UCL Matchday 3 of game week 2 of the 2017/2018 UEFA Champions League season and already fans of participating teams are in high spirits, hoping for favorable results from their teams and exciting performances from their players.
It was reported that on deadline day of the English summer transfer window, Arsenal had a €94 million bid for the 21 years old Monaco young star turned down. That was a big statement by the French team to show how important the French winger is to the principality club. Lemar was part of an exciting Monaco attack that scored over a hundred goals last season, combining well with Bernado Silva.
Silva and Mbappe have since left Monaco to join Manchester City and PSG respectively and now is the time for Lemar to take center stage and try to improve on his 14 goals and 17 assists in 44 games from last season. Thomas Lemar should play a fine season in the UCL and eventually get his big move, I believe.
It was on the European stage where Marcus announced himself in February, last year. Manchester United was hit with injuries in the Europa League and Anthony Martial got injured in the warm-up for the match against Midtjylland. Rashford stepped up, scored twice and the world took notice.Although Lukaku is the main man in the United attack now, Rashford has shown he’s ready to play a bigger part this season after an impressive 2016/2017 season that saw him made the most appearances for Manchester United, scoring 11 goals and helping his team score another 6. With his pace and the supply line behind him in the United midfield, he should shine in Europe this season.
Although he was initially signed by Madrid in December 2014 from his boyhood club Mallorca, he was loaned to Mallorca and then Espanyol. Asensio has grown in leaps and bounds over the last three years and had an exceptional 2016/2017 season with Los Blancos.
The Spanish attacking midfielder is already off to a good start to the new season for Madrid scoring 4 goals in 9 appearances – with the most eye-catching being his screamer against Barcelona in Madrid. Zidane has shown a strong belief in the youngster who can play in a number of attacking positions and he has delivered beautiful performances to repay his coach’s faith. With Bale’s unconvincing form and Benzema’s injury, Asensio should step in and deliver.
Arguably the most talented young player in football right now, Kylian Mbappe has grown immeasurably as a footballer in the last 12 months of his senior career. Now the world’s second most expensive footballer in history after he switched from Monaco where he had an exceptional season to rivals PSG, initially on loan which will be made permanent next summer.Mbappe scored 26 goals and assisted 14 goals in 44 appearances last season for Monaco and has continued in the same mood with his new team, scoring and assisting on his PSG debut. Kylian should be a key member of a PSG team that is expected to do big things this season. Alongside Edison Cavani and Neymar, he’s expected to lead a charge for the Parisians in the UCL.
24 months ago, Dembele was an amateur player with Rennes. He got himself into the senior team, played a fine season and earned a move to Dortmund where he had an incredible last season. He was involved in 31 goals(10 goals, 21 assists) in 49 games for Dortmund last season but that’s not all that is exciting about the 20-year-old French International. The French youngster is fleet-footed, confident, uses both feet perfectly, can dribble and beat his man with incredible ease, pick a pass and also has an eye for a goal.
Playing with Barcelona and Lionel Messi can do a lot of things to a player’s career and hopefully, it does positives for Ousmane. He is currently out with injury and is not expected back until January. When he does return, he would form what has been nicknamed the new ‘LOL’ frontline of Barcelona, as they seek to wrestle some form of dominance away from Madrid. He should have a big season.