Champions League Week 1 – Recap

Chelsea vs M. Tel-Aviv – 4-0 Chelsea

A comfortable win for Mourinho’s men. They played a squad that doesn’t normally see the pitch and it worked out quite nicely, we’ll have to see if this translates to the Premier league. Hazard still doesn’t look up to snuff and his first half penalty miss proved that. However the other 10 players played well and finally gave the Chelsea faithful something to cheer about.

Chelsea won’t have a problem exiting the group stage this year.

Dinamo Zagreb vs Arsenal – 2-1 Dinamo Zagreb

Arsenal qualified for their 18th consecutive Champions League group stage, and Wenger’s men working looking to make quick work of lesser opposition Zagreb. However an early Oxlade Chamberlain own goal followed by sending off of star striker Oliver Giroud left Arsenal seriously shorthanded. A late goal by Theo Walcott couldn’t save the visitors. Wonderful game for Zagreb and encourages them to move forward in what is a semi-difficult group.

I see Arsenal coming back.

Manchester City vs Juventus – 1-2 Juventus

Another season, another difficult group for Sky Blue fans. Week one featured a giant clash between the front runners to exit the group. At home City had a chance to really prove their intent this season and they really didn’t show us much. Yes they had possession and controlled the play quite easily, however on the counter they look vulnerable and Juventus  took advantage of that. Buffon also played like only he can. Pure class.

City will hope to rebound in week 2.

PSV vs Manchester United – 2-1 PSV

Memphis didn’t have to wait long to have a return game at his former ground. However his former team had a nasty surprise for him. The Atmosphere was wonderful, such a loud and beautiful stadium. The game began with United showing their prowess and control of play, They were dealt a real blow 30 minutes in when Luke Shaw was stretchered off, it’s a big loss for United. Memphis didn’t have to wait long to find the net, a beautifully worked move and a tidy finish say the red devils take the lead. It didn’t last long and when the half time whistle blew it was 1-1.

The second half showed a more confident PSV side. The late goal only spurred them on, and they no longer looked afraid of the giant across the pitch. The match ended and PSV secured on of the larger upsets in recent memory.

United have a reasonably easy group, so i’m expecting them to bounce back and more then likely take tops of the group.


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