The compressed football calendar means that the fans will enjoy another Champions League Gameweek less than seven days after the season’s opener. Last week’s matches were exciting, with the goals scattered across the various venues.
There were some fascinating upsets. Chelsea lost to Dinamo Zagreb which saw Thomas Tuchel fired the following day. A struggling Liverpool side also suffered a humbling loss away to Napoli.
And yet, the biggest drama was at the Metropolitano where Atletico Madrid had managed to defeat Porto in a three-goal thriller, with the first goal of the encounter scored in the 92nd minute.
Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Real Madrid all enjoyed comfortable victories at the end of proceedings.
Some mouthwatering fixtures are set to go down from tonight.
Review Of Gameweek 1
It was goals galore in Group A. Ajax thrashed Rangers 4-0 courtesy of some fine finishes from Mohamed Kudus and Steve Bergwijn. Piotr Zielinski scored a brace as Napoli made light of Liverpool 4-1.
In Group B, Club Brugge managed a 1-0 win against Bayer Leverkusen. There was extraordinary drama in Atletico Madrid’s 2-1 win against Porto with Antoine Griezmann scoring the winner in the 101st minute.
Robert Lewandowski notched a hat-trick on his European debut for Barcelona as they outclassed Viktoria Plzen 5-1 in Group C. Bayern Munich barely broke a sweat in defeating Inter Milan 2-0 at the San Siro.
Tottenham took advantage of a red card to Chancel Mbemba to defeat Marseille 2-0, with Richalison scoring both goals in Group D. Sporting eased to a 3-0 win against the Europa League champions, Frankfurt in the other group game.
Chelsea suffered a shocking 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb, who were mostly the better side in Group E. AC Milan was lacklustre, only managing to force a 1-1 draw away at RB Salzburg.
In Group F, the defending champions, Real Madrid turned the screw in the second half to defeat a spirited Celtic 3-0. Luka Modric, Vinicius and Eden Hazard all scored. Shakhtar Donetsk walloped Leipzig 4-1 at home in the other group match.
It rained goals in Group G. Erling Haaland continued his imperious form, scoring two in Manchester City’s 4-0 win against Sevilla. Marco Reus and Jude Bellingham were on target as Borussia Dortmund earned a comfortable 3-0 against Copenhagen.
It was the Kylian Mbappe show as PSG held on for a 2-1 win against Serie A giants, Juventus. Benfica put two past Maccabi Haifa in the other Group H game.
Preview Of Gameweek 2
Gameweek 2 promises plenty of drama and excitement.
Groups A-D will kick off the action on Tuesday, while Groups E-H will get theirs underway on Wednesday.
Jurgen Klopp will be under immense pressure to win when his Liverpool team hosts Ajax in Group A. Rangers face a tough test against a high-flying Napoli side at home. This match will be played tomorrow due to a 24-hour postponement.
In Group B, Atletico Madrid will be confident of securing the maximum points when they travel to take on Bayer Leverkusen. The other group game will see Porto take on Club Brugge in Portugal.
The headline fixture of the week is in Group C, where Bayern Munich takes on eternal rivals, Barcelona. Inter Milan will hope to get its first points of the Champions League season when it travels to face Viktoria Plzen.
Sporting versus Tottenham presents a tasty encounter in Group D. Marseille will entertain Eintracht Frankfurt.
In Group E, Graham Potter begins life as Chelsea coach with a home game against RB Salzburg. Serie A champions, AC Milan, will welcome Dinamo Zagreb to the San Siro.
Marco Rose enjoyed an excellent win in his first game in charge of Leipzig. However, he faces a tough test against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu tomorrow. Shakhtar Donetsk and Celtic will face off in the other Group F game.
Manchester City’s Erling Haaland will be back in Germany to face his former team, Borussia Dortmund in Group G. Copenhagen will do battle against Sevilla.
In Group H, Juventus squares off against Benfica, as PSG travel to Israel to take on Maccabi Haifa. Lionel Messi, Mbappe and Neymar headline a strong squad for the Parisians.
Predictions For Gameweek 1
Liverpool vs Ajax (over 2.5 goals)
Bayer Leverkusen vs Atletico Madrid (2)
Porto vs Club Brugge (1)
Viktoria Plzen vs Inter Milan (2)
Bayern Munich vs Barcelona (over 3.5 goals)
Sporting vs Tottenham (over 1.5 goals)
Marseille vs Eintracht Frankfurt (over 2.5 goals)
Rangers vs Napoli (over 1.5 goals)
AC Milan vs Dinamo Zagreb (under 3.5 goals)
Chelsea vs Salzburg (over 1.5 goals)
Shakhtar vs Celtic (1)
Real Madrid vs Leipzig (over 2.5 goals)
FC Copenhagen vs Sevilla (under 3.5 goals)
Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund (1)
Juventus vs Benfica (over 1.5 goals)
Maccabi Haifa vs PSG (2)