Arana, Malinoskyi, and Muriel will all play an important role in the team, especially since they’re not competing in three fronts.
Bayer Leverkusen, Group D

Leverkusen don’t look too different from last season, with Demirbay serving as an immediate replacement for the outgoing Brandt. Defensively, they don’t have enough to stop Atletico and Juventus, and going forward, they need Havertz to be at his best.
Atlético Madrid, Group D

Griezmann, Godin, Luis, Juanfran, Hernández, Rodri: a generation of talent gone.
They’ve done well to replace them, bringing on mega-talent João Felix alongside Marcos Llorente, Hector Herrera, Mario Hermoso, and more, but the chemistry isn’t there yet.
Juventus, Group D

Bringing in Maurizio Sarri and winning the race for de Ligt were big wins for Juventus, but they’ve made some questionable decisions too. Losing Cancelo for Danilo, not signing a star striker may come back to haunt them, and their midfield may take time to gel.
Lokomotiv Moscow, Group D

Lokomotiv haven’t improved a whole lot this summer, at least not enough to keep up with their Group D opponents. Their defense is old, but there’s more excitement up top, with the Miranchuk twins and Smolov capable of producing quality moments.
Napoli, Group E

Napoli have finally found a worthy partner for Koulibaly in defense, and added much needed depth in attack with Lozano and Llorente. There’s quality and cover in every position, and there’s no reason for Anceotti’s men not to challenge domestically and in Europe.
Red Bull Salzburg, Group E

After years of falling in the final hurdle, Salzburg are in the group stages of the UCL. They’re so dominant in Austria, it will be interesting to see how they adapt to an underdog status. Haland is an incredible talent; now he has the stage to shine.
KRC Genk, Group E

Some amazing talent will be on display every time Genk step on the pitch. Maehle, Lucumi, Berge, Heynen and Hagi are all under 22 and are being given the biggest stage to prove their worth. Genk won the league by playing the youth; it’s time to shine in Europe.
Liverpool, Group E

This is the team that won the Champions League last season. That’s all there is to say. There have been weaknesses in defense on display early this season, but Klopp is definitely capable of patching those up. The front 3 have shown no signs of slowing down.
Inter, Group F

Inter look like they’re getting closer to their glory days, with Antonio Conte in charge and a handful of great signings. They’ve improved in every area, from the experienced Godin in defense, to the promising Barella and Sensi in midfield, to Lukaku up top.
Borussia Dortmund, Group F

Dortmund have also significantly improved from last season, signing Mats Hummels to shore up the defense, in addition to Germany’s Nico Schulz. Thorgan Hazard and Julian Brandt’s signings make this side one of the most entertaining to watch in attack.
Slavia Prague, Group F

Simply put, Slavia Prague don’t have what it takes to handle their group opponents, but they may be capable of a surprise or two. Their main man is midfielder Tomas Soucek, but losing his midfield partner Alex Kral late in the summer will hurt the team.
Barcelona, Group F

There’s definitely questions to be asked about Barcelona’s management, but at the end of the day they’ve got 2 of the most sought after assets in Griezmann and de Jong. Their attack is as fearful as anyone else’s, but not as deep as it should be.
Olympique Lyon, Group G

Losing Ndombélé and Mendy would hurt any team in the world; Lyon are no different. New signing Thiago Mendes has had a bright start though, and Andersen forms an exciting partnership with Denayer in defense. Depay and Dembélé are in charge of the goals.
Zenit, Group G

With depth in midfield and a formidable duo up front, Zenit will be a challenge for any team in group G. They also pulled off deals for some players (Douglas Santos, Malcom) that could be playing at more prestigious clubs, but chose Zenit instead.
Benfica, Group G

Silva and Pizzi have started the season on fire, scoring and assisting left and right. There’s also plenty of excitement in midfield, with the partnership of 20-year olds Fernandes and Florentino. The attack isn’t as exciting, but they do know where the goal is.
RB Leipzig, Group G

Leipzig are looking like title contenders in the Bundesliga. Nagelsmann has tried a 3-4-3 and a 4-4-2 and has come out victorious either way, with Timo Werner, Marcel Sabitzer, and Ibrahima Konaté finding form early on. Depth in midfield is terrific as well.
Ajax, Group H

Ajax’s biggest strength is the ability of so many of their players, including their defenders, to play in multiple positions. That allows every player to play an important role in the team, and ten Hag to change it up as he sees fit, depending on the opposition.
Lille OSC, Group H

Like Lyon, Lille have lost two of their best players, but have done well to replace them. Renato Sanches is a question mark, but there’s always the hope he’s the next big thing. Victor Osimhen has started the season well and has plenty of support behind him.
Chelsea, Group H

Chelsea are a bit of a mystery this early in the season, but Frank Lampard seems to be settling on a 4-3-3, with Tammy Abraham as his main man up top. This is a very creative side, with the likes of Mount, Kovacic, and Pulisic, but a little worrisome in defense.
Valencia, Group H

Marcelino has done a great job to transform this Valencia side and their current roster is quite promising. Rodrigo - Maxi Gómez has the potential to be a deadly strike partnership and there’s quality all over the pitch, including a top goalkeeper in Cillessen.
That is that. I’m sure I’ve made some mistakes along the way, but overall these are more or less the teams. Please feel free to like and RT and DM to your friends :)

Also I basically did this so @ZachLowy didn’t have to 😇
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