Barcelona needed two great Luis Suarez goals to overcome Inter Milan at home, while Liverpool won after blowing a three-goal lead and Chelsea needed a late stunner from Willian to secure all three points.
Tottenham was embarrassed by Bayern Munich, Joao Felix finally got off the mark for Atletico Madrid while its capital rival escaped with a point against Club Brugge. Here are three thoughts from another wild day of action in the Champions League.
Atletico Madrid overhauled its nucleus and tactical approach, while Real Madrid spent over $300 million on new stars only to still be confronting an aging midfield. As they both figure out their new selves, they meet in the Spanish capital.
If there is a significance to player awards, it's that the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo duopoly isn't actually over and that the Barcelona star has now won the most of all time, but Messi's triumph says plenty about the modern game's infatuation with the individual and pays little attention to the award's supposed criteria.
After Liverpool's 2-1 victory against Chelsea on Sunday, Klopp praised character above overall performance as his side secured six straight league wins from the start of the campaign. For Frank Lampard, meanwhile, the need to improve defensively is a priority that must be addressed.
PSG won the battle of shorthanded group favorites, while Tottenham and Juventus let sure points slip away and Bayern Munich and Manchester City eased to victory to open group play in the Champions League.
Last season's winner begins with a familiar defeat, while Chelsea is left to sort out some internal decision making and RB Salzburg's breakout star takes it a step further on opening day of the 2019-2020 Champions League.
Man City’s defeat to Norwich City felt almost impossible. But thanks to a fearless performance from Daniel Farke's side, Norwich proved that it can do more than just survive in the league. As for City, it's still early, but suddenly Pep Guardiola has some serious work to do.