The second week of the 2021/2022 Champions League has just ended. Various surprises occurred in the matches of this second week. Barcelona, which is a European giant, must recognize Benfica’s 3-0 advantage. Not only that, last season’s Ligue 1 champions, LOSC Lille also had to lose to RB Salzburg with a score of 2-1.
There is also Manchester United who managed to complete the mission of revenge against Villarreal with a score of 2-1. Meanwhile, BSC Young Boys, who previously beat Manchester United, had to lose to Atalanta.
Of course, there are some interesting facts about the second week of the 2021/2022 Champions League. About anything? Read the explanation, come on.
1. Some matches have been marked by a flood of goals
There is something different from the second week with the first week of the 2021/2022 Champions League, which is quite a lot of matches that are flooded with goals. Liverpool managed to beat the host FC Porto with a score of 1-5. Not only that, having lost to Chelsea the previous week, FC Zenit slaughtered Malmo FF with a landslide score of 4-0 in addition to Benfica who managed to beat Barcelona 3-0.
Playing at home, Bayern Munich also did not want to miss in slaughtering Dynamo Kyiv with a score of 5-0. In the first week of the Champions League, there was only Manchester City’s match against RB Leipzig which was flooded with 9 goals, with a score of 6-3 and the match between Sporting CP and Ajax which ended 1-5 for the victory of the Dutch representatives.
2. Surprise some mediocre teams
There were several surprises in the second week of the 2021/2022 Champions League. First, Sheriff Tiraspol managed to embarrass Real Madrid by a score of 1-2 at the opponent’s cage. Another Spanish giant, Barcelona, also had to lose to representatives of Portugal with a score of 3-0, namely Benfica.
There is also Club Brugge who managed to bring 3 points from RB Leipzig with a final result of 1-2. Shakhtar Donetsk also managed to draw last season’s Serie A champions, Inter Milan, with a goalless final result.
3. Juventus is the only non-English club to beat Chelsea away from home in the Thomas Tuchel era.
Juventus’ match against Chelsea ended with the score 1-0. Federico Chiesa scored a goal in the 46th minute. Interestingly, Chiesa himself was one of Chelsea’s targets who failed to sign in the transfer market last summer.
There was an interesting thing in that match, which was that Juventus was the only non-English club that managed to beat Chelsea in the away match during the Thomas Tuchel era. This is certainly a good first step for the Turin club to increase the team’s confidence.
4. PSG won against Manchester City for the first time in history
For the first time in history, Paris Saint-Germain managed to beat Manchester City. Playing at home, goals were scored by Gian Gueye in the 8th minute and Lionel Messi in the 74th minute.
Interestingly, both goals came from counter-attacks that Manchester City’s defenders were unable to anticipate properly. Not only that, the goal in this match turned out to be Lionel Messi’s debut goal at Paris Saint-Germain.
In the third week of the Champions League, PSG itself will face RB Leipzig who have not been able to win a single one so far. Meanwhile, Manchester City will face Club Brugge who have not lost in the group stage so far.
5. Barcelona slumped
It must be admitted that Barcelona is still a giant European club today. Unfortunately, the club was not able to talk much in the first 2 matches of the Champions League group stage. In the first week, the club had to admit the superiority of Bayern Munich with a score of 3-0.
Come to Benfica headquarters, Barcelona also lost 3-0 in the second match of the Champions League. Goals from Benfica were scored by Darwin Nunez in the 3rd and 79th minutes and Rafa Silva in the 69th minute.
With this, Barcelona is in the bottom position of Group E. The opportunity for Barcelona to qualify for the round of 16 is still open even though it is difficult, considering that there are still 4 more matches in the group phase.
Well, those are 5 interesting facts about the second week of the Champions League. The 2021/2022 Champions League group stage is still very long. All clubs still have the same opportunity to qualify for the last 16 which will be held next year.