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Padraig Whelan·9 November 2023

🏆 UCL Awards: Man Utd hit a new low, Atleti on fire and Haaland magic

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The Champions League delivered the goods as only it can from a mesmerising matchday four.

Now it is time to hand out our awards.


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Player of the Week

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Although Álvaro Morata may have gotten the pick of the goals and was outstanding at the tip of Atlético de Madrid’s attack as they racked up their biggest ever Champions League win, once more it was Antoine Griezmann who made everything tick.

The Frenchman also netted twice as he made it three straight Champions League games with a goal for the first time in his career, taking his tournament tally to 33 from 89 appearances, even when orchestrating things from a deeper berth.

“Whether it is in midfield, as a forward or a number 10, I just try to do what any player should when they’re in that position,” he said of his latest star turn. “I’ve learned by watching a lot of football. I do whatever the coach wants and try to pick up tips from others.”


Team of the Week

GK: Lunin (Real Madrid)

DEF: Yaroslav Rakitskyi (Shakhtar Donetsk), Pepe (Porto), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund)

MID: Phil Foden (Manchester City), Rasmus Falk (Copenhagen), Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid), Xaver Schlager (Leipzig)

ATT: Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Álvaro Morata (Atlético de Madrid), Rafael Leão (Milan)


Goal of the Week

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As good as Morata’s piledriver was, Erling Haaland has garnered a reputation as something of a penalty box poacher.

But he dispelled those notions with a swift turn and emphatic finish from outside the area in Manchester City’s routine win over Young Boys.

He has it all in his locker.


Result of the Week

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FC Copenhagen 4-3 Manchester United.

The home side’s support taunted the visitors with a ‘Welcome to your Theatre of Nightmares’ stand-length display and it proved to be prophetic.

As much as Erik ten Hag’s side have struggled this season, this kind of thing does not happen to United.

They had never lost a Champions League game after going two or more goals up and hadn’t lost a game in such a manner of any description for a decade (last doing so against Leicester in 2014).


Surprise of the Week

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Shakhtar Donetsk handed Barcelona their first European loss of the season with a 1-0 win in Hamburg.

It opens the group up for the Ukrainian side in a big way as they trail the top two by three points going into the final two fixtures.


Stat of the Week

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Andriy Lunin has now saved 50% of the last 14 penalties he has faced at club level – as he stood in admirably for Kepa against Braga.

On an unwanted personal level record, Rasmus Højlund continued his European hot streak in front of goal but unfortunately, United have lost in every game he has scored in for them (three).

In more disastrous stats that sum up United’s season so far, they’re also the first team on record (from 2003 onwards) to concede a penalty in each of their first four games of the group.

And Pepe’s goal in Porto’s 2-1 win over Antwerp on Tuesday meant he became the oldest goalscorer in Champions League history at the ripe age of 40 years and 254 days.


Quote of the Week

Harry Kane was at it again for Bayern Munich, scoring two late goals to fire them to a 2-1 win over Galatasaray and continue his sensational start to life in Bavaria.

“I can’t say much more than I’ve said already about him,” an almost disbelieving Thomas Tuchel said afterwards. “The rest he tells you with his goals. No words are needed.

“I can’t give him enough praise. There are many factors you can’t expect after a move like he made but it’s great. He’s doing what he’s always done but you can almost take his goalscoring for granted.”