La Liga, the Bundesliga, Ligue 1, and Serie A were back at it again this past weekend as the top leagues on the continent once more left countless frothing at the mouth with a cadre of scintillating displays across Spain, Germany, France, and Italy.
GK: Yann Sommer (Borussia Monchengladbach)
Borussia Monchengladbach came away with a draw against German Champions Bayern Munich, and had Yann Sommer to thank for not being several goals behind come the full-time whistle.
The Swiss stopper set a new Bundesliga record, making 19 saves as he ensured that the spoils were ultimately shared in a 1-1 draw. In the process, he set a benchmark unlikely to be bettered for some time.
RB: Jeremie Frimpong (Bayer Leverkusen)
Staying in the Bundesliga, Bayern Leverkusen youngster Jeremie Frimpong played a major role in his side’s comfortable 3-0 win over Mainz 05, their first of the season. The right-back grabbed two goals as they strolled to victory in Germany.
CB: Matthias Ginter (SC Freiburg)
Our final foray into the German top flight, Matthias Ginter raised plenty of eyebrows when he left Borussia Monchengladbach to join Freiburg this summer, but starred at the heart of their defence in their most recent 1-0 victory, winning all three of his ground duels and 3 of his 6 aerial duels too.
CB: Nicolas Cozza (Montpellier)
It is not often that, in a 7-0 win, it is a centre back that draws praise, but Cozza’s performance was of the highest quality. The Frenchman netted the fourth goal of Montpellier’s rout of Brest, and kept a clean sheet too, earning him a spot in this week’s team.
LB: Nuno Tavares (Marseille)
Sticking with the Ligue 1 theme, left-back Nuno Tavares continued his fine start to life on loan away from Arsenal. The defender grabbed his third goal of the season, as well as an assist, as Marseille ran out 3-0 winners over OGC Nice.
CM: Valentin Rongier (Marseille)
To make it two from Marseille, Valentin Rongier’s metronomic performance in the middle of midfield for Igor Tudor’s side was key to their victory, with the Frenchman creating four chances and managing to win 8 of his 12 ground duels.
CM: Seko Fofana (RC Lens)
Another week, another brilliant performance from Lens star Seko Fofana, who has amazingly stayed put this summer after last year’s brilliant campaign. The Ivorian found the back of the net to open the scoring with a gorgeous curled finish, while in the Lens engine room he created three chances and made four ball recoveries.
RW: Boulaye Dia (Salernitana)
Boulaye Dia played a starring role for newly promoted Serie A side Salernitana, with the forward grabbing a goal and 2 assists as he helped his side to a 4-0 win over Sampdoria, their first of the season.
CAM: Charles de Ketelaere (AC Milan)
De Ketelaere was handed his first start in an AC Milan shirt for their clash with Bologna, and made an instant impact, grabbing the assist for the opening goal of the game. He impressed for the hour he was on the pitch four, creating four chances and completing all of his three dribbles.
LW: Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona)
How grateful Barcelona must feel that Dembele decided to stay, as the Frenchman put on another dazzling display at the Camp Nou on the way to his side’s 4-0 victory over Real Vallodolid.
The Frenchman grabbed two assists, while he also created 4 chances and managed 4 dribbles to go with his 2 successful crosses. An all-round top performance.
ST: Robert Lewandowski (Barcelona)
Robert Lewandowski’s move to Barcelona was always going to guarantee goals, and so it has proved, with the Polish star grabbing two goals in a strong performance for his new side.
His first goals at the Camp Nou were something to behold, showing great athleticism to reach the first before pulling off a stunning backheel to double his tally on the night.