Pretty much everything that had taken place during this European midweek round of matches was overshadowed by the marvelous occasion of not only a Nathaniel Chalobah start, but also a well-taken goal! Chalobah started (and finished) in a 3-man midfield for Napoli against Legia Warsaw, as the Serie A contenders looked to make it six wins out of six in the group stage of the Europa League.
Here is Don Chalobah's goal:
Can you hear the shouts of "Chalobah!"? Can you? Gazzetta dello Sport calls it "a masterpiece of technique and precision."
Napoli's Assistant Manager, Francesco Calzona spoke after the game, and shed some light on why Chalobah has found minutes hard to come by so far, but also why he should be looking to play a bigger part going forward.
[Chalobah] was learning the language and was behind in the tactical aspect. Initially he had trained with us a little because of the national [team]; [he] to be more careful in his movement and improve offensive and defensive. He must have time to grow, [he] will give us a hand.
Andreas Christensen and Borussia Monchengladbach had the better of opponents Manchester City in the first half, coming back from a goal down to lead 2-1 going into the break. However, the team from North Rhine-Westphalia couldn't hold off City for the entire game, lapsing in concentration and conceding three goals in the latter half. Christensen could have certainly done better with one of them, losing an aerial duel to David Silva (!) .
You can read Christensen's post-match quotes, along with a few others, here.
Juan Cuadrado played the last 15 minutes of Juventus' 1-0 loss to Sevilla.
Although he started, Mario Pasalic had the misfortune of suffering a rout by Tottenham Hotspur, as AS Monaco crashed out of the Europa League via a 4-1 loss at White Hart Lane.
There was good news early this morning, with the return of Christian Atsu to training! Speaking to the Daily Echo, Bournemouth's Assistant Manager Jason Tindall had the following to say on the Ghanaian winger:
"Chris has been out for some time, so we are building him up slowly and managing him so he doesn't break down again.
When a player has been out for a number of weeks, they need a good few training sessions under their belt to make sure there is no recurrence of the injury or no further damage.
They need to get that sharpness and fitness back which they are going to need to perform in games. We are at the stage with Chris where he has only trained for a couple of days since he has been back. He will be assessed week by week and, hopefully, we will have him back available for selection in the next three weeks or so, providing everything goes to plan."