We are still yet to see a perfect week for English clubs in the Champions League, and it was a mixed bag of results again across matchday 2 in Europe’s premier club competition.
Two wins, one draw and one defeat was the outcome across two days, and if anyone is panicking right now, then it’ll probably be Chelsea, who have just one point from two games so far, two they were expected to win.
Spurs Kick Off the Week with Defeat in Portugal
The first English club to get going this week was Tottenham, in the early game on Tuesday and they left Portugal with nothing, despite looking likely to get a draw in the closing stages.
After 90 minutes, the game was 0-0, but two late goals for Sporting Lisbon gave them a victory, and hit Spurs right where it hurts in the final few moments of the game.
With a win on opening night, Tottenham have three points from two games, and are looking fine in the competition, though they really should have picked up a point from their away day in Portugal.
Liverpool Bounce Back from Napoli Embarrassment
There was a little pressure on Liverpool when they faced Ajax on Tuesday, not because it was a must win game, but because they needed to respond to the manner of their defeat against Napoli a week earlier.
It was good without being great from Jurgen Klopp’s men, but all he will be concerned about will be the fact that his team have put three points on the board. Ajax looked good in parts again, after a nice win over Rangers on the opening day, and will be looking to build on what they have done so far.
For Liverpool, it’s all about kicking on from here and showing their quality.
Haaland Wins it for Manchester City against Former Club
Of course Wednesday night’s clash between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund was going to be about Erling Haaland, and it was indeed.
A quiet first half and a lacklustre Manchester City performance continued in the second, and Jude Bellingham put Dortmund in the lead, with a nicely taken header.
Finally, with 15 minutes to go, City found their rhythm. Spurred on by a rocket from John Stones to tie the game, there was only going to be one winner, if another goal came, and it did in style from the boot of Haaland. A majestic volley from high up, a ball many wouldn’t have been able to reach, never mind direct towards the net, and the big Norwegian striker had made his mark, and sealed three points for his new club, against his former.
Chelsea Struggle Under Potter
The result in matchday one for Chelsea, a 1-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb, led to the sacking of Thomas Tuchel. Graham Potter has quickly taken over, but couldn’t get the win Chelsea needed on Wednesday, to give him a great starting point in his first game in charge.
Chelsea went ahead, but were pegged back by Salzburg at Stamford Bridge, on what was ultimately a disappointing night for The Blues.
Potter has plenty of work to do, and from all the English clubs so far, Chelsea should be the most worried. They have enough quality to still get out of this group, but need to get going quickly, otherwise a drop down to the Europa League may be on the cards.