Liverpool, Chelsea and United all won fairly uninspiring 1-0 games in the first round of the CL group stage. None of the teams were any great shakes. So let’s compare the ledes in the BBC’s and ESPN’s match reports. I mean, they’re probably similar, right?
• Liverpool opened their Champions League campaign in unconvincing fashion with a narrow win over Hungarian champions Debrecen.
• Chelsea started their quest to claim the Champions League crown that has remained tantalisingly out of reach with a hard-fought victory against Porto at Stamford Bridge.
• Paul Scholes earned Manchester United a hard-fought win at Besiktas in their opening Champions League Group B game.
• Kuyt settles tie as Reds labour
Dirk Kuyt's 12th goal in 35 Champions League games for Liverpool saw the Anfield men claim an opening Group E victory but there was nothing to suggest a Madrid final in May is on the cards.
• Anelka is Ancelotti's charm
Nicolas Anelka proved Chelsea can survive and prosper without banned Didier Drogba as the France international settled their opening Champions League qualifying game against Porto with a second half winner.
• Scholes header seals United win
Paul Scholes popped up 13 minutes from time to ensure Manchester United's bid to reach a third successive Champions League final got off on exactly the right note in Istanbul.
No, no media bias at all. Whining Scousers.