New Delhi: After a night of high scoring affairs saw a record-breaking 40 goals being netted, match-day three of the 2014-15 Champions League showcased some highly entertaining games that once again lit the atmosphere on European soil.
Bayern Munich, Shakhtar and Chelsea accounted for big wins on the night as Roma, Ajax and Sporting Lisbon were amongst the losing teams that faced the agony on the big stage.
Three things we learnt from Tuesday's action in the UEFA Champions League are,
1) Manchester City aren't ready for Champions League football yet: The English champions may be kings of domestic footballing circuit, but at the bigger stage their poor form continued to haunt them. Man City were held 2-2 by CSKA Moscow in Russia as Manuel Pellegrini's men are still win-less in this season's edition so far. They have collected only two points from three games and with an upcoming home game against Bayern next match-day, City need to win their next three matches to qualify for the round of 16. The 'Citizens' have failed to progress to the next round on two occasions and last season they were ousted in the round of 16. Pellegrini has a major task at hand from here on as he remains bullish of his side's chances of qualifying. Their form on European soil has been a shadow of their dominance on the domestic front.
2) Jose Mourinho looks ominous with his Chelsea brigade: Jose Mourinho's Chelsea, lit up the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge after mauling NK Maribor 6-0 to gain domination in Group G. The Blues registered their highest ever score in the history of the competition, and their steady play with Mourinho's tactical brilliance have been the major story this season. After assembling a squad of his likening, Mourinho who has appeared in the last four semi-finals in the Champions League with Real Madrid (3) and Chelsea (1) respectively, looks in a position to break the last-four barrier this term. The likes of Bayern, Real Madrid and Barcelona will offer stiff resistance but the Blues are winning everybody's heart with their style and determination so far.
3) Athletic Bilbao paying price for too much football: The Spanish club lost after Porto's Ricardo Quaresma scored the winner to leave them reeling at bottom of Group F. Bilbao are lying a distant 17th in La Liga with only one win from eight matches and for coach Ernesto Valverde, it has become a difficult space to be at after a good campaign last season. The Basque outfit have not won a game since 31 August. They seem to pay the price for Champions League football this season, as that looks evident, with their sliding form which they haven't been able to arrest. Being a smaller team and playing on two fronts have accounted for them being tired and that has been evident in their play so far. From here they have a huge mountain to climb in order to restore parity in a ghastly looking season so far.
Meanwhile, Bayern's 7-1 thrashing of AS Roma and Barca's impressive 3-1 win against Ajax were the other major highlights. For Bayern their two senior talismans Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben were both in the score-sheet which will please Pep Guardiola given the fact both are returning from injuries. Former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo made an impressive return in the Champions League with his new club Schalke after they won a 4-3 thriller against Sporting Lisbon at home.