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Pundit Arena’s Champions League Team Of The Week

With the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first legs over and done with and the five English sides all in with a good shout of making it to the quarter-finals, we’ve outlined our Team of the Week from the past few days’ action.

Chelsea and Manchester United both played out draws over La Liga sides while Shakhtar Donetsk got the better of Roma and Bayern hammered Besiktas.

GK:

David De Gea – Manchester United

The Spaniard was in scintillating form keeping a clean sheet against Sevilla and is the main reason why Manchester United are still clinging on to hope in the tournament.

A string of world-class saves will do no harm in even further enhancing his reputation.

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DEF:

Victor Moses – Chelsea

A brilliant showing from the Nigerian in defence as he kept the Barcelona forwards at bay, making vital interceptions and battling for every ball to keep the Catalans out.

One of his best defensive performances to date.

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Mats Hummels – Bayern Munich

A commanding display in an easy 5-0 victory, Hummels was at the heart of everything and could well have had a goal of his own.

More than played his part as Bayern effectively secured their quarter-final spot.

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Antonio Rüdiger – Chelsea

Strong in the air, tough in the tackle, timely interceptions and raw strength all contributed to his best showing in a Chelsea shirt.

He also kept one of Europe’s best attacks silent for an evening, which is no mean feat. A commanding display.

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Sergio Escudero – Sevilla

A constant threat going forward, linking up well in attack as well as stemming the occasional threat from Manchester United’s attacks, Escudero was always probing and looking to make things happen.

He was one of the star performers for Vincenzo Montella’s side.

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MID:

Sergio Busquets – Barcelona

Always on the ball, over 100 passes and barely any misplaced – it was a performance which showed just why he is regarded by many as the best defensive midfielder around.

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N’Golo Kante – Chelsea

Like Busquets, Kante did everything for his own side in midfield – breaking up play, setting them on the front foot and linking up well in attack.

An industrious display which was pivotal in keeping the opposition at bay.

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Fred – Shakhtar Donetsk

Coming from a goal behind to win, Fred was tenacious in midfield and contributed well at both ends, before whipping in an excellent free kick into the top corner that handed Shakhtar the advantage.

A player well worth keeping tabs on.

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ATT:

Willian – Chelsea

The stand-out performer of the week, it was a dazzling display by Willian – two first-half strikes against the upright were a sign of things to come as he gave Chelsea the lead, and in truth, looked like scoring every time he found the ball.

Barcelona could not handle the Brazilian and are in big trouble if he maintains his current levels of form.

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Robert Lewandowski – Bayern Munich

A born goalscorer. While his strikes were far from fantastic, they were crucial.

Given the opportunity, you can always back the Polish international to find the net – and he is the main reason why Bayern have entered the debate as potential champions in the tournament.

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Thomas Muller – Bayern Munich

Two goals and an assist for the German shows just how much freedom he enjoyed against Besiktas, finding his best form at just the right time for Jupp Heynckes’ side.

Impossible to mark, his accuracy both in front of goal and in supply are at times second to none.

Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena

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Author: Jordan Norris

Mostly covering football and GAA - Jordan is currently studying a BA English in UCC, and can be contacted through [email protected] .