It’s Ronaldo’s week, clearly.
And I will get to that in a moment.
March and April is when the Champions League starts to get interesting.
Last week Ajax went to Madrid and beat Real 4-1 on the same night that Spurs won 1-0 in Dortmund.
Then Manchester United took on the big oil team in Paris and beat them 3-1
Bayern Munich v Liverpool is tonight.
The German aristocrats played for a 0-0 at Anfield on February 19th and got it.
Historically, Bayern are one of Europe’s most successful clubs but I don’t know how good their current team is. Haven’t seen enough of them.
Tonight’s second leg at the Allianz Arena and anything can happen.
We might see the real Lewandowski tonight. He’s very big and talented, but so is Virgil Van Dijk.
Will Liverpool out-sprint Munich and nick it?
Another oil team, Manchester City, thrashed Schalke 7-0 last night.
That is the biggest single-leg victory in Champions League history.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s new club is Juventus, the Old Lady of Turin.
He scored a spectacular hat-trick against Atletico Madrid.
Fancied Atletico last night, thought they might pinch it. They were 2-0 up from the first leg and I admit a soft spot for Diego Simeone and his boys: wonderful work ethic, good defence.
And I figured they know Ronaldo very well because they’ve been playing against him every season n since 2009, when he moved to Madrid from Manchester.
But Ronaldo is a freak, a goal-machine, a phenomenal super-gladiator whose competitive consistency is amazing.
In 77 knock-out games in the Champions League he’s scored 65 goals and made 14 assists.
Last night’s hat-trick gives Ronaldo 124 goals in the Champions League. Atletico Madrid have 118.