On Tuesday 29th October, and Wednesday 21st October, the first leg of the 2020/2021 UEFA Champions League season playoff. We witnessed the return of Europe’s most thrilling football competition and the art of top soccer athletes.
The group stages of the tournament began with surprises and might just end with some more. In this article, we go over some of the unexpected match results from the UEFA champions league 2020/21 opener and matches to watch out for in the group stage:
Paris Saint Germain vs. Manchester United
Perhaps the only surprise from this encounter was the fact that PSG could still lose to Manchester United after their performance last season. The men from Paris made it to the finals last season but fell behind to Bayern Munich in a 1-0 contest.
Two seasons ago, Manchester United beat PSG 1-3 at the Parc des Princes stadium; everyone thought the Parisians would make a statement in this match with a win. But they fell behind 2 goals to 1 to the Reds.
Chelsea vs. Sevilla
Ok, not much surprise, but here is a match where a 300 million Euro Chelsea squad faces a firepower Sevilla and it ended 0-0. Fans were left a bit disappointed and so are we.
Real Madrid vs. Shakhtar Donetsk
Real lost 0-1 to newly-promoted Cadiz last week in La Liga Santander; so it came more like a shock when Shakhtar put them 2-3 to the sword again at home.
Fans all over social media brought Real Madrid’s manager Zinedine Zidane under fire. But we feel the manager can only do much. With these results, Real Madrid needs a total squad rethink.
Pretty much every other game produced expected or near results, especially Bayern Munich who pounded Athletico Madrid 4-0 as a warning of their intent to retain the European Champions crown.
Now, let’s see the top group matches that you can’t afford to miss:
Barcelona vs Juventus: The long-awaited Messi vs. Ronaldo meeting after 3 years since Christiano Ronaldo left La Liga would finally happen. Twice!
Athletico Madrid vs Bayern Munich: The Germans already drew first blood with their 4-0 victory over their Spanish rival. But all roads lead to the Wanda Metropolitano for the return leg.
Manchester United vs PSG: Neymar and Mbappe have still got a chance to prove to Europe that Manchester United is not superior to the entire French football.
Sevilla vs Chelsea: The return leg of this encounter would hold at Seville and we can’t wait to see it! Perhaps, this is one of the most anticipated encounters after Barcelona vs Juventus.
Real Madrid vs Inter Millan: These two giants would meet in the third week of the tournament. A big one. We would get to finally see Zidane take on Conte in a European competition.
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Chelsea receives thrashing at home
For their very first match, Chelsea receives a brutal 3-2 defeat at the hands of Burnley FC. Sean Dyche, the manager of the winning club, proves that last year’s failure does not limit this year’s success. But more than this, many have hinged on this defeat saying it is more of a sign that Antonio Conte has lost his victory formula, and he is gone from being the fierce Teflon Don manager to being an unrecognisable complacent coach. Thibaut Courtois justifies this defeat, though, as a consequence of freak absences. By freak absences, he meant the shocking red cards flagged up for captain Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas. Diego Costa’s so-called exile can also be included as a resultant factor. This sped up the victory of Burnley, getting Chelsea off to a humiliating start.
All credit, however, goes to Marcus Alonso, the daring defender who brought the double to fruition. He is indeed the man of the moment. And his win is even more endearing against his unpleasant background. He was considered a mere glitch in Real Madrid. And most thought he didn’t have the guts of a Chelsea player.
This perception of him, however, is about to fizzle out. If it already has not faded away by now. While he only created goals in the past, taking little credits here and there, he has come upfront to being an indispensable scorer. The twist to this is that talks of his being replaced by other high profile players, specifically Juventus’ Alex Sandro and Tottenham’s Danny Rose had pervaded the air. But with the stunt he pulled against the Spurs, Conte will have to rethink the decision of dispensing with him. Or even forget he ever thought about it.
The new ‘unstoppable’ for this Premier League
Stunning 4-0 victories in two consecutive games! Call it chance games, call it sheer luck, however way you decide to see it, this is definitely worth calling remarkable. If you have been in tune with the Super Sports channels on your DStv, GOtv and Startimes decoders, you would relate to the fact that Manchester United are digging deep for the title this season in more dynamic ways than expected. Not only have they demonstrated athletic acumen in their games against West Ham United and Swansea FC, they have also discovered new premier league goalscorers.
THOSE WHO MADE IT HAPPEN
Paul Pogba has been described the man of these matches, even joining the exclusive list of Manchester United’s exceptional scorers who ended one season with a goal, and the very next with a goal too (as seen in his stunning goal in the match against West Ham). Another is Anthony Martial, who has started out on an excellent note this season by scoring two goals in two games. New upstart he may be, but he seems to be blending well on the field with the likes of Romelu Lakaku and Paul Pogba. It was their rueful synergy that offset the three goals produced in just four minutes at the Swansea’s Liberty Stadium.
Another is Anthony Martial, who has started out on an excellent note this season by scoring two goals in two games. He seems to be blending well on the field with the likes of Romelu Lakaku and Paul Pogba. It was their awesome synergy that offset the three goals produced in just four minutes at the Swansea’s Liberty Stadium. While Jose Mourinho insists that Marcus Rashford still has to learn how to adapt to difficult situations and hostile treatments from rival fans, it is evident that the young chap has gotten off to an impressive start this season.
Jose Mourinho has a lot to boast about his shrewd choices and bargains in the pre-season market. The inclusion of new players like Nemanja Matic, Romelu Lakaku and Victor Lindelof has proven to be quite tactical moves. Romelu Lakaku, on his part, is a perfect example of how a faithful never strays far from his master. During Mourinho’s stay at Chelsea, he was an abiding presence before he was transferred to Everton. Now back with Mourinho in Manchester United, he is proving to be just the striker that Manchester United needs. It would indeed appear that Manchester United is the new unstoppable for this English Premier League.
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It is time for football fans to again feel the thrills and tremor of football. Only this time, the thrills are being felt even before the first goals tear through the nets. Prior to the English premier league 2017 which is set to start on the 11th of August 2017 and end on the 13th of May 2018, unanticipated events have been taking place. These events have raised the adrenaline of fans all over the world and hinted them on just how tough and particularly unpredictable this football season is going to be. We at Vtpass are dedicated to making sure you do not lose out on any fun this premier league season.
As gratifying as this is, it has won Chelsea stronger contenders for this year’s premier league 2017. Pep Guardiola, Manchester City’s coach, has proven that he will be one hard nut to crack this season. Due to his performance last season, the French newspaper L’Equipe has preferred him over Conte. They have named him best football coach. There are other upcoming coaches that might prove a strong challenge to Chelsea in this year’s premier league.
TRANSFER DEALS FOR ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE 2017-18
The transfer deals this season has been super terrific, even shocking! Nemanja Matic, one trending midfielder of defending champions, Chelsea FC has been transferred to Manchester United after a £40 million bid on him. Most fans see this as quite a strange action, considering Matic’s remarkable input last season. But it seems Conte has his eyes on a bigger fish. He wrestles with Manchester United over Bale, who is currently playing for Real Madrid.
Not only that, Chelsea is bidding for Southampton’s star player, Virgil Van Dijk. But their transfer deal is not about to go down without a hitch. Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal are also other options lined up for him. However, it is more likely that Chelsea will get Van Dijk. They have the favour of Southampton’s fans. But they are most likely to lose their bid for Bale.
More so, Wayne Rooney of Manchester United has rejoined his alma-mater team, Everton, after playing thirteen years for Manchester United. This has created a yawning gap whose job to fill has been given to Michael Carrick. Thus, he is now the new captain of the Manchester United squad.
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