Lionel Messi returns to the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night but, for the first time in his illustrious career, he won't be in Barcelona colours.
Dusan Vlahovic scored the quickest-ever Champions League goal by a debutant starter as Juventus and Villarreal drew 1-1 in a match soured by an injury to United States midfielder Weston McKennie.
As FC Salzburg, Austrian champions with an average age of 23 (22, if you exclude their venerable left-back, Andreas Ulmer, who is 36), were coming within seconds of beating mighty Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night, Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte's musings on the importance of experience were doing the rounds in London.
Real Madrid would have been beyond fortunate to escape with a scoreless draw from the Parc des Princes on Tuesday night in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie with Paris Saint-Germain, but Kylian Mbappe's stoppage-time winner gave the hosts a deserved 1-0 win.
Even the most ardent Lionel Messi supporter would be forced to admit that things have not gone according to plan at Paris Saint-Germain.