Champions League: City and PSG look the real deal in 2019/20

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Guardiola's City are Champions League favourites

Man City and PSG have strong squads, arguably the two best young talents in Europe and look like they've overcome their Champions League problems, says Max Liu.

"City are 4.216/5 favourites to win the tournament while PSG 8.88/1 trail both defending champions Liverpool 7.26/1 and Barcelona 8.27/1 in the Exchange betting."

With the exception of Chelsea's 1-0 victory away to Ajax, there were few surprises in this week's Champions League fixtures. Leading contenders, including Liverpool, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus all won, but the emphatic style in which Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain sustained their 100% records was truly impressive and suggested the competition could have a first time winner this season.

Form of Mbappe and Sterling makes PSG and City real contenders

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City are 4.216/5 favourites to win the tournament while PSG 8.88/1 trail both defending champions Liverpool 7.26/1 and Barcelona 8.27/1 in the Exchange betting.

Like the English champions, PSG have earned a reputation for choking in this competition but their 5-0 victory away to Club Brugge means PSG have won four consecutive away games in the Champions League for the first time in their history.

That suggests Thomas Tuchel's talented squad might have figured out how to play in this competition and, with Kylian Mbappe smashing a superb hat-trick against the Belgians, they have one of the most exciting players in the competition.

Almost exactly the same arguments can be made for City for whom Raheem Sterling scored three as they beat Atalanta 5-1 in Manchester. Sergio Aguero added the other two to become just the second player to score 20 Champions League goals at an English stadium

Liverpool and Spurs record emphatic wins while Chelsea stun Ajax

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Liverpool gave their most accomplished display in this tournament so far this season when winning 4-1 away to Genk. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got two for the Reds, while Mo Salah scored on his return from injury with Sadio Mane grabbing the other.

Tottenham banished memories of their 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich last time out by beating Crvena Zvezda 5-0. It was Spurs' second-biggest ever win in Europe's premier competition (the 8-1 victory over Górnik Zabrzein in 1961 is the biggest) and, more importantly, a first win of this campaign.

It put them second in their group behind Bayern Munich, who ran out 3-2 winners away to Olympiakos, and in with a decent chance of qualifying for the knockout stages. Who knows maybe another run to the final isn't beyond Spurs, who tend to improve as the competition goes on, this season.

After a rocky start things seem to be coming together for Frank Lampard's Chelsea who achieved the best result of their new manager's tenure on Wednesday.

The Blues were 1-0 winners away to Ajax as Michy Batshuayi, who had earlier missed a sitter, scored the decisive goal with four minutes remaining. Lampard will be delighted with the way his players out-fought last season's semi-finalists but he deserves plenty of credit for the way he organised his players at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

It was the first time Chelsea, who are 38.037/1 to win the competition, have registered back-to-back away Champions League victories for the first time since October 2013 and Ajax's first defeat in the group stage for half-a-decade.

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