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Champions League Takeaway: Bayern Burn PSG, Spurs Whimper Out, A Big Win for Potter’s Chelsea & Benfica Sink Scotty P

9 March 2023

Hello Rank Squad!

It’s time for the Champions League Takeaway – an immediate review of everything that went down in the Champions League this week as the first four teams booked their quarter-final slots. Every matchweek, we’re going to be ranking the three key takeaways from each of the games played that week, and looking at the games through that Ranks FC lens, to give you a sense of everything that we learned from each game.

We start with Bayern knocking out PSG, looking at the performances of Dayot Upamecano, the insane pace of the game and what the next steps are in Paris; before taking a dive into Spurs’ limp 0-0 that saw them exit at the hands of AC Milan, discussing Mike Maignan’s influence, the bizarre way in which Spurs let this one dribble away from them, and Harry Kane’s future after this display.

Then in Part 2, we head for Lisbon where Benfica dismantled Club Brugge, talking about Gonçalo Ramos’ development into a complete No. 9, the disaster that was Scott Parker’s time in Belgium, and a remarkable season for João Mario; before finishing at Stamford Bridge, where we talk some mesmerising individual displays from Havertz, Chilwell and Cucurella, how Dortmund let the tie slip from their hands, and the penalty landscape in which we now reside.

It’s Ranks!