Champions League review: English struggles, Taarabt’s revival & a Leeds-born Norwegian

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Sixteen matches, 45 objects and 2 hat-tricks – that the Champions League is back.
Group games on Tuesday and Wednesday’s first round provided plenty of talking points.
BBC Sport looks back to an eventful beginning to the most prestigious cup competition of Europe.
The Premier League has provided three of the four Champions League finalists that are past however will the 2020 closing is made by a British club in Istanbul?
Of England’s four teams in the competition Manchester City emerged triumphant as goals Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus procured a sleek 3-0 win in Ukraine.
Tottenham and liverpool – the finalists of season – generated unspectacular starts.
While holders Liverpool lost in Italy, Spurs blew a 2-0 lead to draw.
Among the scorers against Liverpool of Napoli was Spanish Fernando Llorente – that was a Spurs substitute in last season.
Frank Lampard’s first game for a manager in the tournament – which he won at 2012 because a player with Chelsea – attracted frustration since Valencia won.
Remember Adel Taarabt?
The Morocco winger was seen on these shores playing for QPR in 2014-15, having played for Fulham and Tottenham.
Once he played for Benfica in their 2-1 home defeat by RB Leipzig the 30-year-old left his very first appearance.
Deadly winger Rajiv van La Parra turned out from Red Star Belgrade’s 3-0 defeat Bayern Munich – less than three weeks after playing for Huddersfield from Luton at the Championship.
Meanwhile Cardiff defender Kevin Theophile-Catherine put up a goal in Dinamo Zagreb win .
Because Club Bruges drew 0-0 with 15, ex-Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet kept a clean sheet.
Erling Braut Haaland enjoyed a Champions League introduction he will never forget.
As RB Salzburg thrashed Genk 6-2 in Group E. the Leeds-born striker, son of former Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Manchester City shield Alf-Inge, struck a first-half hat-trick
The 19-year-old Norway has come to be the eighth player to evaluate a Champions League treble.
Haaland believes his group can emulate Ajax, whose side pumped out Juventus and Real Madrid in a surprise run to the semi-finals last season.
“That which is possible. We all watched Ajax last year, it’d be nice to be the brand newest Ajax,” he explained.
What a week to get Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Having become embroiled into a spat with fellow Germany keeper Manuel Neuer, Ter Stegen rescued Marco Reus’ penalty as Borussia Dortmund was held by Barcelona in their Champions League opener into a draw.
Ter Stegen has been defeated in playing second fiddle to his rival Neuer from the German team.
“I really don’t think it is all up to Manuel to convey an opinion in my feelings,” Ter Stegen said after Neuer had suggested his rival should revolve around the national group.
Can his penalty save assist him get in the Germany number one jersey?
Having masterminded three Champions League triumphs for Real Madrid, is Zinedine Zidane near the sack?
Zidane was pretty much untouchable following the competition was won by his side that is Real in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
But could a defeat at Paris St-Germain spell the end?
“They’re superior to us in whatever they did, and in strength, which annoys me ,” said Zidane after Wednesday’s defeat.
“They had been good and created opportunities, but what concerns me is we played without intensity”
Zidane’s words do not sound as a boss assured of turning things around.

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