FIFA World Cup: Team of the Week

The first week of the FIFA World Cup has officially come to a close. Football’s biggest festival has lived up to every Football fans expectation, there have been some really good performances and some really big surprises. So let’s try to put together the top performances from the first week in our first Team of the week.

Goalkeeper

Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico) 

The Mexican was on top of his game against Defending Champions Germany and Mexico went on to register a historic 1-0 win against Die Mannschaft. Ochoa made 9 saves and his athleticism off Toni Kroos’s Free Kick puts him straight into the team!

Defence

Right-Back- Stephan Lichtsteiner (Switzerland)

The Swiss Captain kept Neymar in his pocket in their Group E opener. Lichsteiner who is all set to join Arsenal after the World Cup kept the talismanic Brazilian at bay and played a key role in his team’s 1-1 draw.

Centre-Back- Jose Maria Giminez (Uruguay)

The Atleti Centre-Back snatched a late goal for Uruguay in their World Cup opener against Egypt. The 23-year-old found the back of the net in the 89th minute and stole all 3 points from a gutted Egyptian side.

Centre-Back- Andreas Christensen (Denmark)

After his breakout Season at Chelsea, Andreas Christensen had an impressive World Cup Debut completing 100% of his tackles and ensured Denmark kept a clean sheet in their 1-0 win against Peru. Injury rumours surfaced as Christensen was taken off 10 Minutes before full-time but Manager Age Hareide confirmed that the Dane just had a Minor cramp.

Left-Back- Keiran Trippier (England)

At Left-Back we have Keiran Trippier, yes his preferred position is at Right-Back but operating from the left with his impressive offensive form may not be such a bad idea.

Midfielders

Central Defensive Midfielder- Idrissa Gueye (Senegal)

Senegalese Holding Midfielder plies his trade for Everton in the Premier League and it was his shot that put Senegal in the lead Against Poland, a game that eventually finished 2-1 in Senegal’s Favour.

Central Midfield- Aleksandr Golovin

The 22-Year-Old was absolutely sensational on his World Cup Debut with 2 assists and one stunning free kick. A lot will be expected from the Russian in the coming years. 

Central Attacking Midfield- Kevin De Bruyne (Belgium)

Kevin De Bruyne plays the role of Creator-in-Chief a role he does so so well. The Belgian was top-class and made Belgium tick against Panama.

Forwards

Left-Wing- Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Do I really need to say anything? 4 Goals in 2 games. Is there anything this man can’t do?

Striker- Harry Kane (England)

England’s Young Generation (Pun intended) impressed all of us with their attacking play against Tunisia. The English could’ve been more clinical and been 4 or 5 goals up but in the end, Harry Kane’s Brace was enough for the ‘Three Lions’.

Right-Wing- Denis Cheryshev (Russia)

The Villareal Winger has been a big surprise this World Cup and in many ways is similar to James Rodriguez in the 2014 World Cup. I know what you’re thinking. NO. Real Madrid may not even go for the Winger especially considering he’s a product of their Youth Academy. 

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