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Champions League Takeaway: High Five for Haaland’s City, Dogfight at the Dragão, Real Dispatch Liverpool & Another Nice Neapolitan Night

15 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 we locked in the final four teams in those 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 Manchester City’s 7-0 demolition of RB Leipzig, looking at Erling Haaland’s goalscoring instincts, Leipzig’s brave but foolish gameplan, and why City feel like real favourites this year; before taking a dive into Inter’s battling 0-0 that saw them progress at the Dragão at the expense of Porto, discussing Inter’s defensive solidity for 90 minutes, the chaos of injury time and why Diogo Costa is the real deal.

Then in Part 2, we head for Madrid where Real Madrid finished the job against Liverpool, talking about Trent’s tricky time against Vinicius Jr. (again), the aging nature of Liverpool’s midfield options, and just how comfortable Real Madrid are in these stages of a stressful competition; before finishing in Naples with Napoli 3-0 Eintracht Frankfurt, looking back at Napoli’s incredible defensive effort in the ranks, how the Kolo Muani red card ruined the tie for Eintracht, and why Napoli’s ball manipulation around the pitch puts them up there with the best in the world right now.

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