Champions League Team of the Week: Matchday 2

Tom Gott
Oct 29, 2020, 12:15 PM GMT
Joao Felix tore Red Bull Salzburg apart
Joao Felix tore Red Bull Salzburg apart | DeFodi Images/Getty Images
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This whole 'weekly Champions League' thing is pretty fun.

We're already two matchdays into the competition, and this second gameweek certainly did not disappoint. We saw a boatload of goals, some great comebacks and a delightful dash of controversy that makes everything that little bit more exciting.

Here's 90min's Team of the Week from matchday 2.

1. Goalkeepers & Defenders

Mendy has been impressive since joining Chelsea
Mendy has been impressive since joining Chelsea | MB Media/Getty Images

Édouard Mendy (GK) - The Chelsea goalkeeper grabbed his fourth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions in a 4-0 win over Krasnodar, pulling off a handful of good saves and commanding his box well.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) - Liverpool often struggled against a stubborn Midtjylland, but right-back Alexander-Arnold was a constant source of positivity. His movement and passing were on another level and he was unfortunate to walk away without an assist.

Manuel Akanji (CB) - With the third-most touches in the competition this week, Akanji brought an air of calmness to Borussia Dortmund's defence. A 2-0 win over Zenit was richly deserved.

Stefan de Vrij (CB) - We've already seen what Shakhtar Donetsk's attack can do, but thanks to Stefan de Vrij, Inter didn't meet the same fate as Real Madrid. The 0-0 draw was frustrating but the clean sheet was a fair reward for the Dutch defender.

Marcos Acuña (LB) - Replacing Sergio Reguilón was never going to be easy, but Acuña has done a great job filling in on the left side of Sevilla's defence. His cross for Luuk de Jong's goal against Rennes was outstanding.

2. Midfielders

Rashford was dominant off the bench
Rashford was dominant off the bench | ANTHONY DEVLIN/Getty Images

Fred (CM) - If there was a stat for assisting assists, Fred would be laughing. The Brazilian was quietly involved in everything that went right for Manchester United in their 5-0 win over RB Leipzig.

Kevin De Bruyne (CM) - Another day, another two assists for De Bruyne, who completely tore Marseille apart in Manchester City's 3-0 win.

Marcus Rashford (RM) - Rashford played just 27 minutes of the win over Leipzig, but still managed to bag a hat-trick in an outstanding display.

João Félix (AM) - Atlético Madrid weren't good against Salzburg, but Félix put the team on his back and dragged them to a 3-2 win, in what was one of his best displays since joining the club.

Marcus Thuram (LM) - Two goals against Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid is no mean feat. Thuram was a constant thorn in Real's side and was unfortunate to see his goals cancelled out late on.

3. Forward

Mbappe was unstoppable
Mbappe was unstoppable | Pool/Getty Images

Kylian Mbappé (ST) - PSG team-mate Moise Kean deserves a shout for scoring twice in the 2-0 win over İstanbul Başakşehir, but neither goal would have been possible without Mbappé, whose movement and creativity was almost perfect.

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