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Man of the Weekend: Lionel Messi

FC Barcelona won 3-0 against Osasuna over the weekend with the opener from Luis and a brace by Messi. However, the talk around town was Lionel Messi’s second goal and if you missed it, have no fear! Relive the beautiful goal below:

Leo doesn’t care how many defenders you throw at him, he’ll dribble pass them with the intention to score. And that final feint before the finish! Brilliant! The way he faked out the defender and the goalie before finding net! I can’t stop watching this goal. This is the Leo I love to see. 

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Man of the Weekend: Jean-François Bédénik

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When TA Rennes met Vannes OC in the Championnat de France Amateur 2 (CFA 2) last evening, I bet they weren’t expecting Jean-François Bédénik to be a literal wall especially during a crucial penalty save. Vannes won the match 3-0, but I still can’t over the goalie’s Man of the Match performance. 

THE SAVES:

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Man of the Weekend: Edinson Cavani

It’s been a while since I’ve done this. A few footballers had a fantastic weekend, including Lionel Messi and James Rodriguez, but this honor goes to Edinson Cavani. 

El Matador had a few stressful games with the pressure mounting on his back. He managed to score on PSG’s outing against Arsenal in their 2016/17 Champions League opener, but then he squandered a few chances. Over the weekend, El Matador wasted no time in finding his shooting boots and quieting some loud mouth critics. Sure, it was just Caen he put 4 away against, but the MOST IMPORTANT thing is that he found his target every time. Also, I am LOVING the understanding between Cavani and Thomas Meunier. He finally has a reliable partner.

Pic via Edi’s Twitter handle

THE GOALS

My favorite #9 was on fire and inspired. He scored his poker inside the first half.

Minute 12

Minute 23 (penalty)

Minute 38

Minute 46

Posted in Man of the Weekend, Tottenham Hotspur

Man of the Weekend: Hugo Lloris

Hugo Lloris was my Man of the Weekend for the second time after putting in a fine performance away to West Brom. In that game, Lloris made a save that had the football world saying ‘WHOA!’ … except me, because I’ve known Lloris to be a part-time cat. I mean, have you seen those wicked reflexes?

West Brom’s assistant coach, David Kemp has hailed Lloris’ save against Jonas Olsson as “fantastic” and believed that “He probably likes coming here.” Meanwhile, West Brom goalie, Boaz Myhill has described the cat-like reflex save as the best he has ever seen:

“I think I’ve seen the best save I’ve ever seen in real life. It was an unbelievable bit of quality from Lloris at the end to keep the score at 1-1. You really can’t legislate for saves like that.”

Here is an analysis of the goal here:

Watch the goal here:

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Man of the Weekend: Hugo Lloris

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This weekend, the man was easy to choose as Hugo Lloris had a great game in goal for Spurs and saved the team from a potential embarrassment a la that wicked Hazard shot.

Lloris kept a clean sheet in this bore 0-0 draw against Chelsea, but no other player had excited me over the weekend more than the French goalie. Even Hazard would agree 🙂

I leave you with this AWESOME save on Hazard:

Posted in FC Barcelona, La Liga, Man of the Weekend, Serie A

Men of the Weekend: Cluadio Bravo & Nikola Kalinić

Claudio Bravo made 8 saves over the weekend when Barcelona met Real Madrid in the first Clásico clash of the season. His superb save to deny Cristiano a clear header goal was his best of the evening.

Check out his outstanding one-on-one save on Cristiano:

Kalinić rescues draw for Fiorentina

Nikola Kalinić came on as a second-half substitute for Fiorentina when Empoli was up 2-0 and scored a brace to end the match 2-2. It was a delight watching this man!

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Man of the Week: Captain Hugo Lloris

“First of all, we’d like to thank the English people in the stadium for their respect.”

– Hugo Lloris 

I know the category is ‘Man of the Weekend’, but I want to pay tribute to our French captain, Hugo Lloris for remaining calm in the face of such tragedy.

The French captain said all the right things at pressers and managed to instill a certain peace within French football fans. Never once did Lloris express any sort of anger toward the FFF for not canceling the match. He did not blame anyone, rather he respected their decision and remained professional at the pressers.

We may have lost last evening at Wembley (2-0 to England), but Lloris was the perfect captain and Les Bleus were the perfect team.

Merci Les Bleus!