By Aglaia Staff

The first eight matches of the Champions League Group Stage‘s Matchday 4 were played on Tuesday, with 17 goals scored. Real Madrid and Man City made statements, while Manchester United needed late magic.

Here are three things to know about Tuesday’s action.

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Visit Français : Cristiano Ronaldo lors d’un match entre le Real Madrid et l’UD Almería. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1. Manchester City looks like a real contender without its two best players.

Remember how City lost to Juventus on Matchday 1, and everyone thought it was going to be another season of European failure for the Citizens? Well, City is now in first place in Group D with nine points and earned a spot in the Round of 16 with a convincing 3-1 win at Sevilla on Tuesday. Raheem Sterling scored a fine opener, and City dominated possession on its way to the big win. Without the injured David Silva and Sergio Aguero, City still continues to get results. Watch out for this club as the competition progresses. City is a real threat for the title.

Real Madrid, to the surprise of nobody, is into the Round of 16.

It was another snoozer, really. I mean, it wasn’t as boring as the 0-0 draw on Matchday 3, but you would expect to see plenty of goals when Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo are on the same pitch. It was Nacho’s first half-goal that gave Real Madrid a 1-0 win and a spot in the knockout stages, but fans wanted more. Regardless of the loss, PSG is still in great shape to advance, and Real Madrid is right where most expected.

United barely gets a massive three points.

Manchester United hadn’t scored in the previous three matches, and it almost didn’t score in this one until Wayne Rooney’s winner 12 minutes from time. Sure things look good for United to advance past the group stage, but until it looks like a team on the pitch and creates chance after chance, the club will continue to be a pretender and not a contender. It will take time for this team to gel especially with Anthony Martial, but there is just this feeling that it doesn’t have what it takes to contend, much less win a trophy.


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