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 – Vincent Kompany (Man City vs Leicester)
Vincent Kompany will go down as one of Man City's greatest ever players. We associated the big Belgian with hard tackling and tough defending. He has scored some big goals for City over the years, including a winning goal against Man United to put them top of the table in the 11/12 season. However, we don't ever associate him with scoring 30-yard screamers. But this is what he did this week! Kompany is coming to the end of his career and has only managed 16 Premier League games this year. This goal was his first of the season and his first ever from outside the box. It was a huge goal that again put City back at the top of the table win one game to go.
City were drawing 0-0 with only 20 minutes remaining. They knew if they slipped up against Leicester it would practically hand the title to Liverpool. They were struggling to score as the visitors were playing very well. The ball came to Kompany 40 yards out with all 11 Leicester players in front of them. Kompany took a touch whilst looking around for option but there were none on. His teammates could be seen encouraging him to play the ball wide to one of the more confident forwards. The centre-back though took matters into his own hands. He smashed the ball from 30 yards out and the ball flew into the top right corner. The Etihad erupted they couldn't believe what they had seen! Kompany said in his interview after the game that he hadn't come this far in his career to be told by younger players when he can and can't shoot. Good job for City's sake he didn't listen!
SAVES Of The Week – Mark Travers (Bournemouth vs Spurs)
Again another saves of the week, but there was more than one top quality save in this game! You're probably wondering who Mark Travers is, and so were most of us at 11:30 am when the teams were announced on Saturday. The 19-year-old is a highly rated keeper at Bournemouth. He has been playing for Ireland u19's. Bournemouth have to old goalkeepers in Boruc and Begovic and will be looking for replacements soon. Given that they have nothing to play for now with being safe Eddie Howe gave a debut to the young keeper. What a decision that turned out to be!
Travers was nearly lobbed from the halfway line by Lucas which probably would have put an end to his Bournemouth career there. Thankfully though it didn't go in and he recovered well. He made a great save from Dele Alli early on. The England midfielder struck a shot from the edge of the box and Travers got down well to save to keep it at 0-0. He then pulled off another one when Lucas went through on goal and aimed for the roof of the net but Travers tipped it over. He made a fantastic save from a Dele Alli header from six yards out. This looked like it was going to be the first goal of the game but another good save kept Bournemouth alive. Travers kept them in it until Spurs got the red cards then it was one-way traffic. This was a fantastic debut for the Irish goalkeeper who we will probably see a lot more of next season.
Player of the week – Lucas Moura (Ajax vs Spurs)
Lucas Moura got the player of the week for a second time after scoring another hat-trick for Spurs. He has been extremely valuable for Spurs in the past few weeks and months when they have been plagued with injuries. He has scored some important goals but none of them will be as important as these three. They were his 15th goal of the season and his fifth in this Champions League campaign.
Spurs were away to Ajax in the semi-finals of the Champions League. They were trailing 1-0 on aggregate and it was going to be a big ask considering how well Ajax have played in the competition this year. Spurs got off to a shocking start and found themselves 1-0 down inside four minutes through De Ligt. Ziyech then doubled this to make it 2-0 at half time and 3-0 on aggregate. Spurs had a mountain to climb here to reach their first ever Champions League final.
Straight from the break Spurs looked more dangerous than they did the first half. A quick counter-attack saw Dele Alli play through Lucas. The winger took his time and finished the ball into the bottom right corner giving his side some hope.
Spurs were on the front foot now and pressing. A goalmouth scramble saw Ajax stop Llorente scoring but they couldn't clear it properly. Lucas stayed alive a regained the ball. He wormed his way around the defence and slotted the ball into the bottom left corner four minutes after his first. Spurs were well and truly back in the tie.
As the game went on Spurs couldn't find another. But in the very last minute of the game, Lucas was still looking lively. Alli played him through and he finished the ball into the bottom right corner again. His third goal of the night, third with his week foot and Spurs' first Champions League final.