La Liga All-September Team

Michael CernaCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2012

La Liga All-September Team

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    We are now in October, and La Liga has given us plenty of surprises.

    Just looking at the standings and the race for the Pichichi will shock more than a few fans.

    The month of September gave us plenty of upsets, comebacks and big performances.

    Looking back, there are certain players who stood out above the rest due to consistent play and solid performances throughout the month.

    We saw the best performers from the month of August, but how many will make a second appearance this time?

    Read on to see La LIga's best starting XI from September.

Andres Palop: Keeper

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    Team: Sevilla

    Poor Diego Lopez. In Sevilla's last match in August, their newly signed keeper was given a red card against Granada about 10 minutes before halftime.

    He might not play again this season if Andres Palop keeps playing like this.

    The 38-year-old kept three clean sheets last month and limited Barcelona to one goal before losing his defensive midfielder to a controversial red card.

    Who knew Los Rojiblancos would have a keeper dilemma on hand?

Cicinho: Right-Back

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    Team: Sevilla

    I doubt many people expected Cicinho to be the best right-back in La Liga, but the Brazilian has been just that since coming to Andalusia last summer.

    He kept Cristiano Ronaldo quiet for 90 minutes and even earned a few cheers for embarrassing him a bit in attack.

    Only Barcelona have been able to slow him down and that was only after holding the ball 71 percent of the time.

    Cicinho might be the best signing of the season in Spain.

Martin Demichelis: Center-Back

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    Team: Malaga

    The Argentinian has helped Los Boquerones become the best and most stout defense in the league after two months.

    He helped Malaga keep three clean sheets in September and allowed just a single goal the entire month.

    Even if we include European matches, Demichelis' defense has let just two goals through all season.

Emir Spahic: Center-Back

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    Team: Sevilla

    What a month for the 32-year-old. Three clean sheets, countless blocks and interceptions, rarely a wrong move made.

    He was almost perfect against Real Madrid and might have saved the game with a tackle that dispossessed Ronaldo as the last man.

    Spahic has helped turn Sevilla into the second-stingiest defense in Spain and has been one of the best defenders in the league.

Nacho Monreal: Left-Back

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    Team: Malaga

    Markel Susaeta, Agra, Beñat, Andoni Iraola. The list of great players Malaga's full-back has beaten continues to grow.

    The 26-year-old is making it hard for Vicente del Bosque to justify choosing Jordi Alba ahead of him as he continues to be far better defensively and almost as great going forward.

    Maybe Atletico Madrid will make Monreal look more human this weekend.

Xabi Alonso: Defensive Midfielder

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    Team: Real Madrid

    Almost the entire Madrid squad is finally starting to get back on form, but Alonso has been solid almost all season.

    In September, the midfielder was the best and most consistent player under Jose Mourinho.

    He put in man-of-the-match performances against Rayo Vallecano and Granada and didn't have a bad match all month.

    If the rest of the team could get on his level, Real Madrid could go on another unbeaten tear like last season.

Mario Suarez: Defensive Midfielder

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    Team: Atletico Madrid

    The 25-year-old looked elite in September and has shown that he will be key to Los Colchoneros' title chase this season.

    Last month he added a nice attacking aspect to his game after scoring against Rayo and earning an assist and Betis.

    Suarez probably saved a point for his team against Espanyol on two different occasions and cut off countless attacks single-handedly.

Arda Turan: Midfielder

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    Team: Atletico Madrid

    Falcao understandably gets all the praise, but Turan is every bit as key to Atletico's success as the Colombian.

    The Turkish midfielder has been as good as any midfielder in Spain this season and will play a key role in taking Los Colchoneros to the Champions League next season.

Cristiano Ronaldo: Forward

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    Team: Real Madrid

    CR7 had a terrible first few games, but got back on track in September by scoring six goals in four league games.

    He had one dud against Sevilla and really didn't have a great game in Vallecas, but he still managed to get on the scoreboard.

    If Ronaldo has scored this much without even playing his best football, how great will he be when he reaches top form?

Iago Aspas: Forward

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    Team: Celta Vigo

    It now seems clear that Celta will only go as far as Aspas will take them.

    We knew he was a candidate for breakout player of the year, but the 25-year-old has been one of the most exciting players to watch in the entire league.

    Aspas put in four superb performances last month and probably deserved more points than the six his Galician club earned.

Lionel Messi: Forward

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    Team: Barcelona

    The Argentinian co-leads La Liga in assists and trails Falcao by one goal in the Pichichi race.

    When getting two goals and three assists in one month is seen as slightly disappointing, it says a lot about the unbelievably high expectations Messi has built for himself.

Bench

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    K: Willy Caballero (Malaga)

    Maybe that fabulous first month was no accident after all. Only one goal allowed in September.

     

    LB: Marcelo (Real Madrid)

    The left-back got worked by Jesus Navas, but was solid in his other three matches last month.

     

    CB: Geromel (Mallorca)

    Has been the biggest reason for Los Bermellones' incredible start and deserves a bit more praise.

     

    M: Abel Aguilar (Deportivo)

    If he hadn't gotten abused so much by Real Madrid, the 27-year-old would have made his second appearance on this list.

     

    M: Camacho (Malaga)

    Was Malaga's key player in September and will now have to step up even more in Jeremy Toulalan's absence.

     

    M: Xavi (Barcelona)

    Saved La Blaugrana off the bench against Granada but, perhaps more importantly, has looked as healthy as ever.

     

    S: Falcao (Atletico Madrid)

    Didn't even play three full matches, but still managed to score four goals. Leads the Pichichi race heading into October.

Starting XI

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    Please leave your comments below to let us know who you think should have made this list.

    Which players impressed you enough in September to earn a spot on the month's best starting XI?