Champions League football made it’s glorious return this mid-week and German clubs were in action.
There was a different aroma around the Champions League this year, no Schalke or Wolfsburg, Pep Guardiola in charge of Manchester City and a hint of confidence from the Deutschland clubs.
This week we saw Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach in action and it is fair to say, it was a mixed week as well as a different one. As you’re probably aware, Gladbach were meant to play Manchester City on Tuesday but with torrential rain battering the Etihad pitch, they decided to postpone the match – which was then scheduled for Wednesday.
Andre Schubert and Pep Guardiola locked horns once again but the Spaniard was in charge of the sky blue and not the red of Bayern Munich.
Already in a very tough group, the Foals couldn’t have got off to a worser start in Group C. Pep Guardiola’s men eased past Schubert’s side, Sergio Aguero’s hot streak as striker showed no signs of slowing down as the Argentine bagged a hat-trick in Manchester City’s 4-0 win at home.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side started their Champions League Campaign off in tremendous fashion. They opened their European Cup campaign against Russian side FK Rostov.
The Bavarian’s continued their run of scoring 3+ goals and conceding none as they demolished the Russians on their Champions League debut 5-0.
Bizarrely it wasn’t the Polish talisman Robert Lewandowski who was the pick of the scorers and in fact Joshua Kimmich who grabbed a brace which were his first ever Champions League, a week after grabbing his first Germany goal. Also on the scoresheet were Thomas Müller and Juan Bernat.
After 15 minutes, it seemed like the floodgates were opening for Roger Schmidt’s side against CSKA Moscow following goals from Admir Mehmedi and Hakan Calhanoglu.
But their happiness soon turned to disappointment as the Russians hit back with two first half goals on their own within two minutes through Alain Dzagoev and Roman Eremenko.
Elsewhere in the Werkself’s group, AS Monaco beat Spurs 2-1 at Wembley Stadium.
Borussia Dortmund travelled to the Polish capital of Warsaw on Wednesday and they received a baptism of fire from the hostile Legia Warsaw fans.
In a game marred by fan disturbances which saw Legia charged with six crowd trouble offences after it was reported that stewards were attacked with pepper spray.
Thomas Tuchel’s side did the talking on the pitch and dominated the Poles, thrashing them 0-6.
Mario Götze got his first goal since rejoining Dortmund, Marc Batra and Raphael Guerreiro both opened their Borussia Dortmund accounts in the rout.
Elsewhere in Group F, Real Madrid scored a 95th minute winner to snatch a point away from Sporting CP who had been leading since shortly after half-time.