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Five Biggest Takeaways From Tuesday’s Champions League Action

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Tuesday's Five Biggest Takeways

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Eight thrilling games were on the schedule of the Champions League today and Europe’s biggest tournament truly delivered, as there was action, emotion and great moments all over the matches. Some great venues like San Siro, the Emirates Stadium and the Veltins Arena, just to name a few, hosted the best of the best in European soccer.

Several world powerhouses stepped onto the pitch today, with Barcelona against AC Milan being the headliner game of the day. It wasn’t the only important game, however, as other quality sides like Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea and Atletico Madrid also took place in this Tuesday full of action.

There were notable stories in all the matches, but there were a few that really stood out above the rest. The one thing that appeared in every single game was the quality showed in every single stadium, as this European tournament features some of the best players on the planet.

What other tournament can gather players with the quality of Neymar, Lionel Messi and Robinho at the same time? There were some shocking results, great goals and amazing performances both individually and collectively, so there will be a lot of stories once this Champions League journey comes to an end tomorrow.

But first, we need to analyze what happened on Tuesday with the first eight matches. So without further ado, join me through this slideshow so we can check the five biggest takeaways from Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League action.

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5. Napoli Can Contend

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Napoli strengthened their side this summer with players like José Callejón and Gonzalo Higuaín, as they wanted to take the next step to become perennial contenders. They have done a good job in the tournament, and today's victory against Marseille puts them in second place of the group with a lot of chances to get into the next round.

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4. Atletico Maintain Their Run

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Even when they lost their unbeaten record last week against Espanyol, Atletico Madrid healed their wounds in the European stage, as they were able to get past the challenge of Austria Wien with ease. A brace from Diego Costa was key in the team’s victory, and now they have a perfect record after three games.

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3. Chelsea's Win In Germany

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Chelsea had a tough challenge, as they had to visit the Veltins Arena to take on Schalke 04. But Jose Mourinho’s men were up for the task, as they were able to come away with the win. A brace from Fernando Torres and a late goal from Eden Hazard were enough for The Blues, as they now have six points and look in great shape to advance to the next round.

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2. Arsenal - Dortmund Matchup

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One of the most discussed matches before the kickoff delivered and lived up to the expectations, as both teams played with attacking styles, something that was fairly noticeable at the Emirates Stadium. The visitors pulled ahead, and even when The Gunners equalized late in the first half, Dortmund got the winning goal thanks to Robert Lewandowski. They now have six points in two matches.

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1. Milan Performance Against Barcelona

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Despite being outplayed by Barcelona through the majority of the match, what AC Milan was able to accomplish was nothing short of remarkable. Los Blaugranas had more than 60 percent of possession and created some clear chances, especially in the second half, but Il Rossoneri was effective at the back, as they were able to come away with a draw against one of the best teams in the world.