Maxime Valy

After two games, the Champions League group tables are starting to…

After two games, the Champions League group tables are starting to take shape.

Some teams are already at the ‘must-win’ stage, others are confident of sailing through by November and Lionel Messi remains out of this world. It’s been another great week of Champions League action.

Without further delay, here’s our take on the best of it.

Messi at his mesmerising best

We ran out of superlatives for this guy around ten years ago. The things he can do on a football field are just crazy but come so naturally to him.

He was enthralling again on Wednesday as Barcelona won 4-2 at Wembley. Every touch, move and pass looked effortless and took the breath away.

And, of course, he scored the two crucial goals in the second half.

That Rakitić volley

We could watch this on a loop for hours. The Croatian doubled Barcelona’s lead against Spurs with such elegance, and the ball thwacking the inside of the post makes this goal a masterpiece.

On this form, how could you bet against Messi and Co this time around?

We don’t want this to all be about Barcelona but we must add: Suárez and those dummy runs, phwoar!

Real Madrid draw a blank


Three games without a goal now for Julen Lopetegui’s men makes it the club’s worst run in eleven years. They started the season not missing Cristiano Ronaldo at all but now look like they’ll never find the back of the net again.

Losing at CSKA Moscow was a poor result for the current European champions but they’re remaining relaxed.

“With hard work and by keeping calm, we’ll get back on the goal trail,” insisted the Real coach. We hope for his sake they do. Next up it’s Viktoria Plzeň at the Bernabéu.

 Neymar the record-setter

Two stunning free-kicks. Tricks, flicks and three goals. Hat-trick hero Neymar was in stunning form as he and PSG ripped Red Star Belgrade apart.

The Samba star has been in incredible form this season and, after netting his 30th Champions League goal, is level with Kaká as the Brazilian with the most strikes in the competition.

“He was excellent. It was the great Neymar, as he has already proved in the past,” said team-mate Thomas Meunier. “We all know his qualities. We can be proud to have a player like that in our team.”

They certainly can.

Liverpool can be beaten after all


As Daniel Sturridge hit the top corner at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, it seemed the red machine could not be defeated this season. However, Liverpool were well below-par in Naples on Wednesday.

Though it looked like they would steal a point despite the turgid display, Lorenzo Insigne struck in the final minute. Ouch.

“No attempts on target, I don’t remember when that happened last time,” said manager Jürgen Klopp. “It’s always a bad sign to say when your goalkeeper is your best player.”

Moving on up


Usually when a player is loaned out, it’s to gain experience at a lower level or signals he is not good enough and on his way out.

Well, while Everton were being dumped out of the EFL Cup at home to Southampton, Nikola Vlašić was netting the winner for CSKA Moscow against Rea