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European Team of the Week: Vela and Navas the Stars of the Show

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WhoScoredFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2013

Former Arsenal man Carlos Vela leads the attack in WhoScored.com’s European Team of the Week this week after netting all of Real Sociedad’s goals in a 4-3 win over Celta Vigo. The Mexican earned his 10 as a result of his four-goal haul—from five shots on target—and executing three key passes in the victory.

Eintracht Frankfurt’s Joselu partners him up front after the Spaniard gained a 9.6 for his display in the 3-3 draw with Schalke. The striker netted a brace over the 90 minutes, while winning eight aerial duels and executing one key pass.

On the left-wing, Szabolcs Huszti may have been on the losing side in Hannover’s 3-1 defeat to Hamburg, but the Hungarian netted his team’s only goal, while executing two key passes and completing six successful dribbles, as he ended the game with a rating of 8.9.

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A trio of 10s make up the remainder of the midfield, starting with Jesus Navas on the opposite flank. The Spaniard capitalised on some lacklustre Tottenham defending to open his Manchester City account after 14 seconds in the 6-0 win, before adding a second late on and providing the assist for Sergio Aguero’s first in the rout.

Isco also deserved the plaudits for his role in Real Madrid’s 5-0 thumping of Almeria, with the creative lynchpin executing nine key passes in the encounter, the most in a single Liga match this season. The 21-year-old also netted once and helped himself to an assist in the victory.

Eljero Elia completes the midfield after excelling at the weekend, regardless of Werder Bremen’s 3-2 reverse at the hands of Mainz 05. The Dutchman netted his side’s opener before assisting for Franco Di Santo late on, not to mention his six successful dribbles and seven tackles in an impressive all-round display.

The experienced Jonathan Zebina was the top defender with a 9.1 rating, despite Toulouse’s 1-0 defeat to Lille. The Frenchman won eight aerial duels in the loss, while making an astonishing 11 interceptions and nine clearances.

Bruno Ecuele Manga partners Zebina following his clean-sheet attaining performance in Lorient’s 4-0 win over Evian, during which he won 11 aerial duels and made 12 clearances, securing a rating of 8.7 in the process.

Heiko Westermann was the best right-back at the weekend, securing an 8.6 after his assist in Hamburg’s 3-1 win over Hannover. The German also made six tackles and eight clearances to help HSV to their fourth league victory of the season.

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Left-back Gabriel Silva was essential in Udinese’s 1-0 win over Fiorentina, making four tackles and four interceptions. He also played three key passes as he provided an attacking threat from deep that saw him secure an 8.5.

In goal, Mattia Perin was essential in seeing Genoa come away from the San Siro with a point following the 1-1 draw with Milan. The young Italian denied Mario Balotelli from the penalty spot, while making nine saves overall to heap further misery on Massimiliano Allegri’s side in a 10-out-of-10 performance.

 

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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