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Ugly truth exposes 'horrid' Barca reality; champions sound $180m warning: CL wrap

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Ugly truth exposes 'horrid' Barca reality; champions sound $180m warning: CL wrap
The Champions League returned on Wednesday morning (AEST) as holders Chelsea began their defence of the trophy they beat Manchester City for at the end of last season.

Manchester United also gave Cristiano Ronaldo his second European debut for the club, while Juventus were in European action for the first time without the competition's all-time top scorer.

Barcelona, too, were adjusting to life without their megastar after Lionel Messi's departure to Paris Saint-Germain as they went up against German champions Bayern Munich.

Here's how the teams fared during the first round of fixtures of matchday one.

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Cristiano gets ANOTHER United goal | 00:26

CHELSEA 1-0 ZENIT

Romelu Lukaku enlivened an otherwise flat Chelsea performance with the only goal to beat Zenit St Petersburg 1-0 and get the Blues' Champions League defence off to a winning start.

Lukaku never made a Champions League appearance during his first spell at Stamford Bridge, but is quickly making up for lost time since returning to Chelsea for a club record £97 million ($134 million) last month.

The Belgian striker now has four goals in as many games and his predatory instincts 21 minutes from time papered over the cracks of a disappointing display from Thomas Tuchel's men.

Tuchel urged his players not to rest on their laurels after their surprise run to become European champions last season.

However, the glory of their victory over Manchester City in Porto was hard to shrug off as the German, Edouard Mendy and Jorginho were presented with awards on…
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