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Five Players who made UEFA Champions League a delight to watch LAST WEEK

Nitish Bhan  |  Champions League  |  5 Days Ago

The Champions League saw some big games in the current game-week in the first leg of the quarter-finals, with some top performances pouring in. All teams were focused on getting the job done in the first leg so that they can have a comfortable second, but it simply never seemed to be the case. Apart from Liverpool, who secured a comfortable 2-0 victory over Porto, which can even be overturned if Porto can squeeze their heart out, none of the other teams even managed to score a couple.

 

Both Manchester United and City suffered narrow defeats at the hands of Barcelona and Tottenham respectively, while Juventus were held to a 1-1 draw by Ajax’s captivating fight against the Italian aces.

 

With that being said, none of the games has been decided yet and we will have to wait until next week to know the semi-finalists.

 

Here are five players who made the nights worth being awake for:

 

Scott McTominay

 

It came as a surprise when Solskjaer opted for this young Scotsman over a regular Nemanja Matic. However, like the famous adage goes “the boss is always right”, this time was not an exception either. He was the driving force at the heart of United’s midfield and helped his team to keep the likes of Messi and company quiet in the match at Old Trafford, with his unsparingly harrowing runs and his brilliant build-ups in the midfield. He started as a defensive-mid and then propelled as an attacker that always kept the Catalan defence on its toes.

 

Though the hosts fell short on the night by a solitary goal from Suarez, they put up a solid performance and the fans would be proud to see such a gilt-edged faring from the lads against one of Europe’s best. It was indeed a delight for the eyes when he dribbled past three Barcelona players with consummate ease and yet clung on to the ball.





David Neres

 

After scoring a goal and claiming an assist across the exultant display of Ajax over Los Merengues, David Neres once again proved to be a key player in his side’s game this week against Juventus. He alongside Tadic bloomed magic in the Ajax midfield that left Juve flabbergasted despite a screamer from Ronaldo.

 

To add to that, the 22-year-old forward also went on to add yet another key goal to his tally against Juventus, when he scored the crucial equalizer for his team, darting into their defence and snatching the ball away from a Juve howler. He underlined his compatriots’ performance by being an essential link in Ajax’s heroic build-ups.

 

Gerard Pique

Touted as the defensive general for Barcelona after the departure of Carlos Puyol, the 32-year-old former Manchester United defender was in the form of his life against the Red Devils. A couple of desperate dives that saw Rashford’s and Martial’s attempts being traded for corners, Pique was absolutely unbeatable in the defence.

 

Not only his timely dives but his aerial tussles, owing to his towering stature made it extremely difficult for United to fire anything home. He swept around the entire Catalan defence and ensured that Ter Stegen never had much to complain about.  He was one of the key figures who kept the opposition’s attacking minded players quiet on the night and he deserves a special mention for that.





Cristiano Ronaldo

 

Incredible goals will always remain incomplete without this Portuguese marksman. He goes by the name of Cristiano Ronaldo Dos Santos Aveiro. It was the first quarter-final of the night and Ajax kept on coming back at Juventus relentlessly until Ronaldo capped the first half with a screamer of his own. He flew to meet the cross and craned his neck twice in the flight to adjust his power of the header and then blasted it into the net emphatically.

 

It was Ronaldo’s 125th goal in the Champions League, though it was still not enough to earn them a victory. After a world-class hattrick against Atletico Madrid to put Juve through to the quarter-final stage, Ronaldo is raising his own bar.

 

Roberto Firmino

 

The Champions League player of the week was the best player on the pitch for Liverpool, as he scored a goal and bagged an assist to propel Liverpool’s victory over Porto. The Reds needed to score and ensure that they had an advantage heading into the second leg of the tie, with their focus being on the Premier League title as well.

 

With that being said, it was crucial for the Reds to win the tie at Anfield and it was Firmino who stepped up this time when both Salah and Mane failed to get on the score-sheet. The Brazilian proved once again that why he is equally important in the trio, though he isn’t really relishing a purple patch in the Liverpool colours.








 

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