European Team of the Week: Palmer, Gordon land perfect 10s

Every week, we will bring you the best performers across Europe’s top five leagues (English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Spanish LaLiga, French Ligue 1 and Italian Serie A) using the unique WhoScored ratings system.

The ratings are based on a comprehensive algorithm that uses Opta data during live matches, with more than 200 raw statistics, that gives us a single rating from 1-10 (1 being bad; 10 being excellent) weighted according to a player’s influence within a game.

Find out more about how the ratings are calculated at WhoScored here. Here are the top players from the last round of action.

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Goalkeeper: Sven Ulreich (Bayern Munich | Bundesliga) – 8.26 rating

While Bayern Munich lost their Bundesliga crown to Bayer Leverkusen over the weekend, they geared up for their Champions League meeting with Arsenal with a 2-0 win over Cologne. Ulreich was solid in the home victory, making five saves and two high claims.

Right-back: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich | Bundesliga) – 8.49

Kimmich registered his sixth league assist of the season, providing a goal for Raphaël Guerreiro with one of his two key passes. Kimmich also found a teammate with 93.5% of his 93 attempted passes and made three tackles.

Centre-back: Nico Schlotterbeck (Borussia Dortmund | Bundesliga) – 8.37

Schlotterbeck netted his second league goal of the season as 10-man Borussia Dortmund maintained their top-four push with a narrow 2-1 win at Borussia Mönchengladbach. The Germany international also made three interceptions, three clearances and two tackles.

Centre-back: Fabian Schär (Newcastle | Premier League) – 9.01

Schär was on hand to score his fourth league goal of the season in the Magpies’ resounding 4-0 win over Tottenham. The Switzerland defender stood firm at the back, making five clearances, four interceptions and two tackles..

Left-back: Tyrick Mitchell (Crystal Palace | Premier League) – 8.13

Crystal Palace threw a spanner in the works for Liverpool‘s title push with young left-back Mitchell key in the Eagles’ 1-0 win at Anfield. He provided the assist for Eberechi Eze‘s first-half strike, and went on to make five clearances and three tackles.

Right midfield: Anthony Gordon (Newcastle | Premier League) – 10.0

Gordon was in rampant form as Newcastle tore Tottenham to shreds. The 23-year-old was directly involved in three of four goals, registering a brace of assists from eight key passes and getting the better of goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario with one of his two shots.

Central midfield: Cole Palmer (Chelsea | Premier League) – 10.0

Palmer moved level with Erling Haaland in the race for the Premier League Golden Boot with a four-goal salvo on Monday night. Chelsea smashed Everton 6-0 on home turf, with Palmer netting with four of five shots. The 21-year-old also completed three dribbles and had to fight off his own teammates to net a penalty.

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Leverkusen fans celebrate 1st Bundesliga title after Wirtz’s hat trick

Bayer Leverkusen fans storm the pitch after Florian Wirtz grabs his hat trick to seal first Bundesliga title.

Central midfield: Florian Wirtz (Bayer Leverkusen | Bundesliga) – 9.40

Wirtz became the first player to score a Bundesliga hat trick off the bench since Haaland in 2020 when he bagged his 11th goal of the season in Bayer Leverkusen’s title-confirming 5-0 win over Werder Bremen at the weekend. Wirtz also managed one key pass and one dribble in a stunning cameo.

Left midfield: Jérémy Doku (Manchester City | Premier League) – 9.41

As both Liverpool and Arsenal dropped points in the title race, Manchester City eased to a 5-1 win over lowly Luton on Saturday, with Doku key. The Belgium international winger was directly involved in two of five goals, netting with one of his six shots, provided one assist from three key passes, and made six successful dribbles.

Striker: Nicolas Jackson (Chelsea | Premier League) – 9.42

Jackson ended a four-game goalless run in fine fashion as he bagged his 10th league goal of the campaign in Chelsea’s rampant win over Everton. Jackson beat Jordan Pickford with one of his three shots and provided one assist from two key passes. A further five dribbles helped mark one of his best displays of the season. It was just a shame about the penalty incident.

Striker: Sheraldo Becker (Real Sociedad | La Liga) – 8.84

Becker was directly involved in both goals in a 2-2 draw with lowly Almeria. The 29-year-old’s first LaLiga goal came from one of three shots, while his assist for Mikel Oyarzabal‘s second-half strike was from one of five key passes.