Schlager is a type of catchy instrumental accompaniment to vocal pieces of pop music with simple, happy-go-lucky, and often sentimental lyrics, and also a bloody good central midfielder.
The Austrian put in a masterclass against Crvene zvezda, bagging two assists and generally being at the heart of everything good RB Leipzig did in Belgrade.
CM: Mikel Merino (Real Sociedad)
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Yep, this is the Mikel Merino who played for Newcastle United.
The midfielder has gone from Mapies flop to Spain international since moving to Real Sociedad, and judging his goal and assist in the win over Benfica it’s easy to see why he now has 18 caps to his name.
CM: Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid)
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Antoine Griezmann has made it into our midfield this week because that’s where he tore Celtic limb from limb from on Tuesday.
The Atleti legend scored a brace in the 6-0 win, including a face-melter of a second goal (check it out if you haven’t already).
AM: Ruben Loftus-Cheek (AC Milan)
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The year is 2023 and Ruben Loftus-Cheek is making Champions League team of the weeks for his performances with AC Milan. That’s not something we expected to write when RLC was bursting on the scene at Chelsea and looked set to be their next great midfielder.
Loftus-Cheek has been impressing since making a free agent move to San Siro, saving his best performance to date for the win over PSG.
ST: Harry Kane (Bayern Munich)
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Games played: 15
Harry Kane has been in outrageous form since joining Bayern Munich. The England captain bagged yet another brace in the win over Galatasaray which sealed his new club’s qualification to the knockout rounds as Group A winners. Nice one.
ST: Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid)
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Alvaro Morata has quietly been in the form of his life in the early months of the 2023/24 campaign for Atletico Madrid.
The forward bagged two goals – his 11th and 12th the season already – and an assist in Atleti’s thumping win over Celtic.
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