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It means that the chances they had going forward were of less good quality than they conceded at the back. That stacks up with how we have seen them play in most games.
Since taking over in the summer, Swiss manager Lucien Favre has overseen a turnaround in fortunes for Borussia Dortmund, having finished fourth last season.
Dortmund have lost just once in all competitions this term and are running away with the Bundesliga, top of the table after 14 games, seven points ahead of second-placed Borussia Monchengladbach.
Monaco are a shambles. Dortmund look so much more balanced with him. He is not one of those who looks for confrontation or has anything bad to say to anyone.
He is a lovely guy who has found a way of improving a team that was lost last year. It is a completely different vibe around the club and they have so many players who are so exciting to watch.
He uses youth and plays different styles of football. They seem to be a fallen giant and RB Leipzig are not offering too much competition. Real Madrid have won the competition in four of the last five years, including the last three in a row under former manager Zinedine Zidane.
Can Santiago Solari repeat the trick and take them all the way this time or will Pep Guardiola lead Manchester City to glory for the first time?
Barcelona can come good too. They can concede easily in Europe. We have seen that against Lyon and Hoffenheim and if Fernandinho suffers any more injuries, there is not a natural replacement for him.
But they play the best football in Europe so we would like to see them reach far. Yes, he has made two errors leading to goals, but overall he has looked calm and assured and his passing has given Liverpool a new dimension in terms of setting up attacks.
The only question on the transfers is Naby Keita. Has he really hit the ground running? The other important side of it is to not let players leave because Liverpool have relied on the squad.
These are big decisions that Jurgen Klopp has to make. Attack-wise when we look at the players on display - Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son, Dele Alli, Lucas Moura and Christian Eriksen - you know they are a threat going forward because there are always goals in the team.
For me, the attack was never a major issue. Defensively, there have been questions asked. I think they have been poor at times.
They have missed key defenders, whether that is Jan Vertonghen or Toby Alderweireld. The transfers is the most difficult one to grade because in the summer people were saying they had made the wrong decision and needed to buy.
I was one of them. But has he got it right? We know the quality in attack. There are so many that you could talk about because they are so exciting going forward.
But the defence is the problem. Not only is it the defenders but it is losing Fernandinho because he plays such an instrumental role. He does so much work for those defenders off the ball in terms of organisation.
The full-backs know they can go forward with the security of him being there seeing the danger all the time. It was one of the biggest questions facing Manchester City.
If they lost Fernandinho then how would they cope? Well, they have lost the last two when he has not been there. That shows his importance.
They have been great compared to where they were last season under Antonio Conte. On the attacking side, I still feel they need a number nine.
They need a 20 to 30 goal-a-season man. That is what the best teams have. They have never really replaced Diego Costa and he is a game changer.
Defensively, they do ship goals but that is not because of the defence it is because of the open, expansive football.