Premier League Team of the Week: Sturridge, Ramsey Mesmerise Once Again
Welcome to the latest edition of our Premier League Team of the Week, and believe us when we admit there were some seriously tough calls to make.
Norwich duo Leroy Fer and Alexander Tettey were brilliant but just missed out on account of some elite competition, and Brad Guzan is pipped to the post by a consistently spectacular Frenchman.
No Luis Suarez or Stephane Sessegnon either—talk about serious competition!
GK: Hugo Lloris, Tottenham Hotspur
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Another week, another masterclass display from Hugo Lloris in sweeping.
He didn't collect his customary clean sheet, but he came off his line early and often to dominate Chelsea's strike force and pulled off a stunning tipped save on Fernando Torres during a one vs. one.
He's been walking the tight rope recently with regard to handling outside the box, but there were no hints of that this week.
RB: Leandro Bacuna, Aston Villa
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Leandro Bacuna is the only Aston Villa player who can claim to have played well during his side's improbable 3-2 victory over Manchester City on Saturday.
Playing right-wing-back, he doggedly tracked Aleksandar Kolarov and Samir Nasri while contributing further forward—unlike his colleague Antonio Luna.
He picked up a sly assist for Karim El Ahmadi's goal then curled a beautiful free-kick into Joe Hart's net to level the game 2-2.
CB: Kolo Toure, Liverpool
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Liverpool were put under considerable pressure at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, and Kolo Toure stepped up to the challenge.
He led the team as they faced a mini-onslaught from Kevin Ball's side and remained impregnable—immovable in the face of danger.
Going forward he was the best of the Reds centre-backs, bringing the ball out and distributing very well.
CB: Curtis Davies, Hull City
Hull and East Riding
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Hull City were busy in defence as they subdued a West Ham side that is significantly stronger on paper.
Steve Bruce's charges were fancied by many for the drop in preseason but have proven themselves capable and stout both defensively and offensively.
Curtis Davies was key to the Tigers' keeping of a clean sheet on Saturday, putting in a real captain's performance complete with aerial domination and passion for the cause.
LB: Luke Shaw, Southampton
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Southampton kept yet another clean sheet, and you get the feeling they could have secured even more by now had Nathaniel Clyne been fit.
He and Luke Shaw provide a perfect full-back balance for the Saints, and it's the latter in particular that impressed us this weekend.
Don't understate the difference Dejan Lovren has made to this defensive line, either.
CM: Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal
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Aaron Ramsey, or "Rambo" as he's becoming increasingly known, is performing at a world-class level every single week.
He bagged the second, killer goal in the second half and provided some eye-popping statistics in his quest for midfield dominance: one assist, 80 percent pass completion and seven tackles completed.
He's the all-action type managers are desperate for, and he's doing a great job taking the pressure off Jack Wilshere at the Emirates Stadium.
CM: Mousa Dembele, Tottenham Hotspur
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Mousa Dembele was in monstrous form for Tottenham Hotspur against Chelsea on Saturday, putting in a wonderful shift in the battlegrounds of central midfield.
WhoScored? clocked him with eight successful dribbles, and when you watch the tape, he records many of them in succession as he blitzes the Blues' weak central-midfield options.
Frank Lampard and John Obi Mikel were steamrolled.
CM: Yaya Toure, Manchester City
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Yaya Toure has started the season on fire, and he was one of a number of Manchester City players who can honestly say they played superbly at Villa Park.
Physically dominant, he hemmed in Aston Villa single-handedly and stopped Fabian Delph from executing his usual weaving runs. He scored the opener from a corner and looked the most threatening of any Citizen in the final third.
That's four in four for the Ivorian beast.
Wing: Morgan Amalfitano, West Bromwich Albion
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Has Steve Clarke pulled off another masterstroke? On the evidence displayed this weekend, it very much seems so.
There are few players in world football who would keep their calm to the extent this Frenchman did while bearing down on goal at Old Trafford, and it wasn't just his chipped finish but his all-round game that gave Manchester United's defence a day to forget.
If this guy is consistent in his brilliance...
Wing: Serge Gnabry, Arsenal
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The injury to Theo Walcott has opened the door for Serge Gnabry to come in and impress.
He's taken that chance seriously, and off the back of 120 minutes at West Bromwich Albion in the Capital One Cup, he started at the Liberty Stadium and bagged the opening goal.
It's all lining up for the young German to seize this opportunity and make it tough for Walcott to re-enter the starting XI.
ST: Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool
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It was a straight shot between Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez, and we've opted for for the former here.
While Suarez displayed a little rustiness still, Sturridge secured one goal and two assists—all at critical times. His opener came when Sunderland were on top, and the fantastic work done for each of his colleagues' goals was stunning to watch.
Sturridge is back!