Match day 5 of the UEFA Champions League saw some great performances, Chelsea demolishing Schalke away 5-0, Barcelona beating APOEL 4-0 and Manchester City getting a last gasp winner against Munich were the standout games from the two nights of football.

We also saw 3 hat tricks in the competition and saw an Argentine, a legend break the all-time UEFA Champions League scoring record.

Here is the UEFA Champions League team of the week for match day 5.

GK: Robin Olsen, Malmo

Malmo might not have won against a strong Juventus side but had it not been for their goalkeeper, the winning margin for the Italian Champions would have been much bigger. Olsen made some terrific saves for the Swedish club and gave them a fighting chance to stay in the game.

DEF: Dani Alves, Barcelona

The Brazilian seems to be on his way out from Barcelona, amid a few rumours being spread about his future lying elsewhere, he has also faced quite a lot of criticism in the season for not being at his best but last night he showed he good he can be by providing Messi with an assist during the game and was a threat all night long on the right flank for Barcelona.

DEF: Mikel San Jose, Athletic Bilbao

The Spanish team might be knocked out from the Champions League for this season but at least they got their first win of the group stage thanks to a goal from the former Liverpool man. The solitary goal in the game might help Athletic continue their quest for European glory in the Europa league.

DEF: Chancel Mbemba, Anderlecht

A player who you might not have heard of earlier but the defender was immense for his side against Galatasaray, he scored both goals for Anderlecht to help beat the Galatasaray and provide relief to the Belgians in a group containing Arsenal and Dortmund.

DEF: Cristian Ansaldi, Atletico Madrid

Another name not known to many, the 28 year old was a beast on the left flank and won all his aerial duels in the game for Atletico. He also assisted Mario Mandzukic for his first goal in the 38th minute.

MID: Willian, Chelsea

The Brazilian was on form for Chelsea in their demolition of Schalke; Willian scored one and also assisted Didier Drogba to score. Overall, he was the best player for the club from London against the German outfit.

MID: Hector Herrera, Porto

Herrera scored an absolutely brilliant goal against BATE Borisov which got the team for Portugal running, after opening the scoring in the 56th minute, he also helped Jackson Martinez score the second goal. He then got his second assist of the night in the 89th minute to round off a brilliant night for Porto.

FWD: Mario Mandzukic, Atletico Madrid

The lanky striker became just one of the three players to score a hat trick for their respective clubs in this game week. Mandzukic scored 3 goals for Atletico Madrid and helped them to a 4-0 win in their penultimate group game.

FWD: Sergio Aguero, Manchester City

The Argentine scored a crucial hat trick for the Manchester team to defeat Bayern Munich and keep their hopes alive for qualification to the next round, his third goal and game winning goal came in the 90th minute to give City a very important win.

FWD: Lionel Messi, Barcelona

You can’t keep Messi out from the team of the week when he scores, let alone when he scores a hat trick to break Raul’s all time UEFA Champions League scoring record of 71 goals; he now has 74 goals at the age of 27. All his goals were scored from his right foot, which is his weaker foot, apparently.


Picture courtesy: BBC Sport, The Guardian, Daily Mail & UEFA

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