With the closing of match-week 1 in the Champions League, we have already seen some great surprises. Although there were many great performances, here are the top five that have already shown they mean business.
1. Ciro Immobile, Lazio
After missing out on the Champions League for 12 straight years, Lazio proved they belonged with a commanding 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund. Ciro Immobile led his team with a goal and an assist on Tuesday. After playing against his former club, Immobile played with a point to prove and controlled the offense. If this performance is what to expect from the Italian forward, you can expect any exciting season for Lazio.
2. Angelino, Red Bull Leipzig
RB Leipzig kicked off their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 win over Istanbul Basaksehir. Angelino carried his team to a win with 2 goals over the Turkish club. Throughout the game, Angelino looked lively and certainly not the player he was last season at Manchester City. His quick counter-attacking movements along with his ability to cut in from the left wing were very impressive. The Spanish winger will be hoping to keep his hot run of form to ensure Leipzig go far this season.
3. Alvaro Morata, Juventus
When Juventus opted to sign Alvaro Morata over the summer heads were turned. However, with three goals in three games, the Spaniard has quickly silenced all who criticized him. Despite missing out on star striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who recently contracted Covid-19, an unlikely hero emerged. Morata scored a brace as Juventus cruised past Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday. A goal off the rebound early in the second half was capped off with a brilliant header in the 84th minute. Juventus fans will be excited by the idea of a potential duo in Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata.
4. Fabinho, Liverpool
Despite losing the irreplaceable center back Virgil Van Dijk, Liverpool was able to hold a clean sheet against Ajax, mostly due to his replacement, Fabinho. Fabinho showed confidence at the back and wasn’t error-prone. Despite not playing in his most comfortable position, Fabinho has proved he can become an option at the back. Liverpool will surely find him useful in the coming weeks while Van Dijk recovers from a gruesome injury received at Everton.
5. Kingsley Coman, Bayern Munich
In the Champions League, it’s rare to see Kingsley Coman crack under pressure, and against Atletico Madrid, he’s proved this once again. Coman kicked off Bayern’s first season of the game with two goals along with an assist to Leon Goretzka. The French international played a composed game with almost no errors. There seemed to be feelings of excitement whenever Coman had the ball, whether from the fans, or his own teammates. The winger will be hoping to finally break out as one of the world’s top talents this season.