Gazzetta’s Euro XI of the week
As is the case every Monday, the well-known Italian pink paper ‘Gazzetta dello Sport’ have officially named their team of the week from Europe.
In case you don’t know, players across any of the leagues except for Series A can be made available for selection in the XI.
Three perhaps unexpected Premier League players found their names listed under the selection for this week: a Stoke player, one from the Brighton team and a star player from the Man City gang.
Stoke & Brighton
Last weekend at the Premier League saw Stoke continue to cause some upset to the bigger name teams.
Not only did the Potters manage to beat big-guns Arsenal at their home ground, the Bet365 Stadium a few weeks ago, but they can boast of becoming the very first team in the division to score and take points off Man United as of Saturday night.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting bagged a brace for Mark Hughes’ men that saw Man United held to a 2-2 draw at the end of the match.
But, rather than being obvious and picking the goal scorer for Stoke, ‘Gazzetta dello Sport’ have instead chosen to include Kurt Zouma in their side, currently on loan from Chelsea.
Despite Zouma nearly scoring a potentially catastrophic own goal in the Man United match, he did pull it back by being such an imposing player against bigshot Marcus Rashford.
As for the Brighton team, the Seagulls have just won their first match in the Premier League campaign by beating the West Brom’s in a game that ended 3-1. The nominated team hero was Pascal Gross with his double against the Baggies, which earned him a well-earned spot playing in midfield.
Man City’s De Bruyne
Kevin De Bruyne, the midfielder for Man City was listed as the final EPL player in the eleven.
In his latest match on Saturday, De Bruyne bagged two two assists in the 5-0 whitewash of Liverpool at the weekend.
The Belgian star player then teed up against Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus to seal his victory.
Leo Messi & Neymar
Looking towards the rest of the team, former Barcelona team mates and star players themselves, Leo Messi and Neymar were both included in the attack.
Messi managed to score a hat-trick as Barca skilfully destroyed Espanyol 5-0 in the Catalans derby.
As for Neymar, he found the target in a 5-1 PSG win over Metz in Ligue 1.