Napoli had the standout performance, while Salzburg and Brugge proved there is still place for meritocracy in an increasingly stratified game. On the other hand, Sevilla and Leverkusen put in abject displays, bringing about the end of their manager’s reigns.
Club Brugge deliver the result of the round, Bayern and Real just know to win while Atleti and Juve struggle for European relevance.
Matchday 1 saw lots of success for the underdogs, with Club Brugge, Dinamo Zagreb and most impressively, Shakhtar Donetsk, all shining.
Analyzing the draw for the group stages of the Champions League and speculating about which sides may progress to the round of 16.