Cologne - The international press have fallen over themselves in praising the Bundesliga's UEFA Champions League representatives, who, but for Bayer 04 Leverkusen, all picked up positive results in the opening round of group stage encounters. presents an overview of how the Bundesliga sides' displays in the Champions League this week were received by the international media...

FC Bayern München 1-0 Manchester City FC


Süddeutsche Zeitung: "Jerome Boateng's pile-driver redeemed FC Bayern. Pep Guardiola jumped across the turf like a schoolboy, his tongue between his lips, ready to play a prank. He leapt forward and playfully shoved Boateng. They smiled; things had ended well for Bayern again."

kicker: "The Bavarians passed up a host of good opportunities in the first half and struggled to break down their deep-lying visitors in the second, but shortly before full time, Jerome Boateng gave them a deserved three points with a booming volley."

Die Zeit: "A very good performance from Bayern. Sometimes a back three, other times a back four; one player driving forward with the other slotting in behind. Against Stuttgart, they relied on long balls from Xabi Alonso, but against Man City, passing was shorter, quicker and more direct to goal - more Guardiola-like."


The Guardian: "For Manchester City, it was a wretched way to lose and a lesson, perhaps, about just how brutal football can be at this level. Bayern had done little to discredit the theory that they have regressed since Guardiola inherited that brilliant team from Jupp Heynckes, but they still have great qualities of perseverance, and eventually it proved to be enough."

The Telegraph: "Joe Hart carried Manchester City to within 60 seconds of a precious Group E point but was then beaten by Jerome Boateng’s strike, a shot that required a slight deflection to elude him, the cruelty of the denouement compounded by the fact that it was from a former team-mate."

BBC Sport: "German champions Bayern controlled the majority of the match and could have been out of sight by half-time without Hart's heroics."


Marca: "A late goal from defender Jerome Boateng gave Bayern a 1-0 victory over Manchester City in a game in which the German champions were clearly on top, although both teams had chances."

AS: "We witnessed a spectacle in Munich with chances at both ends - although there was more for an in-form Joe Hart to deal with, the keeper almost conceding after just 43 seconds. It was a great game which Bayern dominated. Never before has a Pep Guardiola team played so directly."

Chelsea FC 1-1 FC Schalke 04


Der Westen: “They were missing a host of players with injury and up against a strong opponent that took an early lead - yet Schalke 04 were able to wrestle a point at Chelsea thanks to a Klaas-Jan Huntelaar goal. The result allows under pressure coach Jens Keller to breathe a sigh of relief.”

Berliner Zeitung: “As the match progressed, Schalke got stronger. After falling 1-0 behind, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar converted a deserved equaliser, and there might even have been more in the game for the Royal Blues.”

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: “Schalke 04 show a different face in the Champions League compared to the Bundesliga, claiming an important point at Chelsea. A brave and competitive emergency XI emerged more than respectably from their ordeal."


The Guardian: “The sight of Schalke players celebrating wildly on the turf at the final whistle, all hugs and punches of the air, while the hosts skulked off down the tunnel told its own story.”

The Telegraph: “Schalke were clearly delighted, celebrating as if they'd just knocked Chelsea out. But it was a deserved draw. They were well worth it in the second half - with Julian Draxler magnificent.”

BBC Sport: “It was a deserved point for the German side, after an impressive defensive display as Chelsea pushed for a winner in the closing stages.”

Borussia Dortmund 2-0 Arsenal FC


Ruhrnachrichten: "Stunning goals, football played at a furious pace and a magnificent atmosphere - Borussia Dortmund are back in the Champions League. After a difficult start to the season, Dortmund were some way back to the form they showed in 2012/13, dominating perhaps the group's strongest team for 90 minutes.

Die Welt: "Dortmund proved on Tuesday night that a playing system's personal isn't important as long as individual players execute their roles in pressing the opponent."


The Guardian: "Dortmund managed to overwhelm Arsenal despite considerable injury issues of their own and the statistics will make grim reading for Wenger. Not just the fact it was a shot-count of 24 against four but that Dortmund’s players ran a collective 11km more than their opponents."

BBC Sport: "Arsenal will have to improve significantly after a woeful display in which they were outfought and outplayed for long periods at Signal Iduna Park. Dortmund, who had 22 shots compared to Arsenal's four, should have won by a more handsome scoreline."

The Telegraph: "Too naïve, too slow, too open, too meek. Arsenal were fortunate they let in only two goals to a sharper, smarter, stronger Dortmund side. Arsene Wenger could point to his injury list but Jürgen Klopp had three players starting with slight muscular problems while Dortmund were missing the flying Marco Reus, who would have loved all the space offered up by the visitors. Even without Reus, Dortmund tore Arsenal apart."


Tuttosport: "Immobile helps dominant Dortmund get off to a winning start in the Champions League. The former Serie A top scorer produces a top performance and breaks the deadlock for BVB just before the break, before Aubameyang puts the result beyond doubt."

AS Monaco 1-0 Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Germany "Just as in last week's 3-3 draw against Bremen, Leverkusen wasted chance after chance. Bellarabi, Son and Castro all had gilt-edge opportunities and didn't once find the target." "Against their rather tame hosts, Bayer controlled the game from midway through the first half, but despite creating presentable chances, they were let down by their finishing."


L'Équipe: "Scoring 22 goals in six games should have meant Leverkusen had enough to worry Monaco, and it was only for some gaping inefficiency in front of the goal that the German guests did not do just that."

Le Monde: "The club from the Ruhr had more opportunities. Fortunately for the Leonardo Jardim's side, the Germans' finishing left a lot to be desired. Gonzalo Castro, Hakan Calhanoglu and Omer Toprak were all guilty of missing promising opportunities.