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Luke Sicari

16 Sep 2016 - 3:59 PM  UPDATED 20 Sep 2016 - 1:29 PM

The Champions League is finally back.

We had a bit of everything in week one of the group stages – from rainstorms in Manchester to dramatic late winners – in what promises to be another enthralling campaign.

But just how do the teams stack up after the first batch of games?

1. Barcelona (W, 7-0. 3 points, +7 goal difference)

A clinical performance to start the tournament. When Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar dominate like that, they’re almost unbeatable.

2. Borussia Dortmund (W, 6-0. 3 points, +6 goal difference)

What an attacking onslaught Dortmund put on, in their biggest European win. Six different players scored, while the 30 shots on goal was the most in gameday one.

3. Manchester City (W, 4-0. 3 points, +4 goal difference)

No loss of form from hat-trick hero Sergio Aguero, despite his Premier League suspension. City’s attack under Pep Guardiola is exceptional.

4. Bayern Munich (W, 5-0. 3 points, +5 goal difference)

Bayern established their supremacy in what shapes as a tough Group D. The win marked Bayern’s 13 th straight Champions League victory at home.

5. Napoli (W, 2-1. 3 points, +1 goal difference)

Arkadiusz Milik’s brace gave Maurizio Sarri’s men the early edge in Group B. Word out of the rooms postgame, though, was neither Sarri or the players were very happy with the performance.

6. Monaco (W, 2-1. 3 points, +1 goal difference) 

The French side spoiled Tottenham’s Wembley party. Goals from Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar within the first 31 minutes was enough insurance for the defence to withstand a second-half attack from Spurs.

7. Arsenal (D, 1-1. 1 point, 0 goal difference)

Would happily take a point from their toughest tie of the group stages, especially after giving up a goal in the first 42 seconds. Arsene Wenger was pleased with the draw, but not Olivier Giroud’s red card.

8. Leicester City (W, 3-0. 3 points, +3 goal difference)

Add another chapter in Leicester’s historic 2016. A 3-0 victory in their Champions League debut puts any nerves amongst the English champions at ease.

9. Lyon (W, 3-0. 3 points, +3 goal difference)

An important three points for Bruno Genesio’s men, with group favourites Juventus and Sevilla drawing. A comfortable win was much needed for Lyon, after a shaky start in domestic competition.

10. Real Madrid (W, 2-1. 3 points, +1 goal difference)

Got out of jail thanks to two very late goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata. A positive was the defending champions were resilient to fight until the end and steal the three points. Need to be, and will be, better. 

11. Atletico Madrid (W, 1-0. 3 points, +1 goal difference)

Last year’s runners-up made winning plays, with Saul Niguez’s first half finish and Andres Guardado’s penalty save enough to secure the victory.

12. Juventus (D, 0-0. 1 point, 0 goal difference)

Controlled the game against Sevilla, but couldn’t capitalise. Will be kicking themselves after not getting the win from 16 shots and 56 per cent of possession. Despite Lyon’s triumph, Juve remain Group H favourites.

13. Sevilla (D, 0-0. 1 point, 0 goal difference)

Will go back home confident with a point from the group’s toughest fixture. Would have had their hearts in their throat, after Franco Vazquez pushed Marko Pjaca in the penalty area in the final minute.

14. Paris Saint Germain (D, 1-1. 1 point, 0 goal difference)

Would take them at home any day, even more so after an Edinson Cavani goal in the opening minute. Cavani, however, will be wondering how he didn’t get on the score sheet again. Wasted chances aplenty for Unai Emery’s squad.

15. CSKA Moscow (D, 2-2. 1 point, 0 goal difference)

Will be running out of Germany, after stealing this point. Two goals in as many minutes from Alan Dzagoev and Roman Eremenko secured a draw, after being down 2-0 after 15 minutes.

16. Bayer Leverkusen (D, 2-2. 1 point, 0 goal difference) 

Could only draw, after being up 2-0 early at home. The dropped points could come back to haunt them later in the tournament, as Group E looms as one of the most competitive in the league.

17. Tottenham (L, 2-1. 0 points, -1 goal difference)

Mauricio Pochettino said they lacked passion postgame, which is tough to do playing in front of a record-breaking 85,001 fans at Wembley. Should have scored in a strong second half.

18. FC Porto (D, 1-1. 1 point, 0 goal difference)

Should still advance in Group G, but also should have got the three points with FC Copenhagen down to 10 men after 66 minutes.

19. Benfica (D, 1-1. 1 point, 0 goal difference)

Shock draw to parent club Besiktas, after Franco Cervi had Benfica ahead and cruising after 12 minutes. With Napoli in Italy two weeks away, the Portuguese champions are in danger of starting the tournament with no wins from two games.

20. Sporting Lisbon (L, 2-1. 0 points, -1 goal difference)

Almost pulled off the upset of the tournament. Nothing but admiration, although getting into the knockout stages remains highly unlikely. 

21. Besiktas (D, 1-1. 1 point, 0 goal difference)

Wonderful scenes after Anderson Talisca’s cracking 93 rd minute free kick secured a point.

22. Basel (D, 1-1. 1 point, 0 goal difference)

Huge opportunity missed, after PSG and Arsenal drew. Getting through to the knockout stages now looms a tougher task than first thought.

23. Dynamo Kyiv (L, 2-1. 0 points, -1 goal difference)

All hope of securing a point was dashed after a Serhiy Sydorchuk red card in the 68th minute. Couldn’t break through a defensive Napoli squad in the second half.  

24. PSV (L, 1-0. 0 points, -1 goal difference)

Rewarded a 45th minute penalty, but Andres Guardado’s miss failed to make things interesting for PSV against the runners-up. Showed they’ll fight in Group D.  

25. Ludogorets Razgrad (D, 1-1. 1 point, 0 goal difference)

Shocked the Basel home crowd with Jonathan Cafu giving the lead just before halftime. Were eventually outworked, though.   

26. FC Copenhagen (D, 1-1. 1 point, 0 goal difference)

Positive result, as they were able to hold on for a point, despite having 10-man for 24 minutes against a pressing Porto outfit.

27. Dinamo Zagreb (L, 3-0. 0 points, -3 goal difference)

Failed to take advantage of an under-pump Lyon side. 

28. Borussia Monchengladbach (L, 4-0. 0 points, -4 goal difference)

Could do nothing about a raging Aguero and in-form City outfit.

29. FC Rostov (L, 5-0. 0 points, -5 goal difference)

Battled hard until Robert Lewandowski’s 28th minute penalty broke their spirit.

30. Club Brugge (L, 3-0. 0 points, -3 goal difference)

Will always be remembered as the team who Leicester defeated in their first Champions League match.

31. Legia Warsaw (L, 6-0. 0 points, -6 goal difference)

Defence was shambolic, allowing half-a-dozen Dortmund players to find the back of the net.  

32. Celtic (L, 7-0. 0 points, -7 goal difference)

Completely outclassed. With Manchester City next, another thumping looms.