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 – Ruben Neves (Wolves vs Man United)
The Portuguese midfielder has become a fan favourite at Wolves. A fantastic ballplayer who is renowned for his long-range goals. He joined Wolves in 2017 and has since scored 11 league goals for the club in 79 appearances. Neves has been linked with moves away to bigger clubs but has stayed loyal to Wolves and is one of their main players. Last season he scored four goals from outside the box, this is one more than the number of touchers in had in the opposition’s area!
The goal of the week came against Man United. The visitors had started the much better of the two sides and completely dominated the first half. United went it 1-0 up at half time and Wolves were going to need something special to turn the match around. They came out strong second half and nearly got an equaliser through Jiminez but the post turned it away. Wolves were knocking on the door but couldn’t find a way in, until Neves came along. The hosts played a short corner back to Moutinho who then found Neves alone of the edge of the box. Neves first touch wasn’t great and the ball was underneath him. However, he still managed to strike it perfectly into the top right corner. The ball came crashing down off the crossbar and into the back of the net. It was an unreal strike that gave one of the best keepers in the world, De Gea, no chance!
SAVE Of The Week – Steve Mandanda (Nantes vs Marseille)
Mandanda has enjoyed two successful spells at Marseille. He first joined the club on loan in 2007 and then made the move permanent. He built up a reputation as one of the best keepers in Europe and got a move to Crystal Palace in 2016. Unfortunately for him, it didn’t work out due to injuries along the season and he ended up returning to Marseille. This season hasn’t started great for the French club, they lost their first game against Reims at home. Not losing their second game was key and it was all down to the French goalkeeper.
Marseille had an early chance in the first half to talk the lead through a penalty. Unfortunately for them, they couldn’t convert it as it was sent flying over the bar. Nantes then grew into the game and took it to Marseille in the second half. The visitors were on the back foot and didn’t create any chances. Thankfully though their goalkeeper was in top form and kept Nantes out. He didn’t make one main save of the week but several. He was called into action a lot in that half and had it not been for Mandanda, Marseille would have gone home with no points.
Player of the week – Kevin De Bruyne (Man City vs Spurs)
Kevin De Bruyne didn’t manage to play much last season due to injury but has started this season off fantastically. If City could get 98 points last season without him then you would expect them to get 100 this season with him in the side.
He dominated the game from early on against Spurs, dictating the play and causing the Spurs defence some trouble. His first assist came in the 20th minute. De Bruyne was waiting on the edge to get the ball back off of Bernardo. He had already taken a look to see where Sterling was and hit the ball first time to him at the back post. It was a world-class delivery that found the winger unmarked to give City the lead.
City the conceded and needed to get back into the lead. Again De Bruyne took control, this time down the right-hand side near the byline. He picked out the run of Aguero, timing it right so that neither of the centre backs got their first. Aguero had a simple tap in and City were back in the lead thanks to De Bruynes vision and passing ability.
City conceded again though in the second half but continued to dominate. De Bruyne was at the centre of everything but unfortunately couldn’t find the winner. It was a good performance from De Bruyne who will have excited the City fans for what is to come this season.