The Champions League returned with a bang this week, in fact was it a bang, or was it a nuclear explosion? Whatever it was, it was incredible!
With the second leg fixtures to come in less than a weeks time, here are the standout performers from the first leg of the quarter finals.
Keylor Navas – Real Madrid
Not a great deal to do, saving both shots that came his way.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool
Excellent at the back, stopping Man City from scoring that vital away goal with 10 clearances, 7 blocks and 4 tackles.
Gerard Pique – Barcelona
Solid for Barcelona and even grabbed a crucial goal to make it 3-0 and take the tie away from Roma.
Virgil van Dijk – Liverpool
Really has strengthened Liverpool’s defence, and was an impenetrable wall for the Reds against Man City.
Marcelo – Real Madrid
One of the best attacking left backs in the world grabbed his latest goal in Real Madrid’s demolition of Juventus
Toni Kroos – Real Madrid
The conductor for Real Madrid, and while he didn’t score or assist, he was a creative force for Los Blancos.
Ivan Rakitic – Barcelona
Covered every blade of grass in the midfield for Barcelona, and even hit the woodwork.
Thiago – Bayern Munich
Like Rakitic, was everywhere in midfield for Bayern, and even bagged a goal for the Bavarian side.
Mohamed Salah – Liverpool
His form continues, grabbing a goal and an assist as Liverpool put Manchester City to the sword.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid
Simply incredible! Involved in all three Real Madrid, scoring two goals including an absolute screamer, and an assist, and even applauded by Juventus fans.
Sadio Mane – Liverpool
A good performance down the left from Mane, grabbing Liverpool’s third goal to take the game away from Man City.