FedEx Performance Zone: Giuliano forges on

Zenit’s Giuliano remains the man to beat at the top of the UEFA Europa League form rankings, with other rapid risers competing hard for attention in the FedEx Performance Zone.

1: Giuliano (Zenit)
A goal and an assist in Zenit’s 5-0 thrashing of AZ Alkmaar means Giuliano continues to set the pace though he was inclined to understate his contribution when he spoke to “This was a team performance,” the Brazilian attacking midfielder noted. “I am very happy that I am getting noticed personally, but I am more happy that we have won two games, have six points and that everything is good.”

2: Leon Bailey (Genk)
Tormentor of Sassuolo on matchday two, the 19-year-old Jamaican winger is turning heads across Europe with his goalscoring form: three in the UEFA Europa League and nine shots on target – which is four more than any other player in the group stage.

3: Beñat Etxebarria (Athletic)
The midfielder broke into the top three with a goal and an inspiring all-round showing in the 1-0 victory over Rapid Wien. He connected with 56 of his 67 passes, recovered three balls as part of his defensive work, and produced four crosses to climb 11 places.

Joãozinho (Krasnodar)Joãozinho celebrates once more©AFP/Getty Images

4: Joãozinho (Krasnodar)
Level with Bailey on three goals’ as this season’s group stage top scorer, the Brazilian winger dazzled in a 5-2 defeat of Nice. “I am delighted that I scored twice and helped my friend Ari to score,” he told “It was one of my best games for Krasnodar, but I don’t want to praise myself. Our fans saw a solid, cohesive team. Everyone fought well, and that is much more important than any personal achievements.”

17: Nikola Kalinić (Fiorentina)
The striker was the biggest mover of the night, rising 299 places with a goal and two assists in a 5-1 win against Qarabağ in Florence.

24: Francesco Totti (Roma)
Two days after his 40th birthday, the forward had a hand in three of his side’s four goals against Astra, and he told “We played well and won, which is what our coach and the fans want. In the first half, I joked with the physio that even at 25 I didn’t feel this good. It’s true. I’m physically fine and my legs took me through 90 minutes.”

Takayuki Seto (Astra)  Francesco Totti (Roma)Francesco Totti: still fabulous at 40©AFP/Getty Images

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