UEFA Champions League Team of the Week: Matchday 3

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UEFA Champions League Team of the Week: Matchday 3

UEFA Champions League Team of the Week: Matchday 3


Matchday 3 of the UEFA Champions League saw some truly thrilling encounters, notably Chelsea’s 3-3 draw to AS Roma, but who did enough to earn a spot in our Team of the Week?


UEFA Champions League Team of the Week

UEFA Champions League Team of the Week


Goalkeeper


uefa champions league team of the week

Hugo Lloris – Tottenhamuefa champions league team of the week

Made seven saves against the back-to-back Champions League holders and was unfortunate not to leave the Santiago Bernabeu with a clean sheet, conceding a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty after Serge Aurier’s rash challenge in the box.


Defenders


UEFA Champions League Team of the Week

Aleksandar Kolarov – AS Romauefa champions league team of the week

Two of AS Roma’s most influential players against Chelsea were former Premier League stars, the first of which was Serbian full-back Aleksandar Kolarov. Went past Cesar Azpilicueta and Davide Zappacosta effortlessly before blasting a deflected shot beyond Thibaut Courtois, and whipped in a typically dangerous cross to grab an assist.


uefa champions league team of the weekJan Vertonghen – Tottenhamuefa champions league team of the week

The Belgian was used in a slightly less familiar role at left-back in a back five for Spurs, but was amongst the best players on the night against Real Madrid with seven tackles and two interceptions as Tottenham escaped with a point.


uefa champions league team of the weekDimitri Kombarov – Spartak Moscowuefa champions league team of the week

Spartak Moscow’s thumping victory over Sevilla might not have been so convincing if not for the performance of 30-year-old left-back Dimitri Kombarov; the Russian made a game-changing block on the line to deny Wissam Ben Yedder, as well as six interceptions and an assist.


Midfielders


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Fred – Shakhtar Donetskuefa champions league team of the week

Produced an assist of exquisite skill and precision when his through ball from behind the half-way line found Bernard, and controlled the midfield with eight successful dribbles, two key passes and two tackles in Shakhtar Donetsk’s 2-1 win over Feyenoord.


uefa champions league team of the weekNaby Keita – RB Leipziguefa champions league team of the week

Had more touches of the ball (110) than any other player on the pitch in RB Leipzig’s 3-2 win over Porto, and showed both his defensive and offensive qualities in the middle of the park with seven interceptions, three tackles, three headers, three key passes and six dribbles.


uefa champions league team of the weekTaulant Xhaka – FC Baseluefa champions league team of the week

Scored a thunderous strike from outside the box and got an assist in FC Basel’s 2-0 win away to CSKA Moscow – their second straight victory in Group A – all while maintaining the best passing accuracy ratio out of any starting player: 95%.


Forwards

uefa champions league team of the week

Eden Hazard – Chelseauefa champions league team of the week

A clinical outing for the Belgian, scoring two from his three efforts at goal, and made five key passes and three dribbles as Chelsea had to settle for a point at home to AS Roma.


uefa champions league team of the weekQuincy Promes – Spartak Moscowuefa champions league team of the week

Arguably the best performance of Matchday 3 in the UEFA Champions League came from Dutch winger Quincy Promes. He netted a brace and grabbed two assists in Spartak Moscow’s 5-1 hammering of Sevilla.


uefa champions league team of the weekCenk Tosun – Besiktasuefa champions league team of the week

Netted a match-winning brace in Besiktas’s 2-1 win away to French champions AS Monaco. The first goal was a thumping header from close range to equalise after Radamel Falcao opened the scoring, while the decisive strike was a scuffed effort that looped over a helpless Danijel Subasic to grab all three points.


UEFA Champions League Team of the WeekEdin Dzeko – AS Romauefa champions league team of the week

Edin Dzeko was simply unplayable against Chelsea; the Bosnian scored a thunderous volley to level the scores shortly after the hour-mark, and popped up once again to head AS Roma into the lead a few minutes later.


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