European Players of the Week #633


Striker Erling Braut Håland vs Gent 


In the opening of the Champions League, we might have already found the breakout star of this competition. Every year we seem to find a young star that no one knows about who makes the presence felt in this competition. We saw an absolutely magical display from an unknown 19-year-old Braut Håland. A magical display that kicks off this campaign in such a promising way. RB Salzburg absolutely annihilated Gent and such an embarrassing fashion in the Champions League opener. The Austrian Giants displayed a 6-2 annihilation of the Belgium side. However, this match was the coming-out party for the Norwegian teen Braut Håland. He seems to have the conviction and the ability to be one of the best youngsters in Europe. Prior to this week, I had no idea who he was but much like the rest of Europe, everyone knows who he is now. You could not have orchestrated or scripted a more exciting and exhilarating debut for the promising start. He was as effective as anyone this week in Europe without question one of the best performances we seen in all of Europe. He announced himself to the world with an incredible Hattrick in the first half alone. Gent never stood a chance in this game as they got absolutely outclassed by a much stronger team. None the less the kid came to play and delivered on the biggest stage possible in World football. The Norwegian national team isn’t one of the best teams in the world but Norway can rest easy this weekend because of the Superstar they have on their hands. Given the way he played & the ability, he showed it certainly does not look like a fluke we truly have seen a young star unleash in the Champions League the nineteen-year-old scored a first-half hat-trick an incredibly efficient display. In 74 minutes of play, he took three shots every single one of them ended with the goalkeeper taking the ball out of his own net. The question is can it be maintained and will he show this on a more of a consistent basis. Given everything, he displayed in the Champions League we certainly have a star on our hands. This wasn’t the most difficult part of the group but with the star potential, this kid has they might be able to go farther than a lot of people expect. An absolutely thrilling performance arguably the best performance in Europe this week. They are certainly in the group of death at least one of them he will have to deal with Liverpool and Napoli which will give us some insight on how special he can be.



Mislav Oršić vs Atalanta 


Atalanta got a huge Awakening In Champions League football this week. Dinamo Zagreb dominated the entire match beating the Italian darling 4-0 in Croatia. Atalanta was never in this game and that was proven consistently during that match. This is a very tough group with Shakhtar Donetsk and Manchester City. It was really important to the start of this campaign with a big result. Apparently, Atalanta didn’t get that memo as it will make this really hard on themselves to advance after an absolute annihilation in Croatia a large part of that was Mislav Orsic who scored a hat-trick in what was an incredibly efficient display from the striker. Dinamo Zagreb attacked and made Atalanta pay. Orsic was was absolutely special he may not be a huge name in European football but he is a name in Croatian football. A surprising performance with a hat-trick from A unlikely source he played really well coming forward facilitate opportunities for teammates and dominated the Run of play. Atalanta could not and would not deal with him he was an absolute nightmare through the duration of the game. Being responsible for three of the four goals scored. They’re going to need similar productivity from him again against some of the bigger teams in this group. Dinamo Zagreb got off to the best start possible giving them shooters chance to advance. The champions league has only started but a performance like that from their star player will give them confidence as it progresses. One of the better performances we’ve seen in Europe over the week as he scores his first champions league hat-trick and what was a magical display from the striker.



Nicolo Zaniolo vs Istanbul Basaksehir  

Nicolo Zaniolo has turned out to be some star for this Roma team. By now everyone knows the story he came in last year in a swap deal with Radja Nainggolan and turned out to be one of the best signings Roma has made in recent years. He extended his contract this summer and has been a revelation so far this season. On another big stage on a European knight yesterday he showed incredible quality and intelligence. He was simply put magical last night it quite honestly could have been his best performance in the Roma shirt. After a slow first half, Nicolo Zaniolo orchestrated the offensive explosion we saw in the second half of last night’s game. Roma scored three goals in the second half after hardly creating anything during the first 45 minutes. It truly was on unreal display from the young Italian. Zaniolo on the first goal showed unbelievable progress and development displaying a world-class sequence of ability. As he took the ball into Istanbul’s danger area cutting through the defense into the box placing the ball in for himself on the touchline before delivering the perfectly timed assist for Edin Dzeko. It was a really special performance he was absolutely electric. He later scored a great goal and supplied another assist in the closing moments to Justin kluivert. Without question one of the most impressive performers in European football this week. This Roma team is capable of going extremely far in this competition perhaps even winning it. If Roma gets this type of input from Nicolo Zaniolo with already strong parts around him this team has a serious shot at winning a trophy for the first time in a decade. It truly was a magical display if he can maintain this type of consistency he will prove again & again that he is one of the best youngsters in all of Europe he is one of the players that this club is building around and rightfully so after that performance everyone’s can understand that Roma truly robbed the bank last season. He has the potential no moment is too big for him regardless of the situation he is capable of rising to that occasion and last night was further proof of that.


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