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 – Thomas Partey (Atl Madrid v Atl Bilbao)
Thomas Partey has been a product of Atletico's youth since 2012 and is now a regular face in the Simeone's starting XI. The Ghanian is currently 25-years-old and is set to have a bright career ahead of him. Many clubs across Europe are showing a great deal of interest in the defensive midfielder, whom most recent of which Arsenal. Unai Emery feels as if Thomas could be the presence in his side's midfield which Arsenal need to spur a title challenge.
Last weekend, the Atletico start demonstrated his ability going forward with the ball. This stunning goal drew things level at 1-1 and the home side went onto win 3-2 thanks to a late goal from Skipper, Godin.
Save Of The Week – Kasper Schmeichel (Wales v Denmark)
When Gareth Bale stands over a ball, ready to take a free-kick, there is usually only one outcome. This isn't the case when Kasper Schmeichel is in between the sticks, however. Wales faced Denmark at the Cardiff City Stadium in a must-win fixture during the Nations League.
Denmark found the back of the net first which meant they would win the group and earn promotion. Wales had some big opportunities throughout the match but thanks to Schmeichel's efforts, Denmark kept Wales out for the vast majority of the game. Ten minutes from the end, Bale seemed to strike a near-perfect freekick at the Danish goal. A heroic leap by Kasper prevented the goal and this save was the definitive moment in the match. Shortly after the save, Braithwaite found himself in front of the Welsh defence volleyed the ball in to double Denmark's lead.
In the dying seconds, Bale got on the end of an Ashley Williams' hoof and within two touches, Bale gave Wales a glimpse of hope which would only fade out with the full-time whistle.
Player Of The Week – Memphis Depay (Lyon & Netherlands)
Memphis Depay's brief flirtation in the Premier League did not provide us with the best impression of the Dutchman's ability. Prior to joining Manchester United, Depay has classed as one of Hollands finest talents. Having failed to make an impact in England, Depay moved to Lyon where he has most definitely found his feet. Last season he scored 22 goals and in the new campaign, he is on track to surpass his previous goal tally.
It is fantastic to see a player turn things around and this week has been extraordinary for the forward. For Lyon, he scored a beautiful free-kick which came very close to winning Goal Of The Week. The following weekend saw Holland top their group as they beat world champions, France 2-0. Depay found himself on the scoresheet again after a Panenka penalty past Hugo Lloris in the 90′ minute.