This week’s UEFA Champions League results provided some upsets and a few talking points. Manchester City went to the Bernabeu and came out with a 2-1 victory against all odds. Lyon beat Juventus 1-0 at home, a very impressive result, given that talisman Memphis Depay is out for the season. Ahead of the return leg in the coming weeks, here are three things we learned about the Champions League this week.
ALPHONSO DAVIES STARS AT THE BRIDGE
Bayern Munich faced off against Chelsea in what was a rematch of the 2012 Final. Chelsea ended up winning on that occasion, but it was the German side that ran out the victors this time around. The Bavarians hit second gear in the second half, with former Arsenal winger Serge Gnabry putting two past Willy Caballero. Robert Lewandowski scored a third precious away goal for Bayern, but it was Alphonso Davies that stole the show on the night. The Canadian dominated the left side with his speed, getting past Reece James on multiple occasions. Chelsea had no answers for him on the night, as Davies kept bombarding forward on the left flank. If he keeps this up, Davies is a shoo-in for the best left-back award in Europe.
REAL MADRID HIT THE SELF-DESTRUCT BUTTON (AGAIN)
Things just keep going from bad to worse for Real Madrid. Never mind their horrific domestic form as of late, Los Blancos had two feet on the gas pedal against Manchester City before giving away two late away goals. Two quickfire strikes by Gabriel Jesus and a penalty by Kevin De Bruyne turned the night around for the Manchester side. To make matters worse, Sergio Ramos got sent off late on for bringing Jesus down just outside the penalty area. Madrid will now travel to Manchester for the second leg without Ramos. Next up for Madrid is Barcelona at the weekend. It just won’t get any easier for Real Madrid.
LYON UPSET JUVENTUS
When Juventus were drawn against Lyon, not many thought the French side would defeat them in either game. Lyon proved the haters wrong, by producing a collective performance against the champions of Italy. They worked hard all night to keep the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala out, sitting back and hitting Juventus on the counter. Houssem Aouar, in particular, shone in the evening, playing a well-timed pass to Lucas Tousart for the game’s winning goal. Lyon now take a 1-0 lead to Turin for the return leg. Although the lead is slim, an away goal might be all it takes for Lyon to advance to the next round at the expense of Ronaldo and company.
Those were the three things we learned points from this week’s Champions League action. Honorable mention goes to Napoli for their spirited performance against Barcelona.
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