English Premier League Team of the Week

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterDecember 23, 2012

English Premier League Team of the Week

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    This week's English Premier League action was eye-opening for most.

    As you will probably guess, this team is influenced heavily by the 8-0 trouncing Chelsea recorded, but in an effort to keep it from simply being Rafa Benitez's starting XI, we've limited the Blues' representatives to just five.

    Read on for more details!

GK: Brad Guzan

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    Hold on a minute—how does the goalkeeper that conceded eight goals make the EPL Team of the Week?

    Because if it weren't for Brad Guzan's heroics, Aston Villa could have lost 20-0 on Sunday.

    He pulled off some unbelievable saves from point-blank range and even spoiled Lucas Piazon's debut party by saving his penalty.

RB: Cesar Azpilicueta

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    I was beginning to get worried that Cesar Azpilicueta would not be given the chance to shine at Chelsea, but over the past 30 days he's proven what a talent he is.

    He was at it again on Sunday, teaming up with Victor Moses to terrorise Aston Villa's left side in their thumping 8-0 victory.

    His beautiful cross was nodded home by Fernando Torres to start the rout.

CB: Carlos Cuellar

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    Sunderland secured a vital win down in Southampton, with pundits and commentators alike quick to praise Carlos Cuellar's resilience in the Black Cats' defence.

    He made several crucial interceptions to help his team record a clean sheet against Gaston Ramirez and Co., lifting Martin O'Neill's men slightly further away from the relegation zone.

CB: Branislav Ivanovic

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    Branislav Ivanovic was dealt one of most unenviable tasks of all this weekend—mark Christian Benteke.

    He and Gary Cahill combined to nullify the Belgian's threat very effectively, recording a rare clean sheet in the shutout against Aston Villa.

    He even managed to pop up at the other end and score a poacher's goal after Cahill's shot was palmed his way.

LB: Jan Vertonghen

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    Tottenham endured a frustrating afternoon at home to stubborn Stoke, but there were several positives to take from the 0-0 draw.

    Jan Vertonghen—back in the left-back slot in an effort to bulk up the average size of the team—put in an excellent showing and clearly enjoyed the return of Gareth Bale.

    He surged up and down, presented a constant outlet for his team and recorded a rare clean sheet for Andre Villas-Boas.

DM: Frank Lampard

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    Are Chelsea seriously thinking of letting Frank Lampard go?

    With David Luiz winning the midfield battle, Lamps was allowed the time and freedom to dictate the proceedings from the middle.

    His half-volleyed goal from 22 yards was sublime and he kept his side ticking in the final third superbly.

DM: David Luiz

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    Following on from his impressive audition in central midfield against Monterrey, David Luiz ripped Aston Villa to shreds in his first English Premier League appearance there.

    He single-handedly won the battle against three Villans and provided the link between defence and attack Chelsea need. His goal was absolutely ridiculous and proved what a strong character he really is.

Wing: Eden Hazard

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    After a blistering start to life in the English Premier League, Eden Hazard has positively cooled off.

    Any worries should be abated now, though, as the Belgian wizard ran riot on Chelsea's left flank against Aston Villa.

    His holding midfield duo controlled the game and were able to find him regularly, so he had ample opportunities to shine.

    The goal he bagged was ridiculous.

Wing: Stewart Downing

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    Stewart Downing makes the English Premier League Team of the Week two weeks in a row. Perhaps this is what the Mayans were referring to?

    Back in his regular role of winger, the former Aston Villa wide man put in an excellent performance to grab one goal and one assist.

    Where were you the day the Downing jokes died?

AMC: Steven Gerrard

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    Steven Gerrard bumped his alarming trend of shocking performances with an excellent one against Fulham this weekend.

    The Liverpool legend provided two assists for his teammates, but also got his own name on the score sheet too. He played largely from a deep-lying role with Jonjo Shelvey further forward, but we're popping him into the team slightly higher up to accommodate Chelsea's excellent holding duo.

ST: Luis Suarez

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    Luis Suarez was back to his best after a scoring slump on Saturday.

    The Uruguayan bagged the final goal of four against Fulham and it was a just reward for his efforts all game long.

    Even though the goal was late and technically unimportant at the stage of a comprehensive rout, it was important for Liverpool's only trusted striker to get back among the goals.