The returns of the kings.

It was a midweek of great returns: Lionel Messi returning from injury to rescue Barcelona, ex-Gunner Serge Gnabry returning to north London as Tottenham’s tormentor, Robert Lewandowski equalling the European goal returns of Ruud van Nistelrooy. The best stories, comments, and highlights from UEFA Champions League 2019/20 Matchday 2 highest-rated eleven.

4-4-2 | Andriy Pyatov (8.36, Atalanta vs Shakhtar); Joshua Kimmich (8.33, Tottenham vs Bayern), Nemanja Milunovic (7.92, Red Star vs Olympiacos), Presnel Kimpembe (7.75, Galatasaray vs PSG), Renan Lodi (7.87, Lokomotiv vs Atletico); Lionel Messi (9.44, Barcelona vs Inter), Thomas Partey (8.57, Lokomotiv vs Atletico), Toni Kroos (8.47, Real Madrid vs Club Brugge), Serge Gnabry (10.00, Tottenham vs Bayern); Robert Lewandowski (10.00, Tottenham vs Bayern), Artem Dzyuba (8.92, Zenit vs Benfica)

ANDRIY PYATOV

@fcshakhtar

Player rating: 8.36
Team score: Atalanta 1–2 Shakhtar
Individual highlights: 1 penalty save, 4 total saves

JOSHUA KIMMICH

@jok_32

Player rating: 8.33
Team score: Tottenham 2–7 Bayern
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 93% pass success

Joshua Kimmich goal, Tottenham Hotspur vs Bayern Munich, UEFA Champions League 2019/2020
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NEMANJA MILUNOVIC

@crvenazvezdafk

Player rating: 7.92
Team score: Red Star 3–1 Olympiacos
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 98 touches

Marko Marin assist Nemanja Milunovic goal, Red Star Belgrade vs Olympiacos, UEFA Champions League 2019/2020
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PRESNEL KIMPEMBE

@kimpembe3

Player rating: 7.75
Team score: Galatasaray 0–1 PSG
Individual highlights: 5 tackles, 5 aerials won

RENAN LODI

@renan_lodi

Player rating: 7.87
Team score: Lokomotiv 0–2 Atletico
Individual highlights: 4 tackles, 2 key passes

LIONEL MESSI

@fcbarcelona

Player rating: 9.44
Team score: Barcelona 2–1 Inter
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 10 dribbles

"

I'm only getting started.

This is the first time that I've completed a full 90 minutes, it's been a while. As the season goes on I'll let loose gradually."

– Lionel Messi on returning from injury for 2019/20

Lionel Messi assist Luis Suarez goal, Barcelona vs Inter Milan, UEFA Champions League 2019/2020
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THOMAS PARTEY

@thomaspartey5

Player rating: 8.57
Team score: Lokomotiv 0–2 Atletico
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 99 touches

Diego Costa assist Thomas Partey goal, Lokomotiv Moscow vs Atletico Madrid, UEFA Champions League 2019/2020
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TONI KROOS

@real._.madridista

Player rating: 8.47
Team score: Real Madrid 2–2 Club Brugge
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 8 key passes

Toni Kroos assist Carlos Casemiro goal, Real Madrid vs Club Brugge, UEFA Champions League 2019/2020
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SERGE GNABRY

@alpha_dxt

Player rating: 10.00
Team score: Tottenham 2–7 Bayern
Individual highlights: 4 goals, 1 assist

"

None of us expected the scoreline. To have scored four goals is just such an unreal feeling.

I imagine all the Arsenal fans enjoyed that one: North London is red!"

– Serge Gnabry on returning to North London to torment Tottenham

Benjamin Pavard assist Serge Gnabry goal, Tottenham Hotspur vs Bayern Munich, UEFA Champions League 2019/2020
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Corentin Tolisso assist Serge Gnabry goal, Tottenham Hotspur vs Bayern Munich, UEFA Champions League 2019/2020
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Thiago Alcantara assist Serge Gnabry goal, Tottenham Hotspur vs Bayern Munich, UEFA Champions League 2019/2020
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Corentin Tolisso assist Serge Gnabry goal, Tottenham Hotspur vs Bayern Munich, UEFA Champions League 2019/2020
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ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI

@_rl9

Player rating: 10.00
Team score: Tottenham 2–7 Bayern
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 6 shots

"

To be honest I don't count my goals.

I score to help my team. If I score a lot, it's easier for us to achieve our collective goals."

– Robert Lewandowski on equalling Ruud van Nistelrooy's Champions League goal returns

Serge Gnabry assist Robert Lewandowski goal, Tottenham Hotspur vs Bayern Munich, UEFA Champions League 2019/2020
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Philippe Coutinho assist Robert Lewandowski goal, Tottenham Hotspur vs Bayern Munich, UEFA Champions League 2019/2020
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ARTEM DZYUBA

@championsleague

Player rating: 8.92
Team score: Zenit 3–1 Benfica
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 10 aerials won

Magomed Ozdoev assist Artem Dzyuba, Zenit St Petersburg vs Benfica, UEFA Champions League 2019/2020
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