Merih Demiral is the UEFA Europa League Player of the Week. The Nerazzurri defender received the most votes on the UEFA website after the Round of 16 return legs. It was the fans to reward Demiral’s performance, as he was alert and accurate throughout the match against Bayer Leverkusen at the BayArena.
Although a draw was enough for the Nerazzurri to go through, Atalanta booked a spot in the quarter-finals by also winning the return leg by 1-0 (the scoreline in Bergamo was 3-2).
Merih Demiral delivered an astonishing performance with 5 tackles, 25 balls recovered and a 86% passing accuracy. Demiral prevailed over Pedri from Barcellona, Souček from West Ham and Abel Ruiz from Monaco to claim the UEFA Europa League Player of the Week award.