(ESP-ENG) Sube el telón de la Champions League!
Hello friends, good vibes to all
Finally the day arrived, September 19 marked the start of a new edition of the most important club competition in the world, the Champions League. A tournament that has to be said to have a couple of peculiarities that for fans are not minor, at least for me they are not, and that is that it is the first time after many years, I do not have the exact ones, that we will enjoy a Champions League without Cristiano and Messi. To them I would add Karim Benzema who was or is a real goal machine. But well, we will have to witness the new strikers and generations that we hope will be able to maintain the high level.
Yesterday started with a series of very interesting matches, Milan vs Newcastle or PSG vs Dortmund but we would also see the beginning of the path of the current champions or the new era of a Barcelona that is really giving a lot to talk about. Let's start with them, with the Xavineta, a team that in their last two games have scored 10 goals and conceded none but the most important thing is the game they are playing. This has a couple of reasons to be: the two Joao, Felix and Cancelo. And when players come to a team and are quickly connected, especially with the quality of both of them, it can be an important boost when it comes to making matches.
I am not a big fan of Joao Felix I have to confess, not so much for his play but for his attitude, there is something about him that does not fit me but I guess if he does the performances he has been doing then everything else does not matter, 3 goals and an assist are his numbers in two games, a barbarity if you ask me. Yesterday Barca gave a recital but one like they hadn't given for a long time, not so much for the amount of goals but for the dominance they imposed on the pitch. The arrival of Gündoğan and the two Portuguese players has been vital for the good performance of Xavi's team, who now seem to have a clearer sky, now they see the passes that need to be made, there is clarity when it comes to creating play, they are more incisive and direct and above all they are more forceful.
If this Barcelona team keeps up the pace shown yesterday and this weekend, they will be a team that will thrill their fans and strike fear into their opponents. I see a lot of quality in this squad and you have to take into account that Pedri is injured, youth is being a key factor for the resurgence of this team. On another field but this time in England, at the Etihad, the champions made their debut, Manchester City would face Red Star Belgrade in a game that in theory seemed to be a mere formality for Pep Guardiola's team but at times the citizens could not see the light at the end of the tunnel despite the vast dominance they had.
Given Haaland's lack of goals in the Champions League, because in the Premier League it is a different matter, the Argentine Julián Álvarez had to come to the rescue and could easily have scored five goals last night but fortune only allowed him to score two. As I said, City was everything during the 90 minutes, there was no space for the Serbians to manage or set up their game except in the play of the goal and in the last moments of the first half thanks to a series of touches in the midfield came the initial goal of Estrella to put the 0-1 and thus surprise everyone present and it could not be believed that with all the chances generated in the 45 minutes they went to the locker room down on the scoreboard.
Fortunately for City, the wait would not be too long, and two minutes into the second half, Julian would score a brilliant goal with the help of Haaland, leaving the rival goalkeeper stranded thanks to a great dribble. The same tone would be maintained, Manchester would continue with full control, generating scoring opportunities but the truth is that these would cost a lot to arrive, Haaland was very anxious, you could see his desperation to score a goal and that often exceeds the player himself to the point of blocking himself, the goal simply closes to him. In the end it would be a 3-1 with another one by Julian thanks to a mistake by the goalkeeper and the third one a long distance shot by Rodri who was the best player on the field yesterday, the Spaniard is really an engine.
But if what you want is a sample of inefficiency and lack of absolute lack of effectiveness, go and see how Milan's match against Newcastle went. According to the statistics, the Italians had 25 shots on goal and a slight advantage in possession of the ball, but this was not reflected in the game because for many moments it seemed that there was only one team on the pitch, the Rossoneri. Rafael Leão had a few goals, as did almost the entire Milan attacking line, but it was impossible for them to breach the opponent's goal. The situation of this team is a bit delicate and they lost the derby della Madonnina by a heavy 5-1 which made some alarms go off. Everything is more regrettable because Newcastle did absolutely nothing, no merit so yes, this match should have been won by AC Milan, let's hope it does not weigh on them in the future.
In other results PSG beat Dortmund 2-0 with a goal by Mbappe on penalty, in shots they were almost equal but when it comes to possession there is a clear advantage for the French. I thought that the German team would make it more complicated but it was not so, this is a complicated group, any defeat or victory will count for a lot. And Cholo's Atletico had an impressive match tied in the last minute of stoppage time and at the feet of Lazio's goalkeeper, the Italian Ivan Provedel. It was crazy how the Spaniards let go an extremely important victory playing as visitors at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. Today's match day continues with some very promising games that we will be commenting on tomorrow.
¡Un abrazo a todos, nos leemos en la próxima!
Well my people that's all for today, I hope you liked it.
¡Hugs to all, see you next time!