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Manchester City duo and Brighton man star in 101’s team of the week

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Manchester City duo and Brighton man star in 101’s team of the week

After another Premier League weekend to remember, it is Chelsea that hold the lead heading into the international break, courtesy of a 3-1 win over Southampton that sounds far more routine than it was.

By contrast, Watford and Newcastle continued to struggle, with the Hornets parting ways with Xisco Munoz as a result of their 1-0 defeat to Leeds United.

And, of course, there was blockbuster action in the form of Manchester City’s trip to Anfield, in which a high class game ultimately ended even thanks to some individual brilliance.

But who made 101’s team of the week?

GK: Aaron Ramsdale

Few, if any, expected Arsenal to waltz to victory over Brighton. However, the host sides dominance in a drenched Amex stadium was equally surprising.

The Gunners did not look at the races, with their attacks failing to click and their defence constantly penned back. In those games, it is individual moments of brilliance that pull you out of the fire, and Ramsdale offered several.

The Englishman has fast become Mikel Arteta’s no.1, and the Gunners look much better because of it as he continues to make vital saves. While his distribution was by his own admission poor, his shot-stopping was ultimately what allowed Arsenal to walk away with a point.

DF: Marc Cucurella

From one man saving Arsenal, to a man that constantly posed a threat to the Gunners, Marc Cucurella has taken to the Premier League like a duck to water following his move from Getafe in the summer.

Lining up on the left of Brighton’s defence, Cucurella caused Takehiro Tomiyasu problems for much of the game, and was by far and away Brighton’s most threatening player from open play.

While Brighton fans will be looking at 2 points dropped, they will have been incredibly encouraged by what they saw from their latest addition, and will eagerly await him working in tandem with the returning Tariq Lamptey on the opposite flank.

DF: Diego Llorente

Llorente netted the winner, making him a strong shout for this side even before his defensive contribution is taken into account. In his own box too, however, the Spaniard was immense.

Returning to the side from injury, Llorente eased the injury crisis that Leeds were suffering in the heart of defence, and continued to look calm and considered in possession.

He was not afraid to go toe-to-toe with Newcastle’s forwards either, and made a marked difference to a Leeds side that finally picked up their first win of the season.

DF: Cristian Romero

In all honesty, this was the man I was least confident of putting into this side, but I have opted for Cristian Romero due to the calming presence he brings to the Tottenham defence.

Winner of the Serie A MVP last season, there are high expectations on the shoulders of Romero, especially as Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier and Japhet Tanganga flatter to deceive.

While he was partly at fault for the Villa equaliser, his overall performance was one of style and steel, something that Tottenham have not had since their Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen pairing under Mauricio Pochettino.

MF: Andros Townsend

It takes some balls to mock Cristiano Ronaldo’s celebration in front of the Manchester United fans, however that is exactly what Andros Townsend did.

He later explained the reasoning behind the celebration, but it did not take away ultimately from the quality of his performance. With fellow summer signing Demarai Gray, the pair have given Everton some real threat from wide areas, and some much-needed composure in front of goal.

Townsend will take the plaudits (in this case) for a brilliant team performance, but he personified everything Rafa Benitez was asking of his side. Dogged in defence, he was able to spring forward and effect the game in a major way for the Toffees, who could have snatched all three points.

As for Manchester United, with a tough run of fixtures coming up, they will need to make a decision on Solskjaer that may not be popular.

MF: Bernardo Silva

The first of three players from this game, Bernardo Silva is once again excelling for Manchester City following an uncertain summer. Thrust into the middle of the park by Pep Guardiola in the absence of Ilkay Gundogan, Silva ran the show for the Citizens in the first half.

Alongside the magical run shown above, Silva was outstanding in ensuring that Liverpool never really got a foothold in the first half of the tie at Anfield. If he can keep his performances up for the duration of the season, he will be a key part of City’s title charge.

MF: Ruben Loftus Cheek

When Saul NIguez joined the club on deadline day as midfield reinforcement, it seemed to signal the end of Loftus-Cheek’s Chelsea career. A brilliant talent always blighted by injuries, he has seized his chance in Chelsea’s midfield during Ngolo Kante’s absence.

Excelling against Southampton, it remains to be seen if he can remain injury-free and really make a meaningful contribution to this Chelsea squad. When he plays, however, it is always worth sitting up and taking notice.

MF: Heung-Min Son

As Harry Kane continues to misfire, the form of Heung-Min Son is critical to any chances of Tottenham success in the short term. And it is safe to say that he stepped up for Nuno Espirito Santo and his teammates.

Creating the first goal and scoring the second, the South Korean remains lethal in front of goal as well as when it comes to creating chances for his teammates.

While Nuno Espirito Santo may not be the man for the Spurs job ultimately, if he can keep Heung-Min Son firing until Harry Kane finally begins to click back into gear, he has a chance of keeping his job.

FWD: Phil Foden

The biggest compliment to Phil Foden yesterday is that at 21 years old, it was he that was leading the Manchester City attacks even with Kevin de Bruyne on the pitch.

His finish to pull City back into the encounter after Liverpool had pulled ahead was clinical, while James Milner was unable to deal with the pace and trickery of the Englishman, picking up a yellow card in the first half.

Ultimately, the game was a tale of two forwards, with Gary Neville awarding Foden one part of the joint man-of-the-match award with Mohamed Salah (spoiler).

FWD: Hwang Hee-Chan

After Raul Jimenez made it off the mark for the season last weekend, it was new signing Hwang Hee-Chan’s turn to bag his first goals of the campaign for Wolves.

Already striking up a great partnership with Jimenez, who assisted both of Chan’s goals, Wolves fans will be hoping the pair can bring the best out of each other as they look to recover from an underwhelming start to the campaign.

FWD: Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah was the only reason that Liverpool walked away from Anfield with anything more than a defeat against the reigning champions.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were well off the pace in the first half, and should have been behind heading into the break on the balance of play. However, they weren’t, and the second half saw Salah remind everyone just how good he continues to be.

Firstly, a perfectly weighted pass allowed Sadio Mane to fire past an onrushing Ederson, before he showed immense skill and composure to beat four Manchester City defenders and find the back of the net for Liverpool’s second.

With Salah in their side, Liverpool remain a force to be reckoned with for the Premier League title. However, they will have to improve on their first half showing.

Manchester City duo and Brighton man star in 101’s team of the week

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