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Published on September 29th, 2017 | by Vieri Capretta

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Champions League Winners and Losers: Arrivederci Ancelotti

While there some bad nights for the likes of Liverpool, the biggest victim of all in the latest round of Champions League was a nightmare for FC Hollywood 

Winners

Napoli

Maurizio Sarri’s men put on a lovely display to find their first three points of the Champions League campaign and finally translate to Europe the style of play they show every week in Serie A, with Dries Mertens, Jose Callejon and Lorenzo Insigne getting the goals to beat a weak Feyenoord.

Real Madrid

The Blancos had never won in Dortmund and to do it so seamlessly is just the biggest warning for everyone else: Real Madrid are still the best team in Europa. Gareth Bale is returning to his best and that’s just an extra boost for Zinedine Zidane.

Tottenham

Finally convincing in Europe, where Harry Kane is showing everyone what a monster of a striker he is. A solid 3-0 victory, with the England forward grasping all three goals. Mauricio Pochettino can build on this to give Real Madrid a hard time in the upcoming two clashes.

Besiktas

Two wins out of two for the Turkish side who have been the most surprising and convincing teams so far in the Champions League. Besiktas lead their group and are really looking like they’ll still be in the competition come February.

Chelsea

The biggest victory of the night is the Blues’ one at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, with Michy Batshuayi firing home a last minute winner to send Chelsea into the circle of top clubs in Europe yet again. Antonio Conte have sent a clear sign of intents to everyone.

Paris Saint Germain

A complete demolition of Bayern Munich by the Parisians who could have gotten more goals and simply dominated against the German champions. Having Kyllian Mbappe, Edinson Cavani and Neymar upfront does make a big difference.

Losers

Bayern Munich

Without a doubt the biggest loser of the round, with Carlo Ancelotti ending his spell in Germany after his team crashed 3-0 against PSG. The score could have been even worse for the Bavarians, as the Italian manager decided to leave out Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery and ended up being sacked.

Borussia Dortmund

Real Madrid can be unplayable at times, especially if Gareth Bale is back to his best next to that beast that is Cristiano Ronaldo. But if Dortmund had never lost home to Madrid there must have been a reason, and the Merengues won far too easily, as Tottenham overtook the Germans in the group.

Monaco

For last year’s semifinalists to be demolished at home 0-3 is truly a terrible and unexpected result. Porto were of course on top form, but Leonardo Jardim’s side were just a ghost compared to the outfit lead last season by Kyllian Mbappe. Work has to be done.

Liverpool

Still no victory for Jurgen Klopp in this Champions League, as the Reds were held to a 1-1 draw in Moscow. The team has struggled to play the fluid attacking football they are capable of in the Champions League and now a victory in the next round becomes vital.

Atletico Madrid

After a lovely but unlucky display in Rome, Atletico have only one point from two games, having fallen at home to Chelsea. Diego Simeone’s men were completely tactically outplayed by Antonio Conte’s side, and now are behind Roma and Chelsea in the group.

Anderlecht

The Belgian side were never going to top the group, with Bayern Munich and PSG in it, but the two games against Celtic should define whether or not they can grab a spot in the Europa League. They lost 0-3 at home to the Scottish team, already making things very difficult in the battle for the third spot.

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