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European Team of the Week | Sept. 2-5

The latest installment of 101 Great Goals’ European Team of the Week features heavy Serie A influence in the wake of the Derby della Madonnina and Udinese’s thrashing of José Mourinho’s AS Roma

101 Great Goals returns after another exhibition of top-class performances on the continent to bring you the European Team of the Week from the weekend.

Fans of Serie A will still be on a high after some of the results that transpired in Italy over the last few days, with no bigger talking point than Udinese’s 4-0 home trashing of José Mourinho’s AS Roma which featured another superb outing from Tottenham Hotspur FC summer signing and current Udine loanee Destiny Udogie.

Cremonese bagged a valuable point at home against Sassuolo in a nil-nil draw at the Stadio Giovanni Zini with the help of on-loan shot-stopper Ionut Radu, while Portuguese starlet Rafael Leão helped AC Milan secure all three points in the Derby della Madonnina against hated city rivals Inter Milan.

Elsewhere, Barcelona and Real Madrid kept the pace at the top of the La Liga table, with each side featuring French internationals in the team of the week here, while a certain former Austrian international sent a reminder that maybe Manchester United was not entirely incorrect to target him earlier this summer.

Here is the European Team of the Week for September 2-5.

GK: Ionuț Radu (Unione Sportiva Cremonese)

Cremonese earned their first point of the 2022-23 Serie A season after gaining promotion to the Italian top flight when they came second in Serie B last term, with Romanian shot-stopper Ionut Radu putting in a top-class performance against Sassuolo on the back of seven saves and a shut out in a 0-0 affair.

RB: Roberto Pereyra (Udinese Calcio)

CB: Jules Koundé (Futbol Club Barcelona)

French international Jules Koundé has settled into life nicely at Barcelona since his arrival from Sevilla this summer, and repaid the club’s faith against his previous employers with a two-assist effort in a 3-0 win while playing right-back (yes, we shoe-horned him in here).

CB: Emanuel Aiwu (Unione Sportiva Cremonese)

Austrian starlet Emanuel Aiwu made the massive jump from Rapid Wien to newly promoted Cremonese this summer and has already repaid the faith shown in him after – along with Ionut Radu – he put in a top-class defensive performance to help the club earn its first Serie A point in over two-decades.

LB: Destiny Udogie (Udinese Calcio)

Italian youngster Destiny Udogie looks set for big things moving forward and has shown why Tottenham secured his services this summer before sending him back on loan to Udinese, with the left-back putting in another excellent shift while adding a goal – his second – to put himself as joint-top of the club’s goalscoring chart this season.

CM: Lazar Samardžić (Udinese Calcio)

Once linked with serious interest from Bayern Munich before being snapped up by RB Leipzig, German U21 international Lazar Samardžić arrived in Udinese this summer as another young player looking to utilize a club reputed for its youth development. A goal in his first start for his new club will go a long way to boost his confidence.

CM: Aurélien Tchouaméni (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol)

In what was arguably one of the best performances seen anywhere in Europe thus far this season by a central midfielder, French international Aurélien Tchouaméni has already helped Real Madrid move past Casemiro, no doubt playing a key role in the Brazilian’s departure to Manchester United this summer.

RW: Florian Kainz (1. Fußball-Club Köln)

Austrian winger Florian Kainz was absolutely brilliant for 1.FC Köln at the weekend in the club’s 4-2 away win against VfL Wolfsburg, with a goal and two assists putting him at the center of it all for Steffen Baumgart’s still-undefeated (2-3-0) Die Geißböcke.

LW: Rafael Leão (Associazione Calcio Milan)

Now one of the leading lights on the red and black half of Milan, Portuguese star Rafael Leão continues to win over the hearts and minds of the I Rossoneri faithful after bagging two goals and adding another assist to help guide the club to an early-season win over bitter rivals Inter Milan in the Derby della Madonnina.

CF: Karl Toko Ekambi (Olympique Lyonnais)

A brace from Cameroonian forward Karl Toko Ekambi headlined a brilliant performance by Olympique Lyonnais in a 5-0 thrashing of SCO Angers, with the club now looking at a chance to jump level with Paris Saint-Germain at the top of the Ligue 1 table should they win their match in hand.

CF: Marko Arnautović (Bologna Football Club 1909)

Many scoffed at the notion that Manchester United was linked with interest in veteran Austrian international forward Marko Arnautović this summer, but the former Stoke City and West Ham United striker bagged a brace in Bologna’s 2-2 draw at Spezia – including the equalizer – taking his season total to a Serie A-leading five goals.


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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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