European Team of the Week: Sizzling Gareth Bale and Lewandowski Make Their Marks

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European Team of the Week: Sizzling Gareth Bale and Lewandowski Make Their Marks
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Gareth Bale makes it in this week

Robert Lewandowski leads the way in WhoScored.com’s European team of the week following his match-winning performance over the weekend.

The powerful Pole put the VfB Stuttgart defence to the sword on Friday evening as Borussia Dortmund romped to a 6-1 victory. The striker netted a hat-trick and provided a further assist in the win, earning his rating of 10.

Partnering him in the attack is Valenciennes frontman Gregory Pujol following his display against Ajaccio. The Frenchman had a hand in all three goals in Valenciennes' 3-1 win, scoring two and assisting Mathieu Dossevi on his strike. Winning nine aerial duels also significantly contributed to his 10-out-of-10 performance.

Providing the width from the right wing is Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale. The most expensive player in the world played twice in the week and netted a total of two goals while garnering four assists against Sevilla and Rayo Vallecano, meaning he ended the week with an average rating of nine for both games.

On the opposite flank is Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery following his display in a weekend win over Hoffenheim. The Bundesliga entertainers defended resolutely, but the Frenchman’s two assists, six key passes and nine successful dribbles ensured that Pep Guardiola’s side came away from Rhein-Neckar Arena with all three points.

In the middle of the park are Luiz Gustavo and Yaya Toure of Wolfsburg and Manchester City, respectively. Gustavo saw his rating reach 9.3 in Wolfsburg's 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, having made 10 tackles, five interceptions and five clearances. Toure netted in the 7-0 drubbing of Norwich City on Saturday, not to mention his two key passes in the win while also completing 93 percent of his 118 attempted passes as he pulled the strings in midfield.

At centre-back, Marko Basa was pivotal in Lille’s 2-0 win over Monaco, aiding in seeing their Ligue 1 clean sheet run stretch to seven games. Basa picked up an assist in the encounter, not to mention his defensive solidity that saw him make four interceptions and 19 clearances.

Marco Torsiglieri, of Almeria, ensured his side picked up three points at the expense of Valladolid. He made two tackles, eight interceptions and 12 clearances to be awarded an 8.2 in the 1-0 victory.

Flanking the duo are Barcelona’s Dani Alves and Manchester City’s Gael Clichy. Alves capitalised on a double-gameweek for Barca, making 10 total tackles in a 3-0 win over Celta Vigo and a subsequent 1-0 victory against Espanyol. The Brazilian also made six accurate crosses to provide the attacking threat from deep in both games.

Clichy impressed against Norwich as well, winning six aerial duels, making six interceptions and playing five accurate long balls.

In goal, Oliver Baumann exorcised his demons from the previous week to turn in a man-of-the-match performance against Nurnberg. The goalkeeper scored a 3.2 last week, but saw his rating soar to 9.9, having kept a clean sheet in the 3-0 win while making 12 saves to ensure Freiburg secured all three points.

All statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com, where you can find yet more stats, including live in-game data and unique player and team ratings.

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