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Premier League Matchweek 4: Team of the Week

Premier League returned to action after the international break with some intense action. The second debut of Cristiano Ronaldo with Manchester United became the talk of the town and he marked the occasion with a splendid brace of goals against Newcastle United. Meanwhile, Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace put Tottenham Hotspur to the sword and won 3-0.

Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester City also had a successful weekend. The European Champions beat Aston Villa 3-0 while Liverpool enjoyed their Egyptian King Mohamed Salah scoring his 100th Premier League goal. The defending Premier League champions beat Leicester City 1-0 thanks to Bernardo Silva’s goal.

Down at the bottom, Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal got their first points on the board after beating 20th ranked Norwich City 1-0 with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring their first and only goal so far this season.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the Premier League Team of the Week from Matchweek 4!

 

Formation: 4-3-3

 

GOALKEEPER: EDOUARD MENDY (CHELSEA)

Although the 3-0 scoreline Chelsea had over Aston Villa is quite flattering, in reality, Aston Villa carved out some enormous scoring chances especially in the first 45 minutes of the match. However, their forwards were left constantly frustrated by the brilliant Edouard Mendy in between the poles.

Immediately after Romelu Lukaku opened the scoring, Mendy was called into action and he denied Ollie Watkins. He then displayed his agility and athleticism by making a double save off Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa.

No goalkeeper has made more saves than Edouard Mendy (16) in the Premier League after the four matchweeks so far!

 

DEFENCE: TRENT ALEXANDERARNOLD (LIVERPOOL), THIAGO SILVA (CHELSEA), CONOR COADY (WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS), TYRICK MITCHELL (CRYSTAL PALACE)

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s defensive abilities were tested against a frenetic Leeds United pace and intensity this weekend. Not only did he excel at the back, he made constant overlapping runs and even assisted Salah’s goal. The 22-year-old has 35 Premier League assists to his name which is more than Ronaldo ever managed in the league.

The start to the match between Chelsea and Aston Villa was quite chaotic but Tuchel would be glad he had the assurance of Thiago Silva at the back. The veteran defender led the backline and made several crucial blocks and interceptions to snuff out danger.

Wolves finally registered their first win in the league and captain Conor Coady played a massive role. His leadership and organisation ensured that the back-three were rock solid all game. He also played several long diagonal passes from the deep to take the opposition by surprise.

Tyrick Mitchell was hugely impressive against Tottenham and also combined well with Wilfried Zaha. He was energetic throughout the game and was unfortunate to not get on the scoresheet.

 

MIDFIELD: MATEO KOVACIC (CHELSEA), CONOR GALLAGHER (CRYSTAL PALACE), BERNARDO SILVA (MANCHESTER CITY)

With Jorginho among the subs and Kante absent, Mateo Kovacic ran the show for Chelsea in midfield this weekend. He had the most touches and the most passes in the game and the Croatian even assisted Lukaku’s opener. He also capitalized on a mistake made by Tyrone Mings and helped himself to a goal.

Conor Gallagher is slowly becoming the engine of the Crystal Palace side and he was very impressive against Tottenham. He recorded 72 touches, created three chances, won seven balls, got an assist and even won the penalty from which Zaha scored.

Bernardo Silva had his heart outside Manchester City during the summer but the Portuguese finds himself being the protagonist once again following a strong start to the season. His performance deserved a stroke of luck and his goal cemented the win for Pep Guardiola’s side against Leicester City.

 

ATTACK: CRISTIANO RONALDO (MANCHESTER UNITED), WILFRIED ZAHA (CRYSTAL PALACE), ROMELU LUKAKU (CHELSEA)

Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United as a young prince and has returned as a legend. One of the greatest players of this generation enjoyed a dream return to the Old Trafford with a brace of goals against Newcastle United.

Ronaldo’s first came from point-blank range following a spill from the goalkeeper. He got his second after finding the gap between the keeper’s legs with a low driven shot in the second half to put the game to bed.

Wilfried Zaha tested and teased new Tottenham signing Emerson all game and constantly threatened from the left flank. Zaha opened the scoring from the spot with a calm penalty and then assisted the Odsonne Edouard goal. Tottenham struggled with his pace and bursts of pace and Tanganga saw his second yellow card for bringing Zaha down.

The game against Aston Villa showed exactly why Romelu Lukaku, No. 3 in the top goalscorers’ list, was the man they needed this summer. Despite not being at their collective best, Lukaku appeared in crucial moments and gave the team the impetus it needed in attack. Starved of service, Lukaku made the most out of the chances that came his way and scored a brace to continue his dream return to Chelsea colours.

 

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