Who said international breaks were dull? Just when we thought "It's Coming Home" had been banished to the memory banks of last summer, Jesse Lingard and Harry Kane reminded us that the sport we all love could be returning to its spiritual home after all. Ok it may be in the form of the Nations League - a tournament format which many of us still can't make heads or tails of - but in what other competition could a team go from the prospect of relegation to winning the group in the space of 12 minutes? Wembley was rocking at full time as Baddiel and Skinner's cult hit echoed around the stadium and with players and fans applauding each other in unison, a rapport currently exists which has not been seen for many a year. The Nations League may have been considered wacky and absurd before a ball was kicked, but it has helped to revitalise the international game and dare I say, even taken away some of the attention from the FSM Superliga... Isn't it about time we played San Marino again?
Tikka Mo Salah
Manager: Richard Merritt
Gameweek Points: 53
Overall Points: 821
Whilst the tikka masala may have been recently dethroned by the korma as Britain's favourite curry, there's no question about the superiority of Tikka Mo Salah in the FSM Superliga. Richard's team have been title challengers for virtually the entire season and a solid if unspectacular total of 53 points in Gameweek 12, was enough to consolidate his huge lead at the top. Now if you're going to have a team named after you, it goes without saying that the captaincy will duly follow and Mo Salah repaid Richard's loyalty in spades with a goal against Fulham ensuring he was the standout performer. In the back four, the selection of Liverpool teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold proved an inspired choice as he set up Salah's opener and picked up yet another clean sheet. The England youngster can't seem to put a foot wrong at the moment and at only £5.1m he represents great value for money. Elsewhere, the ever reliable Marcus Alonso registered eight points as Chelsea blunted Everton's attack in their goalless draw, whilst Sergio Aguero's powerful strike from an acute angle in the Manchester Derby rounded off what was otherwise a low-key week for Tikka Mo Salah. Congratulations Richard, 'curry' on like this and 'naan' will be able to catch you!
PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK
Manager - Andre Sulistyo
Gameweek Points - 78
Overall Points - 615
One of football's oldest cliches is "you can't win the title in August, but you can certainly lose it". Unfortunately, it's a sentiment that will resonate with many of us as we think, "If only I had selected (insert random player name) from the first game then I would be top of the league!" However, this logic doesn't apply to the FSM Superliga; a league so competitive and unpredictable that you can never rule yourself out of the running - especially as we're only in November. One such manager who has adopted this belief is Andre, who saw his team Rawa Rontek acquire a staggering 78 points, in what was comfortably the performance of the week. If you're wondering what a Rawa Rontek is, well I'm afraid you've come to the wrong place but with more performances like this it will become a household name sooner rather than later. The team's success was primarily built at the back with all three defenders as well as Jordan Pickford earning clean sheets. As with Tikka Mo Salah, Marcus Alonso and Trent Alexander-Arnold featured again, but they were both outshone by Andrew Robertson who contributed 12 points to the cause. In midfield, Felipe Anderson and Ryan Fraser maintained their recent good form, whilst in attack there were double points for captain Sergio Aguero and also an assist from Harry Kane. Keep up the good work Andre!
On a side note, please join us at our Christmas Stall on Sunday 2nd December in Brick Lane. We look forward to seeing you!