Top 5 teams in the UEFA Champions League 2019-20 after Matchday 5
Our favourite club competition is just one game away from the brutal knockout rounds, and this week we were once again served up a cocktail of goals, comebacks, and tactical masterclasses.
Jose Mourinho made his long-awaited return to Champions League football at the helm of Tottenham Hostpur, and he engineered a memorable comeback in his first home game at his new club.
Also, Real Madrid was left ruing missed opportunities as Kylian Mbappe and his Paris Saint-Germain cohorts made a last gasp steal of the points bag, bolting away with one point and first place in Group A.
It's been 5 beautiful games, with a lot of heartbreaks, upsets, and goal thrillers, as Europe's premier clubs battle for supremacy. In this article, we'll analyse the top five performing teams in the UEFA Champions League so far.
#5 Manchester City
For the second consecutive matchday, the champions of England have been ambushed by a less fancied opponent, as they surrendered 2 points at home to Shakhtar Donetsk.
The last time Manchester City took on the Ukrainians, it was a 6 goal thriller, but the defensive resolve of Luis Castro's side this time around was impressive. City came into the encounter without Sergio Aguero, and his deputy for the day Gabriel Jesus was gagged for a huge chunk of the match, as he didn't even manage a touch on the ball within the Shakhtar penalty area in the first 45 minutes.
However, despite the Shakhtar nuisance, Pep Guardiola's side marched into the knockout stage unscathed, with one game to spare. Interestingly, the Cityzens haven't lost in the UCL group stage in their last 10 encounters.
Their last group game against Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia will be a mere formality, as Guardiola already looks towards the knockout stage, seeking to engineer City's maiden UCL triumph. The top spot in Group C is a forgone conclusion, with City ahead of second-placed Shakhtar by 5 points.