The UCL draw pots decided a gripping competition between the best clubs in Europe; finally including the clubs worth the shot in the competition and their first games this week featuring the most stirring matches; Barcelona vs Juventus, Tottenham vs Dortmund and Liverpool vs Seville and more
On Tuesday, we started the year with a nice Catalan (Barcelona) 3-0 win over the Old Lady (Juventus) with a brace from the best ever Leo Messi who after several games with the Juve finally scored against Gigi Buffon the 39 year-old goalkeeper proving he could score against any keeper, anytime he wants and by anyway he pleases. He only likes making people wait until it’s just perfect. A win that was in the eyes of most footballers an avenge from the Catalans for the previous meeting in April as Juventus killed the glory of their famous Remuntada against PSG with a 3-0 win in the first leg and a wasteful nil all in the second leg to knockout Barca from the road to Cardiff. Chelsea, PSG, Bayern and Man United opposing teams were much easier and less fun for us watchers to follow as Chelsea stroke a 6-0 win against Qarabag. PSG’s new front three MCN all scored in the 5-0 win against Celtic, Bayern against Anderlecht and Man United against Basel both took the lead in their games with a three goal difference and no goals conceded.
On the following day, more interesting games were played where we saw Mohamed starting for Liverpool in their draw against Seville (2-2) netting the second for the Reds and stealing their early lead but sadly the Sevillistas after a dead-ball situation for a period of time; they refused the loss when Correa put Muriel’s pass to use and scored the tie goal to give both teams one point each. On the grounds of Wembley Stadium, Tottenham won their first UCL game after 6 years of missing their spot in the competition against Dortmund (3-1), Son scored the first and Kane stole the show with a pair of goals and the Spurs took the lead!
In a Champions league night at the Bernabeu, the scoring machine aka Cristiano Ronaldo with a clinical finish from Bale’s pass and an awarded penalty in the start of the second half, he effortlessly gained the 3 needed points for his team and Ramos robbed a bicycle kick at the 60th minute that ended the game for the night. Man City’s all way to Netherlands was worth the effort, as they blew Feyenoord with a 0-4 in their home (De Kuip Stadium) heading back to England with the 3 points!
Still a long road to Kyiv ahead and the more we go, the narrower our expectations go. The Champions league will be back for Match day 2 on the 26th and the 27th at 8:45 pm. It’s Real Madrid’s time to meet Dortmund and Chelsea’s time to fly to Madrid for a game against Atletico. Not much of a thrilling week but a Champions league week can never be missed! You can check all the next games by clicking here