Champions League Three goals – Messi lets Barça cheer

Goals 101, 102 and 103: Lionel Messi led Barcelona to a clear victory at the start of the Champions League season. Inter turned the game against Tottenham in injury time.

FC Barcelona started the new Champions League season with a sovereign victory. On the first matchday of Group B, the Spanish champions won 4:0 (1:0) against PSV Eindhoven. Lionel Messi scored three times (32nd minute/77th/88th), Ousmane Dembélé took the lead in the 75th minute after a nice single action. Barcelona takes the lead of the standings with their success.

Eindhoven, who had last won the domestic league 6-1 and 7-0, limited themselves to countering. Former Barça star Mark van Bommel’s team even had a chance in the early stages, but Gastón Pereiro was too imprecise (8th) after a failed attempt by Sergi Roberto to clarify the situation. Then the hosts increased the pressure in front of 70,000 spectators in Camp Nou. The logical consequence was a 1-0 win, with Messi taking a 20-metre free-kick into the upper right corner (32nd).

Ousmane Dembélé Honours

Borussia Dortmund

  • DFB-Pokal: 2016–17


  • La Liga: 2017–18
  • Copa del Rey: 2017–18
  • Supercopa de España: 2018


  • FIFA World Cup: 2018


  • UNFP Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year: 2015–16
  • UEFA Champions League Breakthrough XI: 2016
  • Bundesliga Rookie of the Season: 2016–17
  • Bundesliga Team of the Season: 2016–17

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After the re-start, Barcelona initially handled his chances lightly. The 160 million transfer Philippe Coutinho shot the ball well over the goal from a promising position (52nd), only five minutes later the Brazilian international failed after a strong parade against PSV goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet (57th). It was Dembélé who saved Barça with a precise long-range shot (75th). For the former Dortmund player, who was thrown back by injuries in his debut season, it is already the fifth compulsory goal of the current season.

Messi then scored 102 and 103 goals in the Champions League to ensure an even higher result. This puts the 31-year-old in second place in the eternal rankings behind his permanent rival Cristiano Ronaldo (120 goals).

Inter – Tottenham 2-1 (0-0)

Internazionale fans have been waiting six years for their team to return to the Champions League. And the Champions League was spectacular: Two late goals against the Spurs made the Milanese fans cheer. First, top striker Mauro Icardi scored with a wonderful equaliser when he took a cross from Kwadwo Asamoah volley and shot the ball from a good 20 metres into the goal (86). In injury time, Matías Vecino even scored the winning goal (90+2.). Sportingbet offer generous bonuses for their new players.

For a long time, Inter had looked like the deserved loser. After a disappointing first half, it was the Spurs who had their chances. At Christian Eriksen’s 0:1, there was still a lot of luck; Inter-Keeper Samir Handanovic fended off a Danish shot, Eriksen’s second attempt was then decisively deflected by defensive boss Miranda (53rd). But then the visitors missed good opportunities to score 2-0, among others Erik Lamela failed twice (56th, 62nd). For Inter, Matteo Politano (47th) and Antonio Candreva (82nd) had become dangerous, but there were no real urges. Then came Icardi and Vecino.

With the last-minute victory Inter has a good starting position for the next games. Behind top favourite Barcelona Tottenham is the big competitor in the fight for second place.

Tuchel’s start at PSG Respect your neighbor

One of Thomas Tuchel’s first official acts as coach of Paris Saint-Germain was to tell the players what to eat and drink. France Football magazine reported in July that Tuchel had imposed strict dietary requirements on his stars, such as cutting off their lemonade. He is also said to have asked the owners of popular nightclubs to inform him if PSG pros show up.

It’s a bizarre idea: Thomas Tuchel, whose greatest success was the 2017 DFB Cup victory, bans Neymar from playing cola and Kylian Mbappé from celebrating. Can that go well?

It’s going well. So far at least. As expected, Paris won the Supercup – 4:0 against Monaco, followed by five wins from five league games, goal ratio: 17:4. There was no match in which the team scored less than three goals. But there hasn’t been a game in which they have been seriously challenged. The acid test follows in the evening, when the Champions League goes to FC Liverpool, last year’s finalist. Tuchel against Jürgen Klopp, the old Bruchweg boys in a duel, promises the best entertainment.

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Regulations also on the pitch

While coach Klopp and the team have long since found each other in Liverpool, PSG and Tuchel are still getting to know each other. Tuchel is employed for the first time by a club that belongs to Europe’s elite, following engagements in Dortmund and Mainz. Conversely, its regulations are likely to be new for the Parisian superstars. Especially on the pitch.

Unlike Klopp, for example, Tuchel focuses on position play. This means that he gives his team zones that must be occupied depending on the playing situation. In the ball possession game, the team is given a fixed structure. Ideally, every professional always knows where his team-mate stands.

When Tuchel followed Klopp in summer 2015 in Dortmund and the position game replaced Klopp’s switch focus, the BVB developed a new offensive balance. The team scored 82 goals in Tuchel’s first season, almost twice as many as last year under Klopp. Already in its first weeks in Dortmund the goals fell, as if the players followed a scheme.

„The players must have respect“

If you look at the previous PSG games under Tuchel, you will see some patterns. But hits don’t fall as if they had been designed on the drawing board, as in the Dortmund early stages; they fall mainly because of the individual class of the striker stars.

It’s a fundamental area of tension for Tuchel in Paris: How does he bring his targets together with the freethinkers in the offensive? Tuchel recently provided answers during a TV appearance on the RMC channel.

„The players must have respect for each other’s rooms. Even the big players,“ said Tuchel. Neymar, for example. Last season, the Brazilian hadn’t waited for his team-mates to find him; he grabbed the balls himself and pushed the Paris attacks forward. With success, 32 goals in 20 Ligue 1 appearances testify to that. Check this betregal offers and best quotes for this game.

Tuchel recently used the 26-year-old in the offensive midfield, between the storm and the defensive centre. Neymar should wait there before he gets passes from his teammates.

„We have to give our teammates the space they’re standing in,“ says Tuchel. But he also says: „As soon as the players are found in these rooms, I won’t pretend anything anymore.“ Then Neymar or Mbappé would find solutions that only they could find. Neymar in particular is „an artist,“ says Tuchel: „There are different kinds of leaders, but he is a very special key player.