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Performances you might have missed: Man Utd target Telles shines for Porto

The Brazilian left-back is reportedly wanted at Old Trafford by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

3:05pm on Tuesday 22nd September 2020
Martin Macdonald

Outwith the top five leagues, there were some outstanding performances around Europe this weekend...

Alex Telles
D (L) - Porto - 27 yrs
Sep 19, 2020
9Final third passes
2Touches in box
7Duels won
9Ball recovered

Manchester United are in the market for a left-back, and now that Sergio Reguilon has signed for Spurs they have turned their attention to Alex Telles of Porto.

If they were watching him over the weekend, they would certainly have been impressed, too, as the Brazilian scored two goals and assisted another in Porto's 3-1 win versus Braga.

Throughout the first half, Telles bombed down the left-hand side and it was from a position on the flank that he assisted Porto's equaliser after they initially went 1-0 down. Within plenty of space, he curled a superb, teasing cross to the back post for Sergio Oliveira to head home.

In the second half, he scored two of the most emphatic penalties you will see this week into the right corner, with the keeper unable to match their ferocious power.

The assist for the equaliser was one of seven crosses he sent into the area, while nine of his 27 passes were sent into the final third.

Defensively, he won 7/8 duels, 100% of his tackles, 100% of his aerial duels, and made nine ball recoveries.

Overall, he scored a 9.2 FC Rating.

Adam Armstrong
S (C), AM (R) - Blackburn - 23 yrs
Sep 19, 2020
5Total shots
5Shots on target
13Final third passes
5Touches in box
89Successfull passes %

Down in the Championship, Blackburn enjoyed one of the biggest wins of the weekend as they demolished Wycombe 5-0.

Adam Armstrong scored three on the day to earn himself a 9.4 FC Rating.

The first of his goals came via the penalty spot 16 minutes in, as he slammed a strike into the right corner to make it 1-0.

His second, which came in the 33rd minute, was a true striker's goal as he peeled away at the back post and positioned himself perfectly to tap in from a few yards out after the excellent, low cross from Joe Rothwell.

Wycombe simply couldn't handle Armstrong's movement up top, and it was a fabulous run in behind the opposition defence which allowed him to pass into the bottom corner with his left foot, showing brilliant composure to do so.

He wasn't simply a finisher, either, as he set up one Big Chance that was spurned, while he completed an impressive 24/27 passes.

Viktor Claesson
W, AM (L) - Krasnodar - 28 yrs
Sep 18, 2020
76Minutes played
4Total shots
13Final third passes
6Touches in box
27Passes completed

Viktor Claesson put in one of the most impressive performances in all of Europe this week as he contributed to four of the goals as Krasnodar defeated Khimki 7-2.

He scored two himself and then set up another two.

After initially failing to earn a penalty, for his first goal he quickly popped up off the floor to latch on to a pass from a team-mate inside the box to rattle a finish under the goalkeeper, while for his second he placed himself in a dangerous area just outside the six-yard box to score.

Arguably the two assists were more impressive.

For Remy Cabella to score the fifth, he expertly flicked the ball into the path of the Frenchman to guide a lovely finish home into the left corner.

The second assist was a flick, too, but it somehow outshone the previous one as he dug the ball out with a bouncing touch of the heel through to team-mate, Daniil Utkin.

Claesson was deployed as a left winger but could regularly be found hanging in the centre-forward position in dangerous areas, which makes it even more impressive that he misplaced just three out of 27 attempted passes in the game.

His performance earned him a perfect 10 FC Rating.

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