Champions League

PSG Attack Fails, Liverpool's Experience Pays Off: Talking Points From Champions League Action

Arjun Singh Devgan
PSG's much vaunted attack struggled against Club Brugge in their opening game of the Champions League
PSG's much vaunted attack struggled against Club Brugge in their opening game of the Champions League / Lars Baron/Getty Images

The first matchday of the 2021/22 edition of the UEFA Champions League took place last night, with it giving us a number of exciting games between some of the best clubs in the world.

The likes of Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Liverpool, AC Milan, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain were in action and here, we take a look at some of the talking points of the night.

1. Liverpool's experience pays dividends

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Liverpool FC v AC Milan: Group B - UEFA Champions League / Visionhaus/Getty Images

AC Milan had waited seven long years for a taste of Champions League football and while they were good in patches, Liverpool reminded them that they still have a long way to go to be considered European elites once again.

Jurgen Klopp's side might have conceded two goals, but the experience in their ranks ensured that they gave their fans another night to remember in Europe.

Questions were raised on Klopp's decision to rest Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane, but it showed that the Reds have an experienced line up and cannot be written off when it comes to European competitions.

2. Manchester City's attack looks frightening

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Manchester City v RB Leipzig: Group A - UEFA Champions League / Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Manchester City might have beaten RB Leipzig 6-3, with their defence looking suspect at times, but there is no doubt that they have an attack capable of beating anyone on their day.

That Pep Guardiola can call upon a number of talented players in attack, shows their depth, though the lack of a number one striker might come to hurt them in the big games.

3. PSG's attack will take time to bed in

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Club Brugge KV v Paris Saint-Germain: Group A - UEFA Champions League / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

PSG have been labelled as the favourites to win their maiden Champions League title, but they looked surprisingly frail despite having Lionel Messi make his first start for the club.

The Argentinian made up an formidable front three alongside Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, but the PSG side looked second best to a Club Brugge side on the night.

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that it will take time for the new signings to bed in, but he will hope that it happens sooner rather than later as the club cannot experience any disappointments come the end of the season.

4. Inter's wastefulness in front of goal hurt them against Madrid

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Inter v Real Madrid: Group D - UEFA Champions League / Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

That Inter Milan lost to Real Madrid 1-0 can be blamed on their inability to take chances, with the Italians dominating large stretches of the game. Madrid had Rodrygo to thank for the three points on the night, but it was a game that Inter deserved to win.