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Tottenham in, but who makes the top 5 UCL flops?

Champions League By: Linus Onyeze | 08/12/2016

Chelsea-vs-Tottenham-Combined-XI1Tottenham were thoroughly disappointing in the Champions League this season.

The group stages of the 2016/17 UEFA Champions League has come and gone, with almost all, if not all of the top sides making their way to the knockout round of the competition.

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Although, some of these bigger sides finished second in their groups, but they however did manage to progress to the next round even though in disappointing fashion, while some others that one would have expected to put in a much better show out-rightly disappointed.

Of this lot that disappointed, some of them did move on to the Europa League, while some others finished bottom of their group. So, let’s take a look at five clubs that that flopped in the group stage and disappointed.


Spurs had what you would call a fair group, with teams of possibly equal standing but what they made of their participation left a lot more to be desired. Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen and CSKA Moscow were teams you would have banked on Spurs to excel against, but alas, they ended making a hush of it and will now see if they can win the Europa League.


The Dutch champions weren’t exactly expected to progress at the expense of Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich, but a much better performance was expected from them and certainly more than the paltry two points they garnered over six games. Alas, they finished bottom, even behind the less fancies FK Rostov, so that is the end of the European story for the Dutch giants this season.

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Sporting Lisbon

Finishing ahead of Dortmund and Real Madrid would have been almost an impossible task, but at least finishing third and earning a place in the Europa League would have been the least Sporting could do. But then, they finished bottom of group F, and Legia Warsaw will continue in Europe instead.

Dynamo Kiev

They aren’t exactly what you would call a European super power, but in a group that had Napoli, Benfica and Besiktas, you would have expected them to do better. Dynamo are one of the sides from Europe’s lesser leagues that get regular representation in the Champions League and you would expect that years of experience would make them better than they did, but it wasn’t the case.


They drew twice with Manchester City in their group and perhaps that was the highlight of their participation in the competition, finishing bottom in a group that also had Barcelona and Borussia Monchengladbach. The Scottish champions should be doing better than the paltry three points they secured.