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Declan Rice has a chance to prove his Champions League quality

Declan Rice has a chance to show everyone he has UEFA Champions League quality this weekend. The West Ham United midfielder shone brightly in midweek.

Declan Rice was the star of the show as West Ham United kicked off their Europa League campaign on Thursday. The highlight, of course, was a sensational goal for the Hammers’ second.

Rice won the ball just inside Dinamo Zagreb’s half and just powered his way towards goal. Once in the box, he slid it under the goalkeeper to essentially seal the win.

But that goal was only one part of it. Rice also won two tackles, made two interceptions and, impressively, completed 53 of 54 passes. It was the perfect European away display and one that should worry Europa League opponents.

Now, though, comes another huge test and it’s one that will prove whether Declan Rice has Champions League quality.

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Is Declan Rice a Champions League player?

There’s a bigger difference between playing European football and focusing solely on domestic football than is perhaps stated. There’s more pressure, far less preparation time, and it’s easy to burn out.

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What’s clear about Rice, though, is that he has the ability to shine at the highest European level. He’s simply brilliant and could quickly become one of the world’s best holding midfielders.

He recently had UEFA themselves picking him out for Euro 2020 displays.

But can he do it every few days? That’s the big question and we’ll get something of an answer this weekend. Rice and West Ham face Manchester United on Sunday and the £60k-a-week star will certainly start.

If he does shine again – just days after his brilliant Dimano display – it will be pretty clear that Rice ticks every box as an elite player. The 22-year-old already looks like a potential world-beater – this would just confirm he can do it all.

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