Marcelo Brozović looked like a pure #9 Saturday when he made a beautiful run straight up the field to score the opener in the Milan Derby. Inter would fall to city rivals AC Milan 3-2 and now sit two points behind them for the Serie A lead. Brozović won “Best Midfielder In Serie A” last year; and this is exactly why. He not only holds things together defensively for his Inter Milan squad, but he also puts together gems in the offensive third with assists and rare goals throughout the season. Brozović was given a 6/10 grade from SempreInter.com as he “Scored the opening goal and was the only Inter player who looked like he actually wanted to play football. Still, he makes simple mistakes which he simply can’t afford to now in his role as a leader.”
Nikola Vlašić had one Premiership goal all of last season for West Ham. He already has two for Torino this campaign while on loan in Italy. Thursday evening, Vlašić played all 90 minutes for Torino and scored their lone goal in a 3-1 loss to Atalanta. He received an 8.4 score from FOTMOB. Is this the spark Vlašić needed since leaving Russia two years ago? It seems so.
Luka Modrić received a 7/10 from SBNation in Real Madrid’s 2-1 victory over Real Betis Saturday. “So fun to watch the little Croatian work his magic. Popped up in pockets of space all throughout the pitch and linked the midfield to the defense and offense. Had 3 key passes, 5 of 5 long balls, and 2 dribbles completed. One blemish will be his lapse in concentration on Canales’ goal.”
Mateo Kovačić received a 6/10 from SI.com in Chelsea’s slim 2-1 win over West ham. “This was the Croatian’s first start in a while after returning from injury and it is still clear to see. It wasn’t one of Kovačić’s best games but he will slowly return to running the Chelsea midfield.”
Bartol Franjić earned his first assist for Wolfsburg Saturday in a 4-2 loss to Koln. He played 74 minutes under manager Niko Kovač.