After the final whistle, Tuchel smiled and the sadness of last season’s defeat against Bayern Munich was laid to rest once and for all. In Porto, Tuchel stood among the litter of blue and silver glitter as a winner, the mastermind of a triumph that writes his name in Chelsea history.
Chelsea toyed with Real Madrid as if they were playing against one of the minnows in European football. The Blues could have scored more and handed the Los Blancos a humiliation. It was one of the best displays in this event for Chelsea, while Real Madrid would love to forget it.
Well, PSG remain poor on home soil and better away – Pep knows this very well and he is well aware that they can turn things around in Eithad; but at the moment, he would relish but keep his feet on the ground, while thinking about the night in Paris – City has the upper hand at the moment.
The brouhaha about the European Super League still exists and in between the backlash and varied opinions from every corner of the globe the midweek, football is active because the show must go on. It was time for Real Madrid to face Cadiz after the dull draw a few days back and this time around there was no shock, rather, a dominating victory.
World football is yet to recover from the topsy-turvy last two days and while each and everyone was busy protesting against the European Super League; UEFA officially announced the changes in the format of the Champions League which would be active from the 2024-25 season.
On the 109th anniversary of the maritime disaster, Real Madrid, with their patched-up unit, defended by dropping the anchor and would not let Liverpool’s heavy-pressing-intent destroy their plan. Zidane has galvanized a fragile unit that was down and out six months ago and has achieved success with those players who have spent the season on the fringes
The photo of Neymar holding the Man of the Match award after the match might not have impressed his critics because at present the performance of a player is judged more on the basis of how many goals he scored and assists provided, but one of the best performances can come even without those and when a player does such, you have to realize the greatness of that player.
Led by the pace and skill of Vinicius Junior, the outstanding command over the ball in the midfield of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, the leadership of Ramos and the finishing of Karim Benzema Real Madrid progressed to the Champions League quarterfinals on a windy night at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium for the first time in three seasons with a 3-1 win over Atalanta in the second leg of their last 16-tie.
Thiago Alcantara had one of the best nights in a Liverpool shirt while finally, the front three responded despite wasting too many opportunities, but in the end, the Red Machine needed an anchor to make them functioning yet again- Fabinho was that anchor and the hero at Budapest.
In a night of expectations and anxiety, FC Porto held their nerves to conquer Turin leaving Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo stunned. The spirit of Porto deserved to advance further