6 things we’ve learnt so far from the Champions League
March 16, 20180
- Jose Mourinho is no longer the special one in the Champions League – He hasn’t won the Competition since 2010 and he has just two wins in the last ten knockout games. Fellaini is a symbol of everything that is wrong with Jose’s United and the result against Sevilla just reinforces the opinion that Mourinho is out of touch with modern football. Is it too much to ask a team that costs over $500m to win in style? Pep Guardiola’s feats with Manchester City shine a harsh light on Mourinho’s shortcomings.
- Liverpool’s attack should scare every club – The fantastic trio of Firmino, Mane and Salah are the deadliest strike force in Europe and look like they can cut through any defence. The dismantling of Porto was just another scalp and they are well placed to do some serious damage in the knockout round. Their defence might be porous but who cares when you can outscore your opponents. Manchester City are waiting for them in the next round and we can’t wait!!
- Messi is still amazing – No Neymar, no problem, as long as Messi is around Barcelona will be just fine. Messi showed his worth yet again as he put Chelsea to the sword and scored his 100th Champions League goal (in just 123 matches). Barcelona have now reached the quarter finals for the 11th straight year and who will bet against them going all the way?!
- Bayern are quietly going about their business – Nobody is talking about the Bavarian juggernauts and their coach wouldn’t have it any other way. After making light work of Besiktas, Jupp Heynkes has now won 11 straight games in the competition and he seems to have the magic touch.
- Manchester City need a proper test – They’re still on course to win the treble, and their style of play has wowed us all but they have to make a statement in Europe to validate all the acclaim they are receiving as one of the best club sides of all time. The meaningless defeat to Basel showed they are far from invincible and Liverpool await in the quarter finals, that’s when we’ll really know what they’re made of.
- Real Madrid might just make it 3 in a row – Don’t look now but Real Madrid are on a roll. They’ve won 10 of the last 12 games in all competitions after a disastrous defence of their La Liga title. After taking down Neymar and PSG in convincing fashion, can Juventus stop the back-to-back champions from making it a 3-peat?
by Ola-oluwa Osidele (@olazenmaster)