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So what has the first round of Champions League fixtures told us

Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Now that the first round of Champions League fixtures is over, it gives us a small idea of how the teams will cope in Europe. Firstly, the team that everyone will be looking at, Real Madrid, got of to a good start with a 5-2 thumping away to Zurich. There is no doubt Madrid will have goals, but maybe a question over their defence.

Last years runners Man Utd got all 3 points in a difficult game to Besiktas in Turkey. The atmosphere the Besiktas fans create is intimidating to say the least, but United overcame the noise to grab a 0-1 win. Meanwhile, their Premier League rivals Chelsea also started with a win against Porto in Stamford Bridge, with Anelka grabbing the only goal in a 1-0.

Liverpool were heavy favourites against Debrecen but struggled to hit top form. Dirk Kuyt's first half goal was enough for the win, but it wasn't as convincing as it should have been. Meanwhile, the only other English team Arsenal came back from 2 goals down to win 2-3, but just like their rivals Liverpool, it was far from convincing.

In other games, Barcelona and Inter Milan played out a 0-0 draw, while Ac Milan beat Marseille 2-1. Juventus drew with French Champions Bordeaux 1-1 and Bayern Munich hammered Maccabi Haifa 0-3. Rangers drew 1-1 away to Stuttgart, Olympiacos got a 1-0 win to AZ Alkmaar, Lyon got victory at home to Fiorentina with a 1-0 scorline, Dynamo came back from a goal behind to beat Rubin Kazan 3-1, while Sevilla beat Unirea Urziceni 2-0 and Athletico failed to beat APOEL Nicosia in a scoreless draw.

So, with wins for all English team in the first game, is this a sign they most of them will make it to the later stages and represent England in the final. Too early to predict in my opinion, you can guarantee a few twists this year.


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