Week two of the UEFA Champions League group stages has begun and the first night of fixtures has produced brilliant football.
It’s reminded us why we all love the competition and why it is arguably the best competition in the world.
Brugge Was Real Good
Club Brugge nearly pulled off one of the most famous wins in Champions League history when they nearly beat Real Madrid at the Bernabeu. The 13-time champions went behind before a late but controversial comeback saw them draw the game 2-2. The twenty-one-year-old Emmanuel Dennis was the star of the show scoring twice for his side. The Belgian side exposed all Madrid’s weaknesses and have sent them off the rails once again. They were supposed to try and gain momentum from the game, assuming it would be an easy victory, but it was far from it.
Real Madrid Did Not Turn Up
Madrid and Zidane have been a force to be reckoned with over the last few years in the Champions League; having won it shockingly enough three successive times. Although the draw with Club Brugge saved them from a third consecutive defeat. Zidane was brought back for a second stint to try and get Madrid back on track; but they don’t look like they’re getting anywhere. They are clearly a side in transition, especially after all their signings before the start of this season and need to make serious changes because with the quality of players they possess this is simply unacceptable.
Bayern Thrash Spurs
Bayern Munich made a clear statement to the rest of Europe with an emphatic 7-2 thumping of Tottenham Hotspur. Its been years since we’ve seen Bayern in such dominating form, but it’s also expected since they have built an incredibly strong team in recent time. Their roster goes deep and looks like they have a side that could win the Champions League this year. Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski were in devastating form, everything they touched turned to goals. Lewandowski ended the game on two, but the main attraction was Gnabry who blew us all away with four goals.
Embarrassing Football By Spurs
The big reason behind the compelling performance from Bayern was also due to the poor performance from Spurs. The London side have been struggling this season and it’s mainly due to the manager Mauricio Pochettino struggling to get his tactics right. He has been rotating the squad a lot trying to find the best team to fit his system but it’s not quite there as of yet. We should be seeing better from last seasons Champions League finalists.
Ronaldo Equals Another Record
Cristiano Ronaldo is now 34 years old but that has still not stopped him from equalling another Champions League record. Juventus beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 last night and Ronaldo scored one which levelled him with legend Raul for the number of sides scored against in the competition. The goal means that Ronaldo has astoundingly scored against 33 different opponents in the Champions League; further building onto his already iconic status.
The Rivalry Still Alive
We certainly back him to continue this form even if his reaching the end of his stellar career. He will need to keep up his goal-scoring antics as his arch-rival Lionel Messi has currently scored against 32 different sides and could easily catch up. Barcelona verse Inter Milan in their next group game. And they are a side that Messi has failed to score against meaning he could equal the score as well. Their rivalry is really a thing of beauty and something that we as the fans should cherish; as they both don’t have many more years left in their careers.