16 games of MatchDay 2 came to an end yesterday, so Legit.ng now has some insight into how the season would pan out for most of the teams.
Among of many goals and brilliant personal performances there were several conclusions we made. Here are five things learned from the new matchday of UCL fixtures.
1. Mourinho will be fired within a few months
Man United fans are used to problems with the teams squad, bad results in the Premier League and scandalous headlines about the coach. Bit by bit they already put up with the situation, but every time someone well-known in Manchester blows media with bold statement, it all seems ridiculous.
Draw with Valencia became another proof that there is no more class to scare any rivals, and there is no confidence that troubles will go away while Mourinho is in charge. Fresh rumors about signing Pochettino are not so serious for now, but there are big doubts that Mourinho will stay with Red Devils in 2019.
2. Real Madrid fans miss Ronaldo, even if club doesn’t want to admit it
Everything was fine while Lopetegui had his main players on board. There was some good performances in La Liga, great 3-0 with Roma two weeks ago, and in general, seemed like everything was fine. But as soon as several key players failed to show themselves in Moscow and Los Blancos lost 1-0, we remember again it was CR7 who scored the most in matches like this.
Paradoxically, Isco's influence on team play seem’s critical in matches when he is not on the field. Ronaldo did not cause such an effect for Real, with or without him Galacticos seemed invincible. Anyway, for now Madrid has no time for regret. They need to move on and improve results in the absence of Portuguese.
3. PSG smashed Red Star, but that means nothing
6-1 at Paris with Crvena Zvezda may seem an incredible victory for PSG, but it is not. Last year we saw something similar while playing with Celtic (7-1) and in the end it led to nothing. First big match in the knockout stage at 1/8 - and PSG left the tournament.
We could say in the new season everything will be different only in case PSG got a draw, or tough win at Enfield. For now it doesn't really matter how many hat-tricks Neymar may have with poor clubs. We need to see PSG growth in big matches, without excuses. The potential is huge.
4. Not so easy to top the Group C for Liverpool
Napoli beat Liverpool 1-0 at home, so the situation in ‘group of death’ becomes even more interesting. Three big teams can handle the group stage and each of them now has one victory.
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If Liverpool lose confidence now we might see not just their exit from the Champions League, but there could be troubles in England too for them.
5. Messi is really on another level
Messi has not scored a Champions League quarter-final goal since 2013 but he has a staggering run of 10 matches which is almost unbelievable if you consider his goalscoring ratios in that time. It is not because he has poor spring stats, it’s just because since 2013, Barcelona have managed to make it beyond the last eight just once.
Victory 4-2 in London again reminded that Barca and their team leader wants more. Messi is on fire, and European glory for Catalonia can be very close.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Messi deserves FIFA award over Modric after UCL win over Tottenham according to Alba.
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