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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Looking Ahead: Champions League Matchday 1

The beginning of the group stage of the Champions League is special and this season brings out a unique set of emotions. The absence of fans this year feels surreal because while technique and quality may be the most crucial part of the theatre, European nights are not the same without the special atmosphere created by crowds. On the flip side, while these opening rounds can at times feel long and drawn out, in this iteration, we get six consecutive weeks of Europe’s best taking on each other. This should lead to a level of unpredictability. After all, even the best in the business struggle with playing games every three or four days on a continuous basis. With that being said, let’s have a look at a few interesting fixtures on Matchday 1.

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