There’s a La Liga feel to the attack in WhoScored.com’s team of the week, with Giovani dos Santos and David Villa leading the line.
Dos Santos was influential in Villarreal’s 4-1 win over Valencia on Sunday, helping himself to two goals and one assist in the victory. Executing three key passes and completing two successful dribbles showed just how torrid a time the Mexican gave the Valencia defence.
Villa’s brace and assist in the 5-0 rout over Real Betis sees him join dos Santos in the attack. The Spaniard boasted a 100 percent shot accuracy in the win, and his two key passes aided in the fluidity of the Atletico attack and allowed Los Rojiblancos to run riot at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.
Such were the performances of the pairing that Luis Suarez, despite the Liverpool striker netting a hat-trick and also scoring a perfect 10, could not find a place in the lineup.
Continuing the Primera Division influence in the team, Alex Lopez starred during Celta Vigo’s surprise win over Malaga at the weekend, with the midfielder securing a 9.3 following his performance. Like dos Santos and Villa, Lopez netted twice and grabbed an assist in the victory.
The final Spain-based player is Real Sociedad’s Jose Angel following his 10.0-rated display in the 3-0 win over Almeria. One goal and an assist contributed significantly to this, while the left-back also made nine clearances, two tackles and two interceptions in the victory.
Behind La Liga’s four players, the Bundesliga boasts three performers this week, led by Roberto Firmino. The winger secured a 10.0 with a brace in Hoffenheim’s 4-0 win over Hannover 96, not to mention his five successful dribbles in the victory.
Diego is the other Germany-based midfielder in the team following his 9.3 in Wolfsburg’s weekend win. The Brazilian was instrumental in the victory with 12 successful dribbles and three tackles during his 90-minute performance.
At right-back is Hoffenheim’s Andreas Beck, who secured an 8.7 as a result of his one assist, two key passes and four tackles in a resolute defensive display.
Making up the defence is Shkodran Mustafi (9.4) and Sebastian Squillaci (9.1) after the centre-back pairing contributed significantly to Sampdoria and Bastia, respectively, keeping clean sheets at the weekend.
Squillaci, in fact, netted the only goal in the 1-0 win over Nice and went on to win six aerial duels in the encounter, not to mention his four interceptions and nine clearances. It was a similar story for Mustafi, who scored the winner in Sampdoria’s 1-0 victory against Atalanta. With five aerial duels won, four tackles and eight interceptions, his defensive capabilities were highlighted in the encounter.
The other Serie A player in the squad is Marco Parolo, who was influential in Parma’s 3-2 win over Milan. The midfielder netted a brace, including a late winner, and made two interceptions in the encounter.
The only Premier League representative is Cardiff City’s David Marshall, who kept a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw with Norwich, making 10 saves in the process and picking up a rating of 9.4.
All statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com, where you can find yet more stats, including live in-game data and unique player and team ratings.