A round-up of the first round of Champions League fixtures for the 6 British Clubs.
Manchester United 3-0 Basel
Apart from an early hamstring injury to Paul Pogba, this was a comfortable return to Champions League football for United. Mourinho rotated his defence and midfield, with Marouane Fellaini making a comeback. The Belgian opened the scoring and Romelu Lukaku made it 2-0 in the second half. There was still time for Marcus Rashford to come on and grab his first Champions League goal. Job done.
Chelsea 6-0 Qarabag
Chelsea couldn’t have asked for a nicer first Champions League tie. Pedro began the rout in the 5th minute and it just kept going from there. Antonio Conte will be particularly pleased to see summer signings Davide Zappacosta and Tiemoue Bakayoko on the scoresheet. The Blues will face a much tougher test away at Atlético Madrid.
Celtic 0-5 PSG
Celtic fans were both excited and nervous as PSG’s superstars came to town. By half-time, the Scots were 3-0 down, with Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani scoring one goal each. It was a tough night of Champions League football for Brendan Rodgers’ team.
Liverpool vs Sevilla
Sevilla should be Liverpool’s toughest opponents in Group E. The Spanish team features two familiar faces for Manchester City fans: Jesús Navas and Nolito. They’ve made a solid start to the La Liga season but Anfield is Anfield. Still, Jürgen Klopp’s side will need to put their weekend humiliation behind them to pick up all 3 points.
Feyenoord vs Manchester City
This trip to the Dutch champions won’t be straightforward for Pep Guardiola’s team. Feyenoord have scored 12 goals in 4 games so far this season, with Jean-Paul Boëtius and Steven Berghuis in great form up front. But if they want to top Group F, City must win away games like this.
Tottenham vs Borussia Dortmund
Spurs must lift their Wembley curse as quickly as possible this season. With Harry Kane back scoring again, this could be their chance, especially as Dortmund have a number of injury problems and no Ousmane Dembélé. The Champions League experience of new Tottenham signings Fernando Llorente and Serge Aurier could be vital.