The Champions League has thrown up some surprises already this season. From APOEL's charge to the top of group G, to Manchester United's struggles against weak opposition in group C and on to Borussia Dortmund failure to carry their domestic form from last season into this season's European showcase.
Weeks one through four are when teams establish their intentions in the Champions League and set their stall out to show where they stand amongst the top clubs on the continent. Weeks five and six are the business end of the group stage.
Week five is now upon us, and tonight and tomorrow night, we will get a clear view on who the real contenders for the tournament really are. In this article, I'm going to give you the names of five players that I believe will play a key role in their teams fortunes over this round of games and the remainder of the tournament.
If you've missed my previous articles for players to watch in each match week, that's not at all surprising, since their haven't been any. This is the first one, and if it's a success, I'll try to make it a regular piece.
I hope you enjoy.