Champions League

Solskjaer Criticised, Bayern Continue Good Form: Talking Points From Champions League Action

Arjun Singh Devgan
Manchester United lost 2-1 to Young Boys in their opening Champions League group game
Manchester United lost 2-1 to Young Boys in their opening Champions League group game / Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images
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The first matchday of the 2021/22 edition of the UEFA Champions League took place last night, with it throwing up a shocking result as seen by Manchester United suffering a shock 2-1 loss to Young Boys.

In the other top games of the night, Bayern Munich continued to show why they are considered the favourites to win the competition, thrashing Barcelona 3-0, while Juventus enjoyed a winning start to their campaign.

Here, we take a look at the talking points of the night.

1. Solskjaer's substitutions come under the scanner

Ole Gunnar Solskjær
BSC Young Boys v Manchester United: Group F - UEFA Champions League / FreshFocus/MB Media/Getty Images

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came in for huge criticism from the fans for his bizarre substitutions during their shock 2-1 loss to Young Boys.

Many were surprised at his decision to park the bus against an average European side, with some criticising the fact that he replaced Ronaldo with Jesse Lingard and not Mason Greenwood or Anthony Martial.

The red card to Aaron Wan-Bissaka did not help, but the Norwegian got his tactics wrong, with United already looking like they are in a fight to qualify from the group stage.

2. Lewandowski showed once again why he is the best striker in the world

Robert Lewandowski
FC Barcelona v Bayern München: Group E - UEFA Champions League / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Robert Lewandowski has established himself as the best striker in the world over the past three years, and the Polish hitman proved that again on Tuesday by scoring a brace to help Bayern Munich cruise past Barcelona 3-0.

Lewandowski has scored a staggering 112 goals in all competitions for Bayern since 2019/20, which should keep defenders on their toes. If he continues this form, then there is no doubt why Bayern cannot win the competition this season.

3. Thomas Tuchel has got Chelsea defensively sound

Edouard Mendy, Thomas Tuchel
Chelsea FC v Zenit St. Petersburg: Group H - UEFA Champions League / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Thomas Tuchel has overseen 23 clean sheets since taking over the managerial reigns at Chelsea, which is the most among all clubs in Europe's top-five leagues.

The Blues were once again brilliant at the back during their 1-0 win over Zenit, with Romelu Lukaku already proving to be a bargain by finding the back of the net once again.

4. Juventus got a much needed win

Malmo FF v Juventus: Group H - UEFA Champions League
Malmo FF v Juventus: Group H - UEFA Champions League / David Lidstrom/Getty Images

Max Allegri saw his side ease to a 3-0 win over Malmo in their opening game, with Alex Sandro, Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata all getting on the scoresheet to give Juventus the win.

What was even more important for the Italians was that they did not concede a goal, which was the first time since March that they have registered a clean sheet.

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