Sorry Tottenham walloped at home..
Tottenham has been abysmal away from home. On Tuesday, they brought that form home. Losing 4-2 to Bayern Munich at home as at 61 minutes is not a disaster, conceding three goals in five crucial minutes is. The passing from the back was so atrocious that you expected it to stop at a point. Bayern Munich and Serge Gnabry – the Arsenal ‘reject’- was so clinical you somehow felt for Tottenham. After losing a two-goal lead at Olympiacos, this season’s Champions League has not started well for last year’s finalists. The clock is ticking.
Real Madrid salvage point at the Bernabeu..
Real Madrid, though top of the La Liga, are not having a good Champions League campaign. After losing to Paris St. Germain in game-week 1, they had to dig deep to come back and get a point against Club Brugge. Defending seems to be a problem for the top teams this season.
Chelsea picking up steam..
Chelsea showed a lot of character to get their first point of the Champions League season by facing a good Lille side. Frank Lampard is slowly adjusting to his new role and this young side looks like they still have a lot to show for the faith put in them. Youngster Reece James started in midfield and looked impressive once again. Next up for Chelsea: Ajax Amsterdam, the team that confidently beat Valencia- the team that beat Chelsea at the Bridge- at the Mestalla.
Liverpool finally pull through in tight encounter..
Liverpool almost did an AC Milan in the Instanbul 2005 Champions League Final. Luckily, they had enough to finally get past Salzburg. The defending by the Reds has been bad this season in the UCL and Van Dijk has not been the colossus that he has been in the past. Conceding five goals in two games is not stuff of Champions. They are still in it though.
Juventus and Atletico Madrid have easy wins..
The two likely candidates to qualify from this group won comfortably with Ronaldo getting on the scoresheet again. Joao Felix scored his first Champions League goal and his compatriot Ronaldo scored only one goal, surprisingly.
Nothing else to see here. Moving on.
Barcelona show grit to win against Inter Milan..
For 50 minutes, Inter Milan’s game plan worked to a tee. Antonio Conte seems to have done wonders at Inter Milan and has led them to believe they can fly after their auspicious start to the season. The thing with playing big teams (not you Arsenal) especially away from home is that you have to be on your ‘A-game’ for the whole game. Credit has to go to Valverde for the changes he made because one of them, Arturo Vidal, was the one with the assist for the vital equalizer. Suarez providing the sublime finish. A little bit about Suarez here; he has not had a good start to the season. He has been booed and received a lot of stick from Barcelona fans. You know what they say; form is temporary, class is permanent. He may not be everybody’s cup of tea but he showed up when they needed him most. The goals were so good that we are finding a hard time deciding which goal was better. On the other side, a player like Griezmann did not have his best night especially because he generally occupies the same space that a certain little Argentinian does. Dembele was a bit more direct but gave the ball away a lot of times. Ultimately, Barcelona got the very vital win and can build from here on.