The football week that was, was interesting from start to finish. While the Italian league saw disappointing drops in points, other leagues saw big upsets and demolitions, just like I like my football. Let’s review the best results with the last seven days fresh in our minds.
10. Kylian Mbappé (Last week: 5)
Kylian Mbappé had a decent week. He was quiet against AS Monaco at the weekend, keeping him out of goal mainly by Bayern Munich loan Alexander Nübel in goal, as well as hitting the woodwork from basically point-blank range, a mistake that came back to haunt the Paris Saint-Germain as the The game would end 1-1. However, in the following midweek match, Mbappé would go on to score against Toulouse FC, with a lucky shot between goalkeeper Maxime Dupé’s legs on goal after a Lionel Messi cut. He came close to scoring once again, but hit the woodwork again, but PSG got the goal from him when the rebound fell kindly to Juan Bernat, who got past Dupé.
Not bad, but certainly not the Frenchman’s best performance.
9. Kevin De Bruyne (Last Week: 2)
Kevin De Bruyne had an extremely quiet week. He would not contribute up front in a 4-2 win against Crystal Palace on Tuesday, and he failed to make his mark in the 6-0 thrashing of Nottingham Forest after being substituted in the 70th minute.
The Belgian seems to have run out of steam, but if he’s known for anything it’s his ability to come through tough phases to maintain world-class production numbers, so expect the goals and assists to flow again very soon.
8. Rafael Leon (New)
Rafael Leão had a relatively quiet game in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw against Sassuolo, but on Saturday against Bologna, Leão would have a field day. On the counterattack, Charles de Ketelaere would find Leão lurking in the area, and Leão would finish off after what was undoubtedly a poor goal by Lukas Skorupski. Leão would then play set-up, intercepting a pass in the final third before playing a beautiful ball over the top that Olivier Giroud would give the finest touch to get it into the net. Leão was a constant danger, connecting with Fode-Ballo Touré down the flanks and wreaking havoc when he wandered into more central spaces, acting almost as a central attacking partner to Charles de Ketelaere at times.
If Leão can consistently find the kind of form he was in during the 2021/22 season, expect to see a lot more of him on these lists.
7. Leroy Sané (Last week: 9)
Bayern Munich were denied what should have been the destruction of Borussia Mönchengladbach by the superhuman performance of one Yann Sommer, who seemed to save everything that stood in his way. However, Leroy Sané managed to score despite Sommer’s insane form. A testament to the quality of him, Sané would run the game from left midspace, unlocking the defense time and time again, only for Sommer to rain down on the fire each time. It was his extremely well-placed shot from inside the area in the 83rd minute that would finally break Bayern’s duck after a maze run and an incredible pass from fellow German international Jamal Musiala.
You can read more about the Elseworld-like mind-melting game that was the Bayern/Gladbach game right here by checking out our match observations and prizes!
6. Lionel Messi (Last week: 3)
Lionel Messi put in a good performance against AS Monaco on Sunday, failing to really bother the defense with his movement and style on the ball. However, his pass was still crisp, as was his shot, which came painfully close to giving PSG a foot in the game before hitting the woodwork from 25 yards out. Against Toulouse on Wednesday, however, he improved a lot, finding Neymar Jr. with a fantastic through ball between three defenders, which Neymar would finish off. Marco Verratti would then find him back down the left before cutting him off to Mbappé for the second goal of the game.
5. Roberto Firmino (New)
Who would have thought that after several floundering seasons and losing his starting job, it would be Roberto Firmino who would lift Liverpool out of the grave they had been thrown into? After starting striker Darwín Núñez ate the red card and subsequent suspension against Crystal Palace, Liverpool would be forced to use the Brazilian to lead the lines against Bournemouth. Firmino would seize the opportunity by the horns, opening the game with a magnificent cross to Luís Díaz who would head in, before getting another assist just three minutes later with a dismissal for Harvey Elliott who scored from outside the area. Firmino’s third assist would come after half an hour of a silky double with his back to goal with Trent Alexander-Arnold, who would shoot from 25 meters and score. It is true that in the last two assists it would be the scorer who would do most of the work, but Firmino would show that it was not luck that played its part, since just a couple of minutes after Alexander-Arnold’s goal, a ball Floating bounced into the box would be Firmino pounced on him weaving between the central defenders to hit him in the first half. In the second half, Firmino would cap off this world-class performance with another poacher goal, managing to get to the end of a ball that Mark Travers failed to grab and pushing the ball past him for the seventh goal of the game. What a comeback!
