Gazzetta dello Sport’s European Team of the Week has long been a favourite for Sport Witness readers, giving an Italian perspective on performances outside of Serie A.
Every week there’s some disagreement with the selection, as fans of Premier League clubs can’t understand why their favourite performer didn’t make the team.
This week there may have been a riot had David de Gea not been the goalkeeper after his display against Arsenal. Jose Mourinho saw his side run out 3-1 winners, and De Gea made a string of crucial saves.
Combining several aspects of shot-stopping, the Spanish number one showed the importance of having a great goalkeeper.
Two other Premier League stars have joined him, one is De Gea’s Old Trafford teammate Jesse Lingard, who scored twice against Arsenal, and the other is Eden Hazard, who did the same for Chelsea against Newcastle United.
Chelsea won the match 3-1 and Hazard continued his good run of form for the Premier League champions. It’s now 5 goals and 2 assists in the Belgian’s last five matches for Antonio Conte’s side.
Other inclusions in Gazzetta’s selection to have Premier League links are Nordin Amrabat, on loan at Leganes from Watford, former Chelsea player Filipe Luis, former Liverpool player Iago Aspas, and former Arsenal youngster Serge Gnabry.
For Gnabry it was a standout performance for Hoffenheim in what hasn’t been a great season for the 22 year old.