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UEFA Champions League Team of the Week: Barcelona start steal the show

The Champions League is the most elite competition in Europe and has always produced some mouth watering matches and outstanding performances. The level of intensity is usually high as the top clubs from domestic leagues fight for the ultimate prize. This week’s Champions League matches have not failed to impress and have produced some brilliant individual performances.

In this article, we will take a look at the Team of the Week from the two match days of the Champions League

GK: 

Petr Cech (Arsenal)

The new summer signing looked assured and solid in between the posts as he made some crucial saves that allowed Arsenal to pick all three points and maintain a clean sheet against the Bundesliga Giants.

Defense:

Jordi Alba (Barcelona)

As assured as a wing back can be, Alba helped Barcelona hold possession on the day and completed a passing percentage of 90%. He was sound defensively as he never even gave the away team a foul on his flank.

Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)

FC Astana had a hard time in Spain as they were thumped 4-0 by Atletico Madrid. Godin who sat in front of the goal dealt with almost every ball into the box with comfort and allowed Atleti to maintain a stranglehold on the visitors.

Thiago Silva (PSG)

With 7 clearances and 5 blocks, Thiago Silva helped PSG hold Real Madrid to a goal less game for the first time in 41 league games. The Brazilian was at the heart of a gritty defense that never let Ronaldo and company dictate terms.

Dani Alves (Barcelona)

The other wing back for Barcelona was also impressive during his display against Bate. He was smart in his movements as he rarely allowed the opposition wingers to put a ball into the box. He also gave plenty of support up front in attack.

Mid-field:

Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona)

Rakitic was on the bench at the start of the game but came in after just 18 minutes replacing Sergio Roberto who picked up an injury. The Croat scored twice in the second half and controlled the tempo of the game helping Barca achieve a possession of 74%.

Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid)

Niguez was the main plug in the Atleti mid-field as he was commanding on the ball and smart with his passing. He had 124 touches in the game and 3 shots on target as he scored the opener for Atleti in a complete performance.

Miralem Pjanic (Roma)

Yet another free-kick, yet another goal for Pjanic as he gave a 2-0 lead to Roma with a beautiful curler from a dead ball. He was handy throughout the game as he troubled the Leverkusen players for most of the game.

Kevin de Bryune (Manchester City)

de Bryne has taken no time to settle in his new club and has already given the club plenty to cheer about. His subtle movements in the final third give him plenty of space and his late goal gave City all three points against Sevilla at the Etihad.

Attack:

Neymar (Barcelona)

The Brazillian star was at the helm of everything good happening for Barcelona on the day. With Messi un-available for at least 7 weeks, he will have to keep up the good work. He set up both the goals for Rakitic on the day and was one of the brightest stars in the game.

Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen)

Hernandez has had a stuttering career at the Old Trafford but he has been in great form for Leverkusen. He was intelligent in his movement dragging the Roma defenders and giving space to his team mates. His two goals helped the German outfit come back from 4-2 to take a valuable point from the game.

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