Across the globe, 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 – Sadio Mane (Bayern Munich vs Liverpool)
Sadio Mane gets the strike of the week for this week. The Liverpool winger has been in fantastic form of late and has 10 goals in his last 10 games. Liverpool are just behind Man City in the Premier League table and could be further back if it wasn't for Mane. He has been on top form whilst Salah has dipped recently and it has shown as Mane is now one goal behind the Egyptian in the league. Liverpool went to Bayern of the back of a 0-0 at Anfield. All they had to do was score a goal and then Bayern had it all to do. Mane did just that after 1-0 and set Liverpool on their way for a 3-1 win.
Kimmich had got himself suspended for this leg and so Rafinha had to step in at right back. Van Dijk played a brilliant ball from inside his own half up to Mane. Rafinha wasn't goal side of Mane allowing him to bring the ball down perfectly. Maneul Neuer is known for being a “sweeper-keeper” but this time took it too far. He came rushing out of his goal to try and tackle the Liverpool winger. Mane cleverly cut the ball back leaving Neuer stranded. With the oncoming Bayern defenders running to the line he knew he couldn't just smash it but had to place it. He dinked the ball through the gap and into the empty net to give Liverpool an early lead and an important away goal.
Save Of The Week – Bernd Leno (Arsenal vs Manchester United)
Leno has got himself back-to-back saves of the week. Arsenal were playing Manchester United and were keen for revenge. The last time to two teams played at The Emirates the visitors won 3-1. Lingard had a controversial dance for his celebration which didn't amuse the Arsenal players. The hosts also needed to win to try and push for top four with both sides in the race for Champions Leauge football. Arsenal got their revenge on United and took the all-important three points. However, the result may have been different had Leno not pulled off a fantastic first half save to ensure the Gunners went in 1-0 at half time.
Rashford played a ball into Lukaku who controlled it fantastically and ran into the box. He shrugged off the challenges of the Arsenal defenders and looks set to score. He got one on one with Leno and shifted the ball to his left. Leno fell to the floor and looked like he'd just missed the ball. However he managed to reshuffle his body and extend his arms. He stopped what would have been a certain goal and gave Arsenal that extra confidence boost to go on and win the game.
Player of the week – Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus vs Atletico Madrid)
This game was practically written off by many the week before Atletico had beaten Juve 2-0. Atletico just had to go away and score a goal which would have meant Juventus needed four to go through. Juventus haven't won the Champions League since 1996 and have been runners up in 2015 and 2017. This summer the paid £100 million to Real Madrid for Ronaldo. The five-time Balon d'Or winner has won the Champions League for the last three years and five times in his whole career. Juve signed him to make a push for the Champions League and hopefully not come runners up for the 8th time. His hattrick against Atletico has put Juve into a fantastic position and got him player of the week.
His first goal came in the first half. A fantastic ball in from Bernadeschi to the back post. Trademark Ronaldo made a later run, towering above Juanfran. He headed the ball into the bottom corner leaving Oblak no chance. The second goal was also a header. Cancelo put in a ball from near the byline to the edge of the six-yard box again. This time Ronaldo had more of a challenge having to beat the experienced Godin to the ball. Again Ronaldo won the challenge but at first, everyone thought Oblak had pulled off an unbelievable save. Goal line technology said otherwise and gave the goal. After watching the replay you could see it was down to the amount of power the Portuguese striker managed to generate that scored the goal.
With 10 minutes to go there was time for Ronaldo to make himself a Juve hero. Bernadeshi, who had played well all night, ran into the box and Correa gave away a silly foul. Penalty Juve. There was only one man who was going to take it. Ronaldo stepped up and smashed the ball into the bottom left, Oblak going the other way. The game finished 3-0, Juventus went thought and Ronaldo performed heroics in the Champions League once again.