The UEFA Champions League 2019/20 season is finally back! Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons will now be full of football action, giving fans a valid excuse to slack off during work or school. All jokes aside, here are three déjà-vu moments from Matchday 1 action.

1. Benfica wonder-kid steals the spotlight

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Much has been made about Barcelona’s 16-year-old sensation Ansu Fati, and RB Salzburg’s 19-year-old hat trick hero Erling Braut Håland. While the Norwegian international grabbed all the headlines, there was a little known defender by the name of Tomás Tavares that tore it up during his CL debut as well. The 17-year-old Benfica fullback was the shining light of the night, and even though his team fell to RB Leipzig, he looked composed, and barely put a foot wrong. Joao Felix was Benfica’s young star last season, and it looks like maybe this season is the year of Tavares.

2. Napoli beats Liverpool at home… AGAIN

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Liverpool were hard done by the referee during their 2-0 loss at Napoli. Jose Callejón clearly dove to win the penalty that resulted in Napoli’s first goal. But that’s not to say the holders didn’t shoot themselves in the foot on a couple of occasions. Reigning UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Virgil Van Dijk wasn’t as composed as usual, and the Dutchman made a costly mistake that gifted Fernando Llorente the killer second goal in the dying stages of the match.

3. Inter leave it late to get a result at home

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Despite the continuous racism in Italian football, Inter have been fun to watch in Serie A. They are undefeated to start their season, and with Antonio Conte in the hot seat, the Nerazzuri have what it takes to end Juventus’ monopoly. Despite their good form, however, Slavia Prague brought them down to earth in their opening Champions League tie. The Czech side were minutes away from pulling off a shocking upset away from home before super-sub Nicolò Barella spoiled the party.

Honorable Mention

Manchester City vs Shakhtar Donetsk 5.0

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How many times have we seen Manchester City go up against the Ukrainian champions in the UCL? This was the fifth consecutive matchup between the two since September 2017 and surprise surprise, City won the match. Shakhtar did well to create chances but didn’t finish them. City meanwhile, created and finished their chances, constantly attacking Donetsk’s shaky back line. Fernandinho was signed by Manchester City from Shakhtar, and the Brazilian has featured in all five of the matchups. City being drawn against Shakhtar is more than a coincidence at this point. The whole fixture in itself is a déjà-vu.



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