Spixler
See the offer
New customers only | Commercial content | 18+ age limit | T&Cs apply

What did we learn from Champions League Matchweek 1?

|

The 2021/22 Champions League has begun. Just what did we learn from a fascinating set of opening group matches?

What did we learn from Champions League Matchweek 1?

pronostics-ligue-champions-21-21-1

The 2021/22 Champions League group draw produced some fascinating pairings. Our lips are all drooling at the thought of matches such as PSG v Manchester City, Liverpool v Atletico Madrid, Manchester United v Villarreal and Barcelona v Bayern Munich. Let's look at what the first set of games delivered.

Bayern Caused Massive Problems for Barcelona

nl-st-nieuws-bayern-muller

It's not been the best of starts to the season for Barcelona. The loss of Lionel Messi was bad enough but their finances are in a mess and they've made a slow start on the pitch. It wasn't the best of news when they were drawn in the same Champions League group as Bayern Munich,

Even worse, it was their first fixture when their new look side wasn't getting results. They took on Bayern at home on September 14 and were beaten 3-0 with Robert Lewandowski scoring twice in the second half. Barcelona already look to be playing for second place in the group. The other game saw Dynamo Kiev held to a goalless draw at home by Benfica. Barcelona travel to Portugal on September 29 and already it's a game they dare not lose.

See the latest Champions League odds at Bet365

Shock Loss for Manchester United

nl-st-nieuws-man-utd-cristiano

Another club who have work to do are Manchester United. They may well have re-signed Cristiano Ronaldo but that didn't stop them losing 2-1 away at Young Boys in Group F.  Ronaldo was on target for United with his third goal in two games since his transfer from Juventus. However, United couldn't keep that lead and a 95th minute goal cost them the match.

The other match in the group saw Atalanta going to Villarreal and coming home with a 2-2 draw. Next up, it's United at home to Villarreal on September 29  in a repeat of the 2020/21 Europa League final. Then the Premier League side faces home and away fixtures against Atalanta. United are going to need some Ronaldo and Old Trafford magic if they are to avoid  another season when they end up in the Europa League.

Make your Champions League selections at Marathonbet

Manchester City Off to a Strong Start

mancity-2020-bernardo-foden-sterling-champions-league

Manchester City either play in a low-scoring match or one packed with goals. It was the latter when they took on RB Leipzig in their opening  Champions League Group A fixture. City had already put five past both Norwich and Arsenal at home before welcoming the 2020/21 Bundesliga runners-up to the Etihad.

City were able to leave Sterling, Jesus, Foden and Gundogan on the bench and still run out 6-3 winners. That's just the 11 goals that the German side has conceded in Champions League games played in Manchester this and last season. It's not often that Christopher Nkunku scores a hat-trick and sees his side lose by three goals.

It's clear that City have a strong set of players and will again be a major challenger in the Champions League. The other game in this group saw a surprise as Club Brugge were able to get a 1-1 home draw against PSG.  September 28 sees City travel to Paris hoping to get another win. They beat PSG twice last season and the French side have now gone four Champions League games (and three at home) without a win.

See the latest group news at Bet365

 

BOOKMAKER, WHAT TO CHOOSE?
1
Bet365
Bet365
Welcome bonus
2
1xbet
1xbet
BONUS
up to
$130
3
Vbet
Vbet
Welcome bonus
4
Betobet
Betobet
BONUS
up to
€100
5
Shangrila
Shangrila
BONUS
up to
€100
6
22bet
22bet
BONUS
up to
€122
7
888Sport
888Sport
BONUS
up to
£30
8
Betwinner
Betwinner
BONUS
up to
€130
9
Bwin
Bwin
BONUS
up to
£20
11
Betsson
Betsson
BONUS
up to
€125
13
Unibet
Unibet
BONUS
up to
£40
14
Betfair
Betfair
BONUS
up to
£100
15
Megapari
Megapari
BONUS
up to
100€
16
Parimatch
Parimatch
BONUS
up to
30£
17
188bet
188bet
Welcome bonus
19
LSbet
LSbet
BONUS
up to
£120
New customers only | Commercial content | 18+ age limit | T&Cs apply