European Team of the Week | October 7-9

Anthony Modeste’s influential substitute appearance earned Borussia Dortmund a dramatic late 2-2 draw in Der Klassiker against Bayern Munich in a performance that headlines the European Team of the Week from October 7-9

GK: Lucas Chevalier (Lille Olympique Sport Club)

French keeper Lucas Chevalier stood tallest for LOSC Lille at the weekend when the Ligue 1 outfit ended RC Lens’ unbeaten run in the league this season, with a fantastic performance between the posts that included a penalty save to temporarily give the fans something to be thrilled about.

RB: Jeremie Frimpong (Bayer Leverkusen)

Jeremie Frimpong continues to produce for club and country as the young Dutch right-back offers an attacking threat that can help push the needle for Bayer Leverkusen, and under Xabi Alonso, he could look to improve even further. His brace in the Spaniard’s managerial debut is a sign of things to come.

CB: Pablo Marí (Associazione Calcio Monza)

Monza has hit a fantastic run of form after embarking on an undefeated run of four (3-1-0) and continues to grind out solid results in their first-ever Serie A season while keeping a clean sheet in three consecutive fixtures. On-loan center-back Pablo Marí has been reborn during this period away from Arsenal, and his goal at the weekend is an accent point to that effect.

CB: Fikayo Tomori (Associazione Calcio Milan)

A goal for the England international center-back as holding Serie A champions AC Milan bagged a win over rival Juventus, with Tomori continuing to prove he is one of the best in his position in Italy, despite his lack of chances for the national team.

LB: Ramy Bensebaïni (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Borussia Mönchengladbach continues their stop-start form this season but put in a fantastic attacking display at home against 1. FC Köln last weekend, with Algerian international Ramy Bensebaïna bagging a pair of goals in the process.

CM: Lassana Coulibaly (Unione Sportiva Salernitana 1919)

Salernitana is in just their fourth season in Serie A across their history, but this is currently shaping up to be their best on record as they currently sit in eleventh after their 2-1 win over Hellas Verona, with Malian midfielder Lassana Coulibaly putting in an all-action performance in the heart of midfield to help ensure a three-point haul in front of home support.

CM: Pedri (Futbol Club Barcelona)

Barcelona continued their resurgence at the weekend in a 1-0 win over RC Celta de Vigo at the Spotify Camp Nou while sealing their seventh win on the bounce and remained top of the table just ahead of rivals Real Madrid, with Spanish starlet Pedri gearing up for the World Cup in an influential display including the games’ only goal.

RW: Ángel Correa (Atlético Madrid)

Argentine international Ángel Correa more than likely will have his seat booked on the plane to Qatar this winter but no doubt will remain under the microscope given the attacking depth at Lionel Scaloni’s disposal, with a two-goal performance to lift Atlético Madrid to three points doing his chances a world of good.

LW: Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen)

The Xabi Alonso regime at Bayer Leverkusen jumped off the starting blocks this past weekend as the Spanish tactician earned his first win as a manager of a senior squad with a 4-0 thrashing of Schalke in front of home support. Moussa Diaby was back at his very best in that endeavor, with a goal and two assists.

CF: Anthony Modeste (Borussia Dortmund)

Veteran French striker Anthony Modeste was a cult hero at 1. FC Köln across two stints along the Rhine before his unexpected summer arrival in the Ruhr Valley, and though he has struggled to make a similar impact, his goal and assists off the bench against Bayern Munich in Der Klassiker helped seal a dramatic 95th-minute comeback for Dortmund to secure a point at the Westfalenstadion.

CF: Joselu (Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol de Barcelona)

Thirty-two-year-old center-forward Joselu rolled back the clock at the weekend for RSC Espanyol when the “other” Catalonian club fought to a 2-2 draw away from home in Cadiz, with the Spanish forward bagging both goals for Blanquiazules in a result that keeps them just above the drop zone.

Andrew Thompson

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