Champions League Grades: Matchday 3

A record 62 goals were scored in a fine round of matches in the Champions League. There was a lot on entertainment on offer with the usual share of talking points. Let’s assess how the 32 teams did on matchday 3.

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Looking Ahead: Champions League Matchday 3

The spectre of COVID looms large on the Champions League as Europe goes into a second lockdown and cases of players being infected are on the rise. How long football — especially cross border football — can continue is anyone’s guess, but while it is on, the best anyone can do is look forward to it. Matchday 3 means the pivotal double-headers of the group stage are here with these two games usually decisive in sealing progress to the knockouts. These are the five games that intrigue me the most in this round.

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Champions League Grades: Matchday 2

Matchday 2 of the Champions League group stages delivered its usual share of quality and entertainment. Let’s categorize the performances from excellent to poor in a round that saw lots of questions asked of Europe’s leading teams.

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Looking Ahead: Champions League Matchday 2

The relentless campaign continues for Europe’s top clubs as they juggle domestic weekends with European midweeks. After an interesting first round of games, we are back at it in the Champions League with another set of intriguing fixtures. I have picked out six games that could be significant.

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Champions League Grades: Matchday 1

Matchday 1 of the Champions League group stages is in the books and as usual there was a lot of drama, mixed with high quality of play and brilliant performances. Let’s assess how the 32 teams did, ranging from the excellent Bayern to the pedestrian PSG.

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