The 2 Mancunian clubs had a night to forget on the opening day of the #ChampionsLeague Group stage as the EPL’s best side by a country mile, #ManchesterCity went down 1-2 at home to the current worst side in the #SerieA, #Juventus thanks to a wonder goal by #Morata (he seems to come to life exclusively in the CL, doesn’t he?) while #Kompany picked up an injury as well that could keep him out of 2-3 weeks in the Premiership. They were missing #Aguero, sure, but it’s still hard to put a finger on what makes this City side so darn poor when it comes to Europe. For Juve, this could well be the tonic they needed to kick-start an otherwise shocking defense of their #Scudetto.
The red half of Manchester had it even worse as they lost 2-1 at #PSV after leading 1-0 from a #Depay goal and missing 3-4 unbelievably easy chances that should have killed off the game, while losing arguably their best player thus far, #Shaw to a rather unfortunate double fracture to his leg. He could well be out all season and #LVG is starting to look rather foolish behind that uber-cocky philosophy that he keeps going on about – #ManchesterUnited are a slow and imbalanced team inspite of the £250+ million they’ve spent. Light on attacking options (it shows in every game) and missing a top notch CB (#Blind is an incredibly intelligent and hard-working player but he is not a Center Back because he’s too slow and a few inches shorter than ideal – his headed own-goal today was a great example of what an inch or two in height makes). For the richest club in the modern game, it’s unacceptable that they lack the balance that money can buy nowadays and it won’t be long before patience wears thin on the arrogant dutchman and his ‘philosophies’. #AntoinneGriezmann is a great example of where they could have put their nonsensical valuations to work – he showed again today what a top finisher can do as he scored a double in #AtleticoMadrid’s 2-0 win away at #Galatasaray, while #CristianoRonaldo continued his incredible goal-binge, hitting a hat-trick in #RealMadrid’s 4-0 thrashing of visitors #ShakhtarDonetsk, albeit #Ramos and #Bale both picked up injuries and could be out a few weeks – United don’t have one player on the roster that resembles that kind of ability anymore, not because they can’t but because they’ve bought (and sold) like headless morons over the past 24 months. One of those sales, #AngelDiMaria showed just how good (and happy) he is now at #PSG as his 1st minute debut goal, followed by a routine #Zlatan second gave them a comfortable 2-0 win over Swedish underdogs #Malmö.
#Wolfsburg managed a 1-0 home win over visiting #CSKA; #Benfica put 2 past Kazakhstan’s entrant to the CL, #Astana and current #Europa champs #Sevilla hammered #Monchengladbach 3-0 in Spain to round out the results for day one.