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Champions League Team of the Week: Matchday 2

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Joao Felix tore Red Bull Salzburg apart | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

This whole ‘weekly Champions League’ thing is pretty fun.

We’re already two matchdays into the competition, and this second gameweek certainly did not disappoint. We saw a boatload of goals, some great comebacks and a delightful dash of controversy that makes everything that little bit more exciting.

Here’s 90min‘s Team of the Week from matchday 2.

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Mendy has been impressive since joining Chelsea | MB Media/Getty Images

Édouard Mendy (GK) – The Chelsea goalkeeper grabbed his fourth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions in a 4-0 win over Krasnodar, pulling off a handful of good saves and commanding his box well.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – Liverpool often struggled against a stubborn Midtjylland, but right-back Alexander-Arnold was a constant source of positivity. His movement and passing were on another level and he was unfortunate to walk away without an assist.

Manuel Akanji (CB) – With the third-most touches in the competition this week, Akanji brought an air of calmness to Borussia Dortmund‘s defence. A 2-0 win over Zenit was richly deserved.

Stefan de Vrij (CB) – We’ve already seen what Shakhtar Donetsk’s attack can do, but thanks to Stefan de Vrij, Inter didn’t meet the same fate as Real Madrid. The 0-0 draw was frustrating but the clean sheet was a fair reward for the Dutch defender.

Marcos Acuña (LB) – Replacing Sergio Reguilón was never going to be easy, but Acuña has done a great job filling in on the left side of Sevilla’s defence. His cross for Luuk de Jong’s goal against Rennes was outstanding.

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Rashford was dominant off the bench | ANTHONY DEVLIN/Getty Images

Fred (CM) – If there was a stat for assisting assists, Fred would be laughing. The Brazilian was quietly involved in everything that went right for Manchester United in their 5-0 win over RB Leipzig.

Kevin De Bruyne (CM) – Another day, another two assists for De Bruyne, who completely tore Marseille apart in Manchester City‘s 3-0 win.

Marcus Rashford (RM) – Rashford played just 27 minutes of the win over Leipzig, but still managed to bag a hat-trick in an outstanding display.

João Félix (AM) – Atlético Madrid weren’t good against Salzburg, but Félix put the team on his back and dragged them to a 3-2 win, in what was one of his best displays since joining the club.

Marcus Thuram (LM) – Two goals against Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid is no mean feat. Thuram was a constant thorn in Real’s side and was unfortunate to see his goals cancelled out late on.

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Mbappe was unstoppable | Pool/Getty Images

Kylian Mbappé (ST) – PSG team-mate Moise Kean deserves a shout for scoring twice in the 2-0 win over İstanbul Başakşehir, but neither goal would have been possible without Mbappé, whose movement and creativity was almost perfect.

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Source: 90mins

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