Against Newcastle later in the week, Firmino would open up the defense again and again with great through balls and hold-up plays, but would have no luck with his team-mates’ finishing. After Newcastle took the game by the scruff with a goal and a second goal disallowed, Firmino would rather poetically catch Liverpool back in the game the same way he got them out of their troubles all season with a wonderful first shot. time just inside the box that slipped between the legs of Jamaal Lascelles, a goal that would eventually inspire a comeback that saw Liverpool beat Newcastle in the EIGHTH minute of extra time.
4. Erling Haaland (New)
Erling Haaland made the Bundesliga look easy.
He’s making the Premier League look even easier.
With a goal in hand against Crystal Palace on Saturday, Haaland would put Manchester City on a level playing field as he received a fantastic cross from Phil Foden with his head. His brace would come from a loose pass after a corner that would find him unmarked at the far post. Later in the game, İlkay Gündoğan would play Haaland, with the Norwegian managing to get past his defenders and create enough space to pass the ball to Vicente Guaita in goal. His first hat-trick in the Premier League.
Four days later, Haaland would open the scoring in the twelfth minute for City, nailing another delicious cross from Foden on the half volley. Less than ten minutes later, Haaland would put Foden in goal, who would be brought down, but the ball would fall back to Haaland, who conceded it to complete his brace. In just another fifteen minutes, a header to the six-yard box from John Stones would be perfectly placed for Haaland to complete a record hat-trick: just thirty-eight minutes it took him to complete it, a second hat-trick in a row for the northern warrior.
A special mention must also go to Julian Alvarez who was fantastic, just as good as Haaland on the night, but Haaland’s form elsewhere puts him on this list.
3. Yann Sommer (New)
A rule was set for me when I conceived this series: Stick to players who play for clubs that compete in European competition. I will make this one exception because: 1. This is a Bayern Munich site, and the performance in question was against Bayern Munich, and 2. It is perhaps the best individual performance by a goalkeeper in sixty years of recorded football history.
Yann Sommer, against all odds, made nineteen, count ’em, NINETEEN saves to deny Bayern Munich all three points on Saturday. It is a record for the most saves in a game in any competition since data collection began. There really isn’t much more you can say about the man other than ‘Please back off, we’re tired of playing you.’ It may be a dream for the Swiss public, but it is a nightmare for the Bavarian faithful.
2. Robert Lewandowski (Last Week: 7)
I think it was Plato who once said: “There are three guarantees for life. Death, taxes and Robert Lewandowski putting the ball in the back of the net”.
The laws of space and time would still be in order, as Lewandowski scored his second brace in a row, this time against Real Valladolid on Sunday. Lewandowski almost went off the mark ten minutes into the game with a deflected header that came painfully close to going in before finding the post, as well as putting Ousmane Dembélé on goal that would also hit the woodwork, but eventually put the ball on. at the back of the net as he met a curling cross from Raphinha with a picturesque volley reminiscent of the Bundesliga logo. An explosion of pace from Ousmane Dembélé would be followed by a through ball, and from an angle where almost everyone thought he couldn’t score, Lewandowski would shake and deafen the (Spotify) Camp Nou with a raucous backheel that snaked between Joaquín’s legs. Fernández and beat ex-Barcelonista Jordi Masip in goal.
New country, new club, new teammates, the same old Robert Lewandowski.
1. Neymar Jr. (Last week: 1)
It is true that Neymar did not live up to what he had set himself in recent weeks and the gap between him and the rest of the group has closed, but there is no doubt that he is still the best player in the world. world so far. He would be the only player to beat Alexander Nübel against Monaco on Sunday despite Nübel making multiple excellent saves, being brought down in the box for a penalty that he himself would take and score. Against Toulouse, Neymar would open the scoring with a fantastic move to find Messi’s ball from above and finish off, stunning the Toulouse defense. He would go on to link up well with his teammates, often taking on the role of a 10 with Messi and Mbappe taking on more advanced roles on either side of him, but ultimately failed to create any more clear chances for himself or the others, going wide with a few. twenty minutes to play.
Neymar now has eight goals and nine assists in six games, an otherworldly comeback for a player of any caliber. The prince of soccer seeks to fulfill his destiny and win his crown as king.
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