The Premier League and La Liga finally graced our TV sets and I am sure we were not disappointed in any way. The Champions in both Leagues continued from where they stopped despite the fact that they have new managers at the helm. Barcelona put up a 7 star performance; whilst Manchester United marched on like 4 star generals at the Liberty stadium. The Super Coppa served up the curtain raiser in Italy with normal service resuming as the Old Lady showed its class when it mattered most by putting Lazio in their place with a 4 nil drubbing at the Stadio Olimpico.
At Halftimeng. com; we pick out our star performers from across Europe in a 4-3-3 formation as follows;
In Goal is Asmir Begovic; a stunning performance resulting in save after save to keep his side Stoke within touching distance of getting something from their visit to Anfield, even though his efforts were in vain; he covered himself in glory; a big move might still be on the cards before the window closes.
Our Back four comprises experience, calmness and some pace; led by Barcelona Right back Dani Alves; he sure won’t get a better game than his Sunday night workout against Levante, capping a solid performance with a goal. At Left Back; is Giorgio Chiellini, the Juventus defender scored his 4th career goal against Lazio in the Super cup and capping a solid defensive performance; he is joined by the calm presence of Rio Ferdinand giving a stellar performance at the Liberty Stadium for Manchester United; partnering Rio is Stephan Lichtsteiner; even though these days he plays as a right wing back; his performance in the Super Cup could not be ignore especially with his contribution in 3 of the 4 goals scored by Juventus.
The engine room of our team is spear headed by Nuri Sahin, cool, calm and collected in Dortmund’s midfield, neat and tidy in possession, he is gradually finding the form that brought him to European prominence. Cesc Fabregas had an absolutely fantastic game in Barcelona’s 7 nil demolition of Levante, showing his true worth as a team player, I am sure Manchester United will be salivating some more over their intention to snap up the Spanish International. If you ever thought that once Xavi and Iniesta retire; Spain would deteriorate; you would be mistaken as they have found an heir to the crown; take a bow Isco with a performance of wow effect in Real’s comeback win against Betis.
Feeding off the delivery and passes of Cesc Fabregas, Isco and Sahin would be the best player of his Generation, Lionel Messi; a brace to start off the season and sending out a clear signal to the whole of La Liga that Barcelona are ready to hold on to their crown no matter what; he is joined by Robin Van Persie; United’s leading scorer last season got off to a flyer with an over head kick and a screamer from outside the box to give United all 3 points at the Liberty Stadium. Christian Benteke makes our team of the week with his own brace and compounded the misery thats called Arsenal Football Club these days.
Another Trophy, another wild celebration; Antonio Conte; take a bow for starting where you left off last season with another trophy to add to the cabinet; this is despite not winning any pre season games.