Not a good night for clubs from Manchester. The red half of the city almost suffered an embarrassing home defeat if it wasn’t for Ashley Young’s late equaliser against Basel in which the game finished 3-3 which will bring back similar memories for Sir Alex when his United team faced Galatasaray in this competition in 1993. Careless would be the word some could use to describe United – a rarity. But the talk of Tuesday night will go to the sky blue half of the city. And Carlos Tevez in particular.
The 27 year-old was named amongst City’s substitutes for the tie against Bayern Munich. With striker Edin Dzeko angered to come off after 55 minutes, just moments later Tevez refused to warm-up and come on. Ouch! That certainly shows the relationship – or lack of – between player and manager. The 2-0 defeat in the Allianz Arena, it seems, is now the least of their problems. Roberto Mancini said after the match “If one player earns a lot of money, play for Manchester City in the Champions League and has this behaviour, for me he can’t play. Never!”.
Elsewhere (and with somewhat less controversy) in Moscow, Inter Milan narrowly earned three points with their away win against CSKA Moscow thanks to a winning goal from Mauro Zárate. Inter are still second in Group B, a point behind Trabzonspor, who themselves drew 1-1 with Joe Cole‘s new outfit Lille.
Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Real Madrid to a 3-0 victory against Ajax. Goals came from Ronaldo himself along with other ‘new galacticos’ Kaka and Karim Benzema. Kaka’s time at Madrid so far hasn’t lived up to the hype he arrived with. His performance at the Bernebeu on Tuesday reminded the world of the genius that the Brazilian had when in AC Milan colours. Madrid are still top of Group D with their 100% record. Lyon are in 2nd position after their 2-0 win against Dinamo Zagreb at the Stade de Gerland.
Here is Tuesday’s results in full:
Bayern Munich 2-0 Man City
CSKA Moscow 2-3 Inter Milan
Lyon 2-0 Dinamo Zagreb
Man Utd 3-3 FC Basel
Napoli 2-0 Villarreal
Real Madrid 3-0 Ajax
SC Otelul Galati 0-1 Benfica
Trabzonspor 1-1 Lille
Champions League football with all the chaos, controversy and mutinies that go with it continue Wednesday. Well, probably not any more mutinies.