Champions League Awards - Manuel Akanji - Manchester City
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Champions League Awards: Bayern bounce back, Akanjiiiiiii!

Our Champions League awards honour the best – and worst – of the midweek European action.

Moment of the Week

Bayern Munich’s season all but rested on their return with Lazio this week, as the German champions looked to overturn a first-leg deficit and keep their likeliest hope of silverware alive.

Thomas Tuchel’s side bounced back from their poor run of recent form with a 3-0 win at the Allianz Arena, a fixture that saw Harry Kane score twice. The summer signing from Tottenham was bought with games like this in mind and delivered to maintain his fine record in the Champions League.

Kane’s lack of silverware in his career to date is a repetitive slight aimed at the England captain from some, but he delivered in a big game at a crucial time in the campaign.

Bayern will hope to take confidence from this result, with the quarter-finals a stage where anything feels possible.

Player of the Week

We discussed Kylian Mbappe’s importance to Paris Saint-Germain’s quest for the Champions League earlier this week and the forward delivered on that billing with a scintillating showing in San Sebastián.

Regardless of his impending exit, the best chance PSG have of success in Europe this season is with Mbappe in the side and in this form. He opened the scoring against Real Sociedad with a moment of magic to take the game away from the Spanish side, before scoring a superb second on the break with a trademark finish swept into the near post.

So far this season, Mbappe leads the Champions League for goals (6), chances created (7) and dribbles completed (28). PSG’s fate will hinge largely on his ability to be decisive in the latter rounds.

Goal of the Week

Manchester City put their tie with Copenhagen to bed early on with two goals inside the opening nine minutes to extend their first-leg lead.

Manuel Akanji was the unlikely goalscorer for the opener as the Swiss centre-back connected with Julian Alvarez’s corner to guide a volley into the top corner.

Dare we say it, there was a hint of Sergio Aguero to this finish.


Miss of the Week

What a chance.

If Lazio had wanted an opportunity to fall for anyone at Bayern Munich, it would have been record scorer Ciro Immobile. The forward wasted a glorious chance with the game goalless, heading wide when well placed at the Allianz Arena.

Had he converted, Lazio would have had a two-nil aggregate lead to protect. Instead, Bayern turned the tie around to win 3-0 on the night to reach the quarter-finals.

He’ll have struggled to sleep after that.

Stat of the Week

Jude Bellingham gets better and better in a Real Madrid shirt.

Tweet of the Week

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