Leicester created history with their first ever appearance in the competition, becoming the first side to maintain 4 clean sheets in their opening four fixtures. Claudio Ranieri is a proud manager but are Foxes heading towards scripting another fairy tale? Well, only time will reveal but Leicester surely are a team to watch out for.
UEFA Champions League Matchday 4 served the fans with some real delight. The blistering two nights across Europe were full of exceptional and highly competitive football. Arsenal and PSG had to fight hard in their respective ties to maintain their grip at the top. Not to forget, that goal from Mesut Ozil was simply a masterpiece and worth remembering.
Besiktas held Napoli at home for a draw to keep things tight in Group B, whereas Benfica edged past Kyiv to level on points with Napoli. Still, things look muddled in Group B. Matchday 4 also saw Barça tasting defeat at the hands of Man City at Etihad. Revenge personified for Pep Guardiola.
Griezmann takes Atletico through after an intense encounter against Rostov. Bayern also strengthened their case for the second spot with a win over PSV. However, Falcao brace in the first half against CSKA helped Monaco fortify their grip at the top. The Colombian scored for the first time in the Champions League since 2010. In other news, Wembley is serving luck for Spurs as they tasted defeat once again. The second loss of the season demoted Spurs to the third spot. Kample’s goal helped Leverkusen seal a vital away win against Tottenham and make things interesting in Group E.
Wins at Wembley since 2012:
– Tottenham: 0
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Dortmund also stole an early lead after Legia frustrated Real Madrid. Ramos’ goal saw Dortmund maintain their unbeaten run and take hold of the pole position, whereas Legia came from behind to draw level on terms with Real Madrid in a 6-goal thriller. Well, nothing to worry as such for Real but things may get interesting in the coming Matchdays.
Porto took advantage to retain the second spot after Leicester and København settled for a goalless draw. Andre Silva proved to be scourge for Club Brugge once again, leaving them far behind.
Lyon earned a lifeline after Tolisso thwarted Juventus at home. Lyon managed to earn a crucial point against the Italians to create a slight chance of progression. However, Sevilla dismantled Dinamo to take hold of the pole position. Matchday 5 will be very vital for every side as teams are now heading towards a make-or-break situation.
This reverse fixture had something even greater than victory; vengeance! Pep Guardiola was served with plain humiliation topped when he revisited Camp Nou but when Barça visited Etihad, he wasted no time in returning the favor. Arguably, Pep’s men were at their finest and the strategies he crafted were simply outstanding.
FT: Manchester City 3-1 Barcelona
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Nobody expected this to happen when it came to Real Madrid visiting the stragglers, Legia. The Polish side displayed agility, proving that they can stand proud among European elites. Going down 1-0 in the first minute of the game and conceding two goals before the first half, everyone thought that Los Blancos was heading towards another devastating result. However, Legia came from behind not just to erase the deficit but also take the lead in the 83rd minute that was eliminated two minutes later by Kovacic. A rather encouraging result for Legia!
Sevilla has the pole position and are heading towards assured qualification to the next round. Anyhow, the team was at home against Dinamo but what the home side delivered was extradordinary. 4 goals and a clean sheet, that’s what you expect from a side playing in the Champions League. We can expect the Europa League Champions to create history this season.
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