Going into the final round of the CL group stages, a number of the groups are set up nicely. That is, in part, thanks to some excellent performances in the fifth round of fixtures which were played last Tuesday and Wednesday. This has given us a defensively solid line-up with goals and graft in midfield and star power up front.
Anatolii Trubin (85pts) put in his best performance of the group stage yet, keeping Real Madrid at bay on his way to a 60pt base score. Midtjylland earned their first point of the group stage with a 1-1 draw at Atalanta; where three of our back four featured. Midtjylland skipper Alexander Scholz (79pts) got himself the opening goal and lines up here at left-back, next to teammate Daniel Hoegh (70pts) who had a 50pt base score. Alongside Hoegh is Atalanta’s Cristian Romero (94pts) who had a phenomenal 59pt base on top of scoring the equaliser for the Italian outfit. As we move to right-back, there is no drop-off; Nordi Mukiele (86pts) scored a goal himself in Leipzig’s 4-3 win over Istanbul Basaksehir, and earned a 61pt base score. Had Leipzig been able to keep a clean sheet, Mukiele would’ve hit a max score, and Romero would’ve fallen just one point short.
In midfield, we have a wonderful balance of goalscoring, energy and petulance. Irfan Kahveci (85pts) scored a fabulous hat-trick against Leipzig, capped off with a wonderful free-kick. Fred (10pts) provided this week’s disasterclass, having earned himself a second yellow against PSG after narrowly avoiding a straight red earlier in the game. Jude Bellingham (67pts) is already starting to turn out some star performances in Dortmund’s famous yellow strip. He had a base score this week of 45pts, following a 37pt base the week prior.
Neymar (83pts) makes his first appearance in our team of the week after injury troubles earlier in the season. He bagged a brace to help PSG draw level on points against Manchester United and put them in a strong position going into the final game. On the right wing is Ousmane Dembele (78pts), who turned on the style against Ferencvaros. He scored from the spot and assisted another to help Barca to a 3-0 win. The star performance of the week undoubtedly came from Olivier Giroud (115pts), who scored FOUR against Sevilla in a game that we had pegged as a bit of a dud, with both Chelsea and Sevilla through to the knockouts already. Giroud seems to have quickly turned the narrative and is now Chelsea’s first choice striker.
Anatolii Trubin – total score 85pts; base score 60pts
Alexander Scholz – total score 79pts; base score 44pts; 1 goal
Daniel Hoegh – total score 70pts; base score 50pts
Cristian Romero – total score 94pts; base score 59pts
Nordi Mukiele – total score 86pts; base score 61pts; 1 goal
Irfan Kahveci – total score 85pts; base score 27pts; 3 goals
Fred – total score 10pts; base score -6pts
Jude Bellingham – total score 67pts; base score 45pts
Neymar – total score 83pts; base score 31pts; 2 goals
Ousmane Dembele – total score 78pts; base score 28pts; 1 goal; 1 assist
Olivier Giroud – total score 115pts; base score 30pts; 4 goals