Nigerian football fans were glued to their television sets on Tuesday night as the most popular club competition in the World, the UEFA Champions League made a return across several European centers to herald the 2017/2018 season.
Many fans were keen to see how Nigerians gracing the competition will perform and it was indeed an evening of missed performances and results from the Nigerian contingents taking part in the glamorous competition.
There was a great start for CSKA Moscow of Russia featuring Nigerian striker Aron Samuel from the start in their 2-1 win over Portuguese champions Benfica after coming back from a goal down.
Aron Samuel’s night came to a premature end however, when he picked up an injury in the second half before getting subbed off in the 67th minute with scores still at 1-1, but his teammates eventually completed the turn around to secure maximum points in Portugal.
The extent of Aron Samuel injury will be revealed in the coming days when a full assessment is conducted on the player.
In England their was a comic moment on the Chelsea bench which will sure raise some panic from Nigerian international Victor Moses when the cameras picked up Chelsea teammates mocking the rested wing back after Zappacosta scored a ridiculous brilliant goal in the first half.
Chelsea players teased Moses on the bench brings to the fore the measure of challenge the gifted Nigerian will be contending against with the performance of the Torino right back by coach Antonio Conte.
The player signed at the last moment of the summer transfer by Chelsea has made a strong claim for a regular starting spot with commanding displays first against Leicester City over the weekend when he came on to replace Moses and now in the 6-0 pounding of Qarabag in last night’s Champions League match which marked his full debut for the blues.
Moses despite all of his qualities, questions could still be asked about Moses’s contribution in the final third; since the beginning of last season, Alonso has scored eight goals and contributed three assists in the Premier League, while Moses – despite being nominally a more attacking player – has contributed two assists and scored three.
Still Moses will not be facing a phase out just yet as he remains the number one choice at wing back for manager Antonio Conte, but his subsequent performances will determine his further claim to that spot.