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European Team of the Week | 5-8 May

A pair of four-goal hitters highlight this week’s European Team of the Week presented by 101 Great Goals, with Olympique Lyonnais hometown hero Alexandre Lacazette and Montpellier HSC’s French startlet Elye Wahi leading an impressive XI

GK: Tomás Koubek (Fußball-Club Augsburg 1907 e.V.)

Bavarian outfit FC Augsburg earned a vital three points at the weekend in a massive 1-0 win against Union Berlin in front of home support to give them a real chance to stave off relegation, with Czech shot-stopper Tomás Koubek putting in a man of the match performance in the process.

RB: Giovanni Di Lorenzo (Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli)

Italian international right-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo is one of the heartwarming stories across the European top flight after helping Napoli to their first Scudetto in over 30 years. He followed that success with another polished performance in a 1-0 win over Fiorentina.

RCB: Mats Hummels (Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund)

Veteran German center-back Mats Hummels has been one of the leading lights at the back for club and country for the duration of his career. During Dortmund’s 6-0 drubbing of VfL Wolfsburg, Hummels earned his 200th win with the club, becoming the second to do so. Aged like a fine wine.

LCB: Francesco Acerbi (Football Club Internazionale Milano)

Inter Milan banked a massive three points in the race for Champions League football next season with a vital 2-0 win at AS Roma over the weekend, with Italian defender Francesco Acerbi proving a rock at the back with four blocks and eight clearances to confirm the clean sheet.

LB: Samuel Iling-Junior (Juventus Football Club)

There could not have been a better senior debut than the one witnessed by many Juventus supporters at the weekend when young English left-back Samuel Iling-Junior was given his first start for the rampaging Old Lady of Italian football. He repaid that with his first senior goal in the 2-0 away win at Atalanta.

RCM: Julian Brandt (Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund)

Once one of the most highly-touted talents of his generation, Julian Brandt’s rebirth as a sa central midfielder has done wonders for his career as he hits the prime years of his footballing journey. He produced a fantastic performance against Wolfsburg, providing a hat-trick of assists during a clinic of creativity and control.

LCM: Joris Chotard (Montpellier Hérault Sport Club)

RW: Karim Adeyemi (Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund)

One of many German wunderkind that has immense potential, Karim Adeyemi has found his stride at Borussia Dortmund this season, and another performance at the weekend highlighted that progression after a brace and an assist helped Die Schwarzgelben keep pressure on Bayern Munich.

LW: Bradley Barcola (Olympique Lyonnais)

French starlet Bradley Barcola is another in a laundry list of names that Olympique Lyonnais has brilliantly produced from their academy setup, and now with increased faith being placed on his shoulders, he continues to deliver. The young forward bagged a hat trick of assists to aid Alexandre Lacazette in his goalscoring exploits.

RF: Elye Wahi (Montpellier Hérault Sport Club)

French U21 international Elye Wahi will not be short of suitors during the upcoming transfer winder after his fantastic 2022-23 for Montpellier, with his sensational four-goal performance against Lyon taking his season tally to 17 league goals and within striking distance of cracking the 20-goal mark.

LF: Alexandre Lacazette (Olympique Lyonnais)

Upon his return to boyhood club Lyon, there was always a chance that Alexandre Lacazette was capable of rekindling what made him one of the club’s best-ever youth products; he has undoubtedly delivered. After bagging four goals against Montpellier, only Erling Haaland and Harry Kane have more goals across Europe’s top five leagues than his 24.

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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