Champions League

Mbappe shines, City put in five-star performance: Talking points from UCL fixtures

Arjun Singh Devgan
Mbappe scored the winner against Madrid
Mbappe scored the winner against Madrid / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

The first leg fixtures of the round of 16 stage of the Champions League featuring Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Sporting CP took place on Tuesday, with it giving us some interesting insight on the night.

PSG managed a 1-0 win against Madrid while City were dominant against Sporting, thrashing them 5-0 on the night and here, we take a look at the talking points from the fixtures.

1. Mbappe is the difference between the two sides

Kylian Mbappe
Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid: Round Of Sixteen Leg One - UEFA Champions League / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Kylian Mbappe is widely considered to be the best young striker in the world and the Frenchman showed once again why he is so highly rated, scoring the winner against his prospective employers.

The youngster troubled the Los Blancos' defence throughout the game and was even the reason why PSG got a penalty, only for Thibaut Courtois to deny Lionel Messi from the spot.

It comes as no surprise that Madrid are extremely keen to sign Mbappe and it is ironical that he could be the reason why they are knocked out of the Champions League - a tournament they have dominated in the recent past.

2. City put on a five-star performance

Bernardo Silva
Sporting CP v Manchester City: Round Of Sixteen Leg One - UEFA Champions League / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

Manchester City are touted as the favourites to win their maiden Champions League trophy and they once again proved why they deserve that moniker as they dismantled Sporting CP on the night.

Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling were unplayable at times and it will be interesting to see if they can match the same performance when they come against much more stronger sides later in the competition.

3. Real looked toothless in attack

Karim Benzema
Paris Saint-Germain v Real Madrid: Round Of Sixteen Leg One - UEFA Champions League / Catherine Steenkeste/GettyImages

The Los Blancos had their big guns available, but they looked toothless in attack and this was only the second time that they had failed to land a shot on target in the Champions League since 2003/04, with both of those instances coming against PSG.

Carlo Ancelotti focused on a counter attack style on the night and he will need to change tactics, if they are to come out on top in the second leg.