UEFA Champions League Matchday 3 Review

By  Umair Asif - 20 October 2016

Another Matchday of blistering and exciting football was witnessed in UEFA Champions League’s group stage. Seeing how the groups have progressing so far, it’s hard to deliver a final verdict, however, with just two Matchdays remaining before the round of 16, the intensity is growing unlike anything.

The big guns, including PSG, Arsenal, Bayern and Real Madrid secured wins, while some shocking results also made headlines. Both Arsenal and PSG delivered massive blows to their opponents and are the favorites to qualify for the next round from group A.

The major upset of Matchday 3 was witnessed in group B, where Besiktas, after two successive draws edged past the leaders, Napoli, in the dying moments of the game. Benfica also secured the first win of the season to make the atmosphere a bit tense in the group. M’gladbach got the better of Celtic who were promising against the English giants, Man City. 

Athletic Madrid continued their impressive unbeaten run adding another victory to their tally, whereas Bayern struck back to mark their dominance. Bayern Leverkusen once again proved to be a tough opponent to score against, holding Spurs for a draw, whereas Monaco were rather disappointing against their Russian counterpart. 

Broussia Dortmund and Real Madrid continued their battle for supremacy, destroying their opponents to dust in their respective ties. Similarly, Sevilla and Juventus are fighting a tough battle in their respective groups. Leicester, the surprise package of the competition, are proving their worth adding another win and another clean sheet to their tally. 

Top Fixtures

Barcelona 4-0 Man City

The highly anticipated match of UEFA Champions League Matchday 3 turned out to be a rather one-sided affair in favor of the Catalans. Nothing was as shocking as Barça demolishing Pep Guardiola’s Man City. City has been impressive since the magician took charge and was set to pull off a surprise at Camp Nou. Also, it was Pep’s return visit to the club he managed and played for.

However, nothing like that was in the shadows, and Messi and Co. exploited every loophole of Pep’s strategy.  It was quite unexpected to see Man City having no answers for Messi and Pep failing to impose a statement at Camp Nou in his second attempt as an opponent. The defeat has raised eyebrows of everyone at Manchester and it seems that Pep has a lot to do and yet to make a mark in Europe.  

Napoli 2-3 Besiktas

It was quite shocking to see Napoli losing points at home and that too against a side that has failed to impress in the first two weeks. Moreover, the Turkish side made it clear that they are here not to enjoy but to prove their mark and are right on spot with their game. Surprisingly, Besiktas is the only side in Group B without a defeat, with just one win. The result made it quite difficult for the other sides and the overall position of the group looks quite entertaining.

Standout Side

Arsenal

The team known for attacking and their beautiful style of play powered by Arsene Wenger came out and demolished Ludogorets. The derailing display of football shown by Gunners was remarkable and worth describing, especially Mesut Ozil. The guy known as the assist king embraced a hat-trick and was in fine conversion form. After such an astonishing performance, the Gunners have made their intentions clear.

It was quite a pleasant mid-week in the UEFA Champions League but to see the way Leicester is progressing proves that you should not stop dreaming and believing. After three exciting Match days in the competition, the expectations have increased and bars have been raised.

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