Ronaldo, Messi, Aguero lead UCL Team of the Week as Ospina shines in goal
With the Champions League returning, here's a look at our best XI from the group stage of Matchday One as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero shine.
Goalkeeper: David Ospina (Arsenal)
The Arsenal goalkeeper has his critics, and sometimes players are lampooned to the extent that too much is also made of their good performances. But without Ospina, the Gunners may not have emerged from a tricky night against Paris Saint-Germain unscathed. He was "world class," according to his manager Arsene Wenger, and there were certainly moments to savour, not least two superb saves from Edinson Cavani after dashing sharply off his line. Ospina played like an extra defender at times, mopping up behind his back four, and surely did enough to keep his place in Arsenal's Champions League team over Petr Cech.
Right-back: Andrea Raggi (Monaco)
How different would things have been at Wembley if the Monaco right-back had not cleared off the line from Son Heung-Min in the 10th minute? The defender was perfectly positioned to adjust his feet and boot the ball away after the unmarked Korean's far-post effort had beaten Danijel Subasic, and six minutes later the visitors scored their first goal of the night through Bernardo Silva. Tottenham put their opponents under pressure throughout the night but the home defence coped well and the 32-year-old Italian Raggi's experience was crucial.
Left-back: Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)
Portuguese left-back Guerreiro looks an outstanding addition by Thomas Tuchel and was irrepressible for his new side's crushing 6-0 win at Legia Warsaw. A teasing free kick created Dortmund's second goal for Sokratis, then Guerreiro got in on the act himself to finish coolly into the corner for the fourth. "These teams are much, much better than us," said the Legia manager Besnik Hasi afterwards, and Guerreiro's looks likely to be a key part of the summer revolution designed to take Dortmund up a level.
Centre-back: Adil Rami (Sevilla)
Sevilla's performance in the 0-0 draw at Juventus suggested they are more than cut out for life at this level, and Rami -- integral for the serial Europa League winners last season -- expertly marshalled a defence that afforded the Bianconeri few clear chances. It was a typically committed display from Rami, who appealed for a second-half penalty after a bout of wrestling at a corner with Giorgio Chiellini. Both defences ended up on top in Turin.
Centre-back: Robert Huth (Leicester City)
Leicester were in control of the 3-0 win against Club Brugge after one early scare when Jose Izquierdo sprang clear but missed the target, and the experience of Huth was vital to a composed defensive display. Huth was one of just three players in the Foxes' side to have played Champions League football before and was crucial in providing a solid base for an increasingly assured team to build from. He might even have scored at the other end with a second-half header.
Central midfielder: Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid)
Atletico are at it again, judging by their 1-0 win at PSV Eindhoven, and so is their brilliant midfielder Saul. He scored a wonderful solo goal in last season's semifinal first leg against Bayern Munich and was a matchwinner this time too. It was another strike worth waiting for, improvising to scissor-kick a left-footed volley into the corner after his first effort had been blocked. The technique and quick thinking were masterful, as was the 21-year-old's overall performance. Saul's influence continues to grow rapidly on Europe's biggest stage.
Central midfielder: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
Another 21-year-old to take a central role in this week's XI, Kimmich keeps on improving and it looks as if a midfield place in Carlo Ancelotti's side is his for keeps. The versatile Germany international followed a goal last Friday against Schalke with two in the 5-0 win over Rostov, scoring them both in seven second-half minutes to put this one firmly beyond the Champions League debutants. "It's just a question of confidence, which comes with the first goal of course," Kimmich said afterwards, and his all-action showing was the talking point on a night when Bayern brought up 13 consecutive home wins in the competition.
Attacking midfielder: Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)
What an introduction to Champions League football for Leicester and what a contribution from Mahrez, who had been relatively quiet in the season's early stages. His 29th minute free kick, won after Jamie Vardy capitalised on a defensive mistake, was certainly cut-out for a left footer and the finish was devastating -- whipped straight into the opposite top corner, giving a calamity-prone Ludovic Butelle no chance at all. His second-half spot kick, after Butelle had wiped out Vardy, was taken with similar confidence and the Foxes could celebrate an historic victory. "Maybe the [Champions League] music woke him up," suggested Claudio Ranieri.
Right forward: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Messi's sixth Champions League hat trick (his 40th in club football) was the icing on the cake of an irresistible 7-0 Barcelona performance in which Celtic were barely given a kick. He has scored more spectacular goals, but the second came from a sublime move with the equally marvellous Neymar -- who scored one of his own and set up four -- and the movement of Barca's feted front three was far too much for their opponents all night. Luis Suarez scored two as well and it was some way to bounce back from the weekend's 2-1 home defeat to Alaves.
Left forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
It did not seem to have been Ronaldo's night against Sporting Lisbon - the club that raised him. Little went right in front of goal and one second-half miss, hitting the post from point blank range, suggested the Portuguese forward's first employers were about to escape the Bernabeu with an improbable win. But as the clock ticked down he came up with the kind of contribution that marks him out from the rest, bending home a devastating free kick -- his hardest chance of the night -- with a minute of regulation time to play. There was still time for Real to win it 2-1 at the death through Alvaro Morata, too.
Centre forward: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Sitting out the Manchester derby through suspension did Aguero little harm. He could have scored more than three in their 4-0 rout of Borussia Monchengladbach, such was the alacrity with which Pep Guardiola's team carved open their opposition. A close-range jab, a penalty and a coolly-taken one-on-one were all confident finishes and he shrugged off a knock shortly before half-time to make sure of his second Champions League hat trick of the season. His first came in an equally commanding play-off thrashing of Steaua Bucharest; even though tougher tests lie ahead, City and Aguero already look ominously sharp.
Nick Ames is a football journalist who writes for ESPN FC on a range of topics. Twitter: @NickAmes82.