CHAMPIONS LEAGUE, MATCHDAY II RECAP
The slump continues for Real Madrid…
Real Madrid were a bit wayward (see Toni Kroos’ careless pass and the Varane misread for the CSKA Moscow goal) and yes, were a bit unlucky to not snatch at least a draw. Admittedly, Madrid was short four key players in Gareth Bale, Marcelo, Sergio Ramos and Isco but this team, partly second string, should be able to do way better than lose to CSKA. It is now three games without any player scoring for Real Madrid. Who needs Ronaldo eh?
Manchester City yet to display their ‘favourites’ status…
Pep Guardiola’s team has found it difficult to stamp their authority on this seasons’ Champions League so far considering that they are the favourites to win it. They showed great resolve to win away from home after conceding in under one minute. They reacted brilliantly and had a blatant call for a penalty that was not given. However, they really need to step up their game a lot if they intend to clinch the trophy come the end of the season. The question now is, can they?
Manchester United in a rot..
On the red side of Manchester, things are not getting any better. If you did not watch this game, you did not miss anything. Now things are a bit uncertain for them as they now have to face the Old Lady for their third and fourth games. Now the final game at the Mestalla is looking like a very important game for them.
Messi (and Barcelona) shine in Wembley..
Messi started this game from the off, unlike when he was brought on over the weekend and was hands down the game’s standout player with two goals and some great play. The issue for Barcelona now is that once Lionel Messi is below par, there is nobody in this team (as good as they are) to take the initiative and take the game to the opposition. That is quite concerning. On the other side, Tottenham were wayward with some of their passes at the back leading to turnarounds in dangerous positions. Going forward, they were a real pain for Barcelona (who cannot defend even if their lives depended on it) and could hav had more goals as well. The group is living up to its hype as Tottenham now has to win PSV Eindhoven in their next two games to stand a chance of qualifying.
Liverpool falter, PSG thrash Red Star Belgrade..
Things seem to be evening out now. Liverpool has not won in three games now, albeit against very stubborn opposition. Against Napoli, they created very little and the front three struggled to make any impact. It also seems that Mohammed Salah is regressing to the mean as he has been wasteful and inefficient over the last couple of games. Napoli were very confident and the goal, albeit in the last minute, was quite timely. For Paris St Germain, they just rolled over Red Star Belgrade, Marco Marin (remember him?) getting on the scoresheet for the visitors. But the real question still is; can they do it when the big boys come around?
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