Across Europe, we are fortunate enough to have a range of exceptional players and well-developed sides. At times we forget how much of a luxury this is therefor we believe its time to highlight some of the best and worst moments on the pitch each week.
Strike Of The Week – Anthony Martial (Manchester United v Everton)
Besides contract talks & conspiracy theories, Manchester United's Martial is one fire. Since firing one in against Newcastle at the beginning of October, the goals have kept coming. United's 2-2 draw at Chelsea was thanks to the Frenchman having scored both for the Reds.
Everton has been punished by Martial before on numerous occasions and when the Toffee's visited Old Trafford, Anthony was bound to score. He came close in the first half but was brought down inside the box which won United a penalty. In the second half, the ball rolled into Martial's path and he aggressively directed it into the corner of Jordan Pickford's goal. A great finish and we feel as if Martial will carry on with his strong form.
Save Of The Week – Thibaut Courtois (Barcelona v Real Madrid)
The El Clasico rarely fails to deliver and when the two Spanish Giants met on the weekend, it was a contender for game of the season. Barca took the lead early on through Luis Suarez who would later go on to record a hat-trick verse bitter rivals. The 5-1 scoreline was an unfair reflection on Madrid performance, however, Barcelona was definitely the better side on the night.
One positive Courtois can take from his first El Clasico experience was a fanatic save to prevent Barca's second. Arthur Melo found himself on the end of a poor Madrid clearance and attempted to bend the ball past the Belgian beast. Thibaut welcomed the effort with a flat hand and diverted the ball well away from the goal. What did you think was better, this save or De Gea's against Ronaldo last week?
Thump Of The Week – Paudie O'Connor (Arsenal v Blackpool)
Blackpool travelled to North London on Wednesday night to take on Arsenal in the Last 16 of the League Cup. The home side took the lead first and doubled up just after halftime. On both teams, the youngsters demonstrated their lack of experience as when the ninety minutes ended, there were only twenty players on the field. Arsenal was first to lose a man as Guendouzi picked up his second yellow for a petty foul.
Blackpool pulled a goal back shortly followed by a straight red for Limerick born, Paudie O'Connor. Arsenal was about to break and before any chance could come of it, the Irishman scissor tackled Aubameyang. Despite his worst fear, Paudie received a red card and was forced to walk at the Emirates Stadium.