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 – Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace v Manchester City)
Last night we saw Manchester City put an end to Liverpool's unbeaten run in the Premier League this season. Sane's goal in the second half separated the sides and Liverpool would have felt hard done by as both teams put up a feisty contest.
Similar to when Crystal Palace visited the Etihad last week in what turned out to be a shocking ninety minutes. The Champions opened the scoring as to plan through Gundogan, however, it took only five minutes for the visitors the pull things level.
Palace kept hold of the momentum and Guardiola's side was unsuccessful at soaking up the pressure. Thanks to a pair of defending headers, the ball found its way out of the box which was greeted by an awaiting Andros Townsend. He struck the ball sweetly on the volley and left Ederson desperately grasping at thin air and the three points for City. Without a doubt, Townsends strike has been the most extraordinary goal we have seen this season. On top of that, it played a huge part in City's first league home defeat since April 2018.
Save Of The Week – Robin Olsen (Juventus v Roma)
Most sides in Europe dread the idea of visiting Turin to take on Italian Champions, Juventus. Their resilient defence contrasted with some of the most talented attacking players in the game creates a disaster formula for their opponents.
Roma, who were credited on their defensive tactics last season has nearly conceded as many at this stage than the whole of their last league campaign (28 in the 17/18 season). When Roma faced Juve, however, it could have been a lot worse than a 1-0 loss. Robin Olsen probably had one of his best performances in a Roma shirt and make some significant saves throughout the match. If it wasn't for him, Roma would have been out of the game in the first half. Not even Ronaldo could get one past the shot-stopper.
Player Of The Week – Paul Pogba (Manchester United)
A few weeks ago Paul Pogba was bathing in controversy regarding him and his former boss, Jose Mourinho. Relations had turned rotten and it was only a matter of time before one of them departed from Old Trafford. Jose got the axe and Ole fills in as ‘interim manager' until the end of the season. Prior to Mourinho's abdication, Pogba's performances weren't that of a World Cup winner.
All of a sudden, Pogba is on fine form having scored four goals in for matches under Solskjaer. What a coincidence, right? Regardless, he looks like the player United repurchased and if he continues to inject creativity into United's midfield, they could go on and resurrect their underwhelming season. The Frenchman netted twice in Solskjaer's first game and once again got on the scoresheet twice v Bournemouth.