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Champions League: Lionel Messi, Neymar and Paulo Dybala in team of the week

The ESPN FC crew were full of praise for Barcelona's offense, led by captain Leonel Messi, in their win over Tottenham Hotspur.
ESPN FC's Steve Nicol explains why Napoli were deserving of their late victory, despite Liverpool's best efforts to hold on for a draw.
Stevie Nicol says while PSG eased past Red Star, he's looking for Neymar and company to show up in the knockout rounds.

The Champions League saw goals, goals and more goals this week, but who were the stars? Here's the best XI from Matchday 2.

Goalkeeper - Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich)
Neuer cannot have expected to be the busier goalkeeper when Ajax visited the Allianz Arena, but had he not been at his sharpest then the Dutch side could have come away with a famous win. He made a number of important stops, none more so than at the very end when he tipped a rasping Lasse Schone free kick onto the crossbar to ensure...

Hugo Lloris 3/10 for putting Spurs on the back foot against Barcelona

The ESPN FC crew were full of praise for Barcelona's offense, led by captain Leonel Messi, in their win over Tottenham Hotspur.
ESPN FC's Ale Moreno reiterates that Lionel Messi is the best player in the world, and it showed in Barcelona's dominating performance over Tottenham

A slick Barcelona, inspired by a sensational performance from Lionel Messi, outclassed a weakened Spurs and ran out deserved 4-2 winners. Tottenham, though, were in part the architects of their own downfall, with Hugo Lloris gifting the Catalan side the opening goal inside two minutes. A superb volley from Ivan Rakitic doubled the scoreline, and at the interval Spurs looked dead and buried. In the second half, Tottenham twice threatened an unlikely comeback with goals form Harry Kane and Erik Lamela...

Axel Witsel, Manuel Akanji produce 9/10 performances as Dortmund thrash Monaco

DORTMUND, Germany -- Borussia Dortmund have their desired start in the Champions League as they beat AS Monaco 3-0 on Wednesday night and now have six points in Group A after two rounds.

The Black and Yellows had to make do without Christian Pulisic, as the 20-year-old picked up a torn muscle fibre before the game and is likely to miss the next league match against Augsburg as well as the international week with the United States.

His absence showed in the first half, as "super-sub" Jadon Sancho,...

Antoine Griezmann, Filipe Luis shine as Atletico Madrid top Club Brugge

Antoine Griezmann was the star man against Club Brugge, scoring two goals as Atletico won 3-1.
Antoine Griezmann was the star man against Club Brugge, scoring two goals as Atletico won 3-1.

Atletico Madrid took a huge step towards the knockout stages of the Champions League with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Brugge on Wednesday.

Antoine Griezmann was the hero with a double, before Koke's late strike put the icing on the cake. Hats off to Brugge's Arnaut Groenveld, who scored a stunning effort to level things up at 1-1 in the first half.

Atleti march onwards and upwards after a tough start to the campaign and will be confident of all but sealing a place in the last 16 next time...

Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba key encouraging Barcelona performance vs. Tottenham

ESPN FC's Ale Moreno reiterates that Lionel Messi is the best player in the world, and it showed in Barcelona's dominating performance over Tottenham

Lionel Messi scored twice as Barcelona ended a three-game winless run to beat Tottenham Hotspur 4-2 in the Champions League.

Barca took the lead inside the first two minutes when Philippe Coutinho drove home after Messi had released Jordi Alba.

Ivan Rakitic thumped home the La Liga side's second before the break with a volley but Harry Kane pulled one back for the home side in the second half. Messi quickly restored Barca's two-goal lead before Erik Lamela's deflected effort hauled Spurs back...

Vintage Lionel Messi provides yet another reminder of his greatness

The ESPN FC crew were full of praise for Barcelona's offense, led by captain Leonel Messi, in their win over Tottenham Hotspur.
ESPN FC's Ale Moreno reiterates that Lionel Messi is the best player in the world, and it showed in Barcelona's dominating performance over Tottenham

LONDON -- Mauricio Pochettino certainly called it when, the day before his side met Barcelona at Wembley, the Tottenham manager admitted he could not find a solution for dealing with Lionel Messi and that he just told his players to relish the experience of facing against arguably football's greatest-ever player.

"I am not going to try to find a solution," Pochettino said on Tuesday. "I am going to say to the players: 'Enjoy playing against Messi.' This is the type of player that you are going to...