And just like that we’re into the thick of Champions League football again. In gameweek 4 we had another smorgasbord of goals and cards, and as is becoming the case more and more often, we had a great selection of stunning goalkeeping performances. In this week’s ToTW, we have a highly unusual selection, but it is far more fun than some of the alternatives.
Jose Sa (94pts) was the best performing goalkeeper of the week. As many expected, he was kept busy by the Man City attack, but his ten saves compared to only one goal conceded was remarkable, and made for a lot of happy traders. Zaidu Sanusi (84pts) is a shoo-in for our left-back slot, having amassed a base score of 44pts and adding a goal to that performance against a floundering Marseille. Nico Elvedi (79pts) also got himself on the scoresheet as Gladbach registered another resounding victory over Shakhtar. Lokomotiv centre-half Murilo Cerquiera (72pts) sneaks in ahead of his captain Vedran Corluka (68pts). The pair were foundational in the Russian side securing a 0-0 draw against Atletico. Cristian Romero (70pts) is shoved out to right-back, but was vital playing centrally for Atalanta as they snapped back with a 2-0 win against Liverpool.
Arturo Vidal (8pts) earned himself two yellow cards in less than a minute against Real Madrid, giving Inter a mountain to climb. The Nerazzurri were already 1-0 when Vidal was sent off after just half an hour, and went on to lose 2-0. Now we come to the obvious talking point – Manuel Neuer (87pts) playing in central midfield. Outlets have reported that Pep had to be talked out of making this very move when he was at Bayern, and so we are making the very most of our creative license. Neuer scored 80pts last time out, and missed out on the goalkeeping spot in that blog because of Ruslan Nescheret’s impressive CL debut for Dynamo Kyiv; this week he has been edged out by Sa. Neuer has been vital in Bayern securing wins over Salzburg in back-to-back gameweeks (shout out to Salzburg) so we have chosen to honour him here, in a role that we’re sure everyone would love to see him get a chance. To round off our midfield three, we have the customary Bruno Fernandes (77pts) inclusion. Manchester United’s Portuguese talisman had two goals inside the first twenty minutes and Solskjaer had clearly decided his work was done when he was subbed before the hour mark.
Jadon Sancho (78pts) features in our team of the week for the first time, having assisted Erling Haland against Club Brugge before sticking a free kick right in the top corner. While Sancho’s first appearance has felt a long time coming, we didn’t really expect Martin Braithwaite (87pts) to ever make the line-up. He scored two and assisted as a Messi-less Barca blew past Dynamo Kyiv by a four-goal margin. Ciro Immobile (86pts) forces his way in up front after his second consecutive goalscoring performance in the Champions League. On this occasion he bagged a brace as Lazio dealt with Zenit comprehensively.
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Jose Sa – total score 94pts; base score 74pts
Zaidu Sanusi – total score 84pts; base score 44pts; 1 goal
Nico Elvedi – total score 79pts; base score 39pts; 1 goal
Murilo Cerquiera – total score 72pts; base score 47
Cristian Romero – total score 70pts; base score 45pts
Arturo Vidal – total score 8pts; base score -11pts
Manuel Neuer – total score 87pts; base score 67pts
Bruno Fernandes – total score 77pts; base score 27; 2 goals
Jadon Sancho – total score 78pts; base score 28pts; 1 goal, 1 assist
Martin Braithwaite – total score 87pts; base score 22pts; 2 goals; 1 assist
Ciro Immobile – total score 86pts; base score 34pts; 2 goals