28 goals, West Ham flop's incredible debut, drama at Anfield - Champions League talking points

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Champions League football is special! This morning's eight games delivered a wonderful smorgasbord of the beautiful game with some memorable achievements and performances. Records were broken and history was made as teams from Groups A, B, C and D went head to head in the opening round. There's plenty to talk about so let's dig […]
Champions League football is special! This morning's eight games delivered a wonderful smorgasbord of the beautiful game with some memorable achievements and performances. Records were broken and history was made as teams from Groups A, B, C and D went head to head in the opening round.

There's plenty to talk about so let's dig in….

Club Brugge provide blueprint to keep PSG stars quiet

After all the money spent by PSG amassing their team of superstars the bad news is that Club Brugge showed the rest of the competition how to nullify them.

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With the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappé on the team sheet, PSG fans thought they were in for a glorious night full of goals. When the final whistle was blown though, it was the Brugge fans who were singing and dancing – a draw as good as a win they felt when up against such a team.

Brugge played a smart game and rather than trying to man mark the talented players from PSG, they actually worked closely together as a defensive unit and cut off the space that Messi, Neymar and Mbappe thrive in.

Brugge were comfortable allowing PSG to have the ball, growing in confidence that their defensive structure was rock solid. Despite having over 64 percent of the possession, the men from Paris just couldn't turn it into genuine opportunities. They created only four shots on target and two corners in the whole 90 minutes.

Scotland defender Jack Hendry was especially impressive both in his defensive duties and then as he looked to help Brugge play their way out of their own half safely – he had 90% pass accuracy, 100% tackle completion and a crucial interception.

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino did defend his tremendous trio saying "We need time to work for them to build an understanding," and he's got a fair point. But they need to find that understanding soon because Brugge have proved that they can be kept quiet.

"Nobody in the team can be happy with their performance and…
Oliver Matthews
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