There really is nothing like the UEFA Champions League.
Heavyweights clashed everywhere you looked through the schedule. Lots of braces across the continent, a hat-trick in Barcelona and there are as many investigations as there are celebrations… we’re looking at you, Liverpool.
So, after the opening round of group matches, who makes? Sportsmails Champions League Team of the Week?
Manchester City gave away an attacking clinic in Sevilla before the opening round of the matches
Gianluigi Donnarumma (PSG)
People were quick to jump on the Italian for being guilty of the Juventus goal, but when we look at the game in the bigger picture, he was key to ensuring PSG land this win.
In the first half, he made a remarkable direct save to deny a header from Arkadiusz Milik, and at 2-1 in the second, he was called up again to stop Dusan Vlahovic’s downward header over the six-yard box. .
Donnarumma is extremely talented, but the knives are already out for him. Opponents seem to have made up their minds, but his crucial stops are hard to disprove.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (right) is under heavy scrutiny from PSG fans, but he made two key stops
Joao Cancelo (Man City)
For anyone who has seen anything from Manchester City in recent seasons, Joaoo Cancelo’s playing well has long since ceased to be headlines.
But this performance in Seville was hugely impressive, even by his lofty standards.
The fullback had 105 touches, won 100 percent of his tackles and finished with an 89 percent passing accuracy.
Add two more that he produced two clearances, two key passes and two assists on a night that ended 4-0.
He tops the table with Acaf Hakimi as the most talented right-back in the world.
Joao Cancelo (right) was fantastic against Sevilla and finished the evening with two assists
Ruben Dias (Man City)
Rock solid at the back and finished with his first Champions League goal for Man City… not a bad night’s work for Ruben Dias.
City was rarely threatened and Dias deserves credit as the back-line orchestrator.
Sevilla were limited to just one shot on target and that meanness in defence, along with a new centre-back in Manuel Akanji, bodes well for the rest of the competition.
Tougher tests await, not least a trip to Dortmund to take on the Yellow Wall, but it is difficult to find central defenders who have the complete game like Dias.
Ruben Dias is the foundation for Man City to build on and he added the fourth goal in the defeat
Calvin Bassey (Ajax)
Talk about standing up for the occasion.
Calvin Bassey, against his old team, produced an assist and helped to clean the slate on his Champions League debut.
Bassey barely set a foot wrong all night.
His pass accuracy was a whopping 97 percent, completing 142 of 146 pass attempts.
Eight recoveries show his ability on the other side of the ball and Ajax, as Rangers know all too well, has packed a gem in the 22-year-old.
Calvin Bassey seems to be a brilliant thing for Ajax after his switch from Rangers
Alex Grimaldo (Benfica)
My word, what a goal Alex Grimaldo scored to seal a 2-0 win for Benfica.
He picked it up on the left, sauntered in and fired from 25 yards out of a loop in the top corner. Excellent.
This was as dominant a performance as any from the opening round of the matches.
A goal and an assist in Benfica’s 2-0 win, a clean sheet and four of his eight games won.
How Grimaldo has been kept out of the clutches of Premier League clubs is a mystery…
Clubs outside Portugal will have to pay more attention to left-back Alex Grimaldo (right)
Marian Shved (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Here’s a name few might have expected to take the top midfield spot in Team of the Week, but it’s impossible to argue with.
Marian Shved, on his first Champions League start for Shakhtar, produced a man-of-the-match performance with two goals.
His move to Celtic in 2019 never went as he had hoped, but this was a dream start for the Ukrainians as one of six players to grab a brace in matchday one.
Keep it up and Shakhtar may have a job that convinces him to fulfill the five-year contract he had written earlier this month.
Marian Shved produced a man-of-the-match display as Shakhtar Donetsk defeated RB Leipzig
Piotr Zielinsky (Napoli)
Flattening Liverpool is no small feat and Napoli can thank Piotr Zielinski for playing a key role in the midfield engine room.
Complementing the two goals he scored in the 4-1 defeat, Zielinski proved to be the heartbeat of Luciano Spalletti’s side and has clearly overcome all complaints about a potential Premier League switch in the summer.
Two goals, one assist and a passing accuracy of 86 percent indicate an almost flawless rendering.
When Napoli dances to the tune of Zielinski’s drum, they can make a real sound that goes beyond just coming from group A.
A fantastic footballer in full flight.
Piotr Zielinski is the heartbeat of Napoli’s team and his brace showed he is also a target threat
Marcus Edwards (Sporting Lisbon)
Once dubbed the ‘mini Messi’ at Tottenham by Mauricio Pochettino, it may have been a wise move when Marcus Edwards stepped out of the spotlight to focus solely on his football in Portugal.
He is now reaping the benefits with a goal and an assist in Sporting Lisbon’s 3-0 defeat on the way to Eintracht Frankfurt.
In Germany, Edwards became the fifth different Englishman to score a Champions League goal for a non-British club since 2018/19.
Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham did that for Borussia Dortmund, Fikayo Tomori for AC Milan and Angel Gomes for Lille.
In a group many expect Tottenham to win, an old flame may still come back to burn them.
Marcus Edwards (left) has been patient on his ascent to the top, but he’s here and blooming now
Kylian Mbappe (PSG)
There are no more superlatives for him, honestly.
Say what you will about the power he wields behind the scenes at PSG, but there can be little criticism of what he produces on the pitch in the biggest games.
In the first 45 minutes against Juventus he had two shots on target and two goals, both insanely good finishes on the volley.
Add to that the fact that he won 3/4 ground duels and had a passing accuracy of 91 percent, it was almost flawless.
His quality is so good that you can really argue that he is the best striker in world football.
Kylian Mbappe can credibly claim he’s the best in the world right now
Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona)
Player of the week, hands down.
Yes, it’s Viktoria Plzen. Yes, we expect them to finish at the bottom of the group.
But hat-tricks in the Champions League are no small feat, so let’s not take anything from Robert Lewandowski.
He finished it off with a stunning curled effort also low in the bottom corner, just to emphasize how good he is. Usually borders on unfair.
His latest treble has him third in all-time Champions League top scorers with 89, behind Lionel Messi (125) and Cristiano Ronaldo (140).
At this rate, he will reach his century sooner rather than later.
Robert Lewandowski proved that age is just a number with his last hat-trick in Europe
One word: match winner.
Tottenham gasped and puffed to no great joy in the second half. Marseille had only 10 left and defended admirably, until it came to marking Richarlison in the air and then there would be only one winner.
The Brazilian was eager to score his first goal since his £50m move from Everton. You could see in recent appearances how eager he was to get the monkey off his back.
Well, consider it a long time ago with this late, late show.
Four shots, two on target, two goals. Tottenham 2-0 Marseille. Job done.
A night the Brazilian will never forget.
Richarlison (left) left late to spare Spurs blush with brace against 10-man Marseille
NOTABLE MENTIONS: Haaland, Dembele, Reyna
It seems unfair to disregard this trio given their incredible impact on Matchday One.
Two goals for Erling Haaland in the 4-0 match against Sevilla. Two assists for Ousmane Dembele in the 5-1 drubbing over Plzen. Two assists from the bench for Giovanni Reyna after he replaced Thorgan Hazard.
But all three encountered arguments that were difficult to talk through.