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|Uefa Champions League Team Of The Week by Ochari: 10:10pm On Nov 04, 2021|
Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Donnarumma – Paris Saint-Germain.
Gianluigi Donnarumma produced another fine Champions League performance on only his second start in the competition, the goalkeeper crucial in a below-par PSG leaving RB Leipzig with a point.
The Parisian side had fallen behind inside eight minutes when Christopher Nkunku came back to haunt his former team, before RB Leipzig were handed the chance to double their lead from the penalty spot.
Donnarumma saved Andre Silva’s tame effort, with PSG turning the game around before Dominik Szoboszlai converted a second spot-kick to earn Leipzig a late point.
The draw eliminates Leipzig and leaves PSG in strong shape to qualify, the trip to Manchester City in matchday five seemingly set to decide who crucially finishes top of Group A.
Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold – Liverpool.
Liverpool sealed progress to the knockout stages with two games to spare after beating Atletico Madrid at Anfield, with Jurgen Klopp’s side having cruised through a group deemed amongst the most challenging after the initial draw.
The win over the Spanish champions in matchday four was kickstarted by two moments of quality from Alexander-Arnold, his first assist of the evening a wonderfully inviting cross for Diogo Jota to head home from close range.
There is arguably no better player in world football when free on the inside-right channel and the right-back turned provider once again for Liverpool’s second, a driven cross turned in by Sadio Mane to double the host’s advantage.
Job done for Klopp and his side, who can turn their attentions firmly towards the Premier League after qualifying as group winners.
Centre-back: Eric Bailly – Manchester United.
Bailly made just his second appearance of the season and was arguably Manchester United’s best player against Atalanta, the defender bailing out the Red Devils on several occasions as his teammates around him struggled in Italy.
The Ivorian’s recovery pace was crucial to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side leaving Atalanta with a point, though he will need greater support if his side are to secure a result in this weekend’s Manchester derby.
With Raphael Varane out through injury and Harry Maguire in dire form at present, Bailly must retain his place on the evidence of his midweek Champions League showing.
Centre-back: Virgil van Dijk – Liverpool.
Virgil van Dijk looked back to his imperious best as Liverpool beat Atletico Madrid 2-0 at Anfield, the Dutch defender producing a dominant performance against the Spanish champions.
Van Dijk won 100% of his duels both in the air and on the ground, his strong showing contributing to a clean sheet and the Reds’ progress to the knockout stages.
The 30-year-old has not quite reached his pre-injury levels since his long-awaited return to the side, but this was an encouraging performance and one that indicated Van Dijk remains one of the very best in the business.
Left-back: Joao Cancelo – Manchester City.
Cancelo is surely as close to a guarantee as you can get in a Pep Guardiola side, the full-back brilliant once again in a Manchester City team that bounced back from the weekend defeat to Crystal Palace with a convincing win against Club Brugge.
The Portugal international came close to scoring himself after bursting clear before hitting the post, later showcasing his creative threat after assisting three of City’s four goals at the Etihad.
Cancelo rolled a cross into the path of Phil Foden for the opening goal, before a curling a cross perfectly onto the head of Riyad Mahrez to restore the host’s advantage after the break.
He claimed his third assist of the contest after swapping to right-back, driving forward across the penalty area before teeing up Gabriel Jesus.
Midfield: Joshua Kimmich – Bayern Munich.
Any side with aspirations of winning the Champions League this season will need to find a way past Bayern Munich’s winning machine, the Bundesliga champions extending their
|Re: Uefa Champions League Team Of The Week by lonesome501(m): 6:44am On Nov 05, 2021|
Okay,,,so a gk without a clean sheet can be considered for the best keeper of the week.
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