European Team of the Week: Gareth Bale and Arjen Robben Prove to Be Wing Wonders

WhoScoredFeatured ColumnistDecember 3, 2013

Gareth Bale was imperious for Real Madrid
Gareth Bale was imperious for Real MadridDenis Doyle/Getty Images

Arjen Robben bagged a brace in Bayern Munich’s comprehensive dispatching of Bundesliga footers Braunschweig on Saturday as the defending champions secured a 2-0 win.

Coupled with his three key passes and six successful dribbles, the Dutchman ended the week as’s highest-rated player in Europe’s top five leagues.

On the opposite flank is Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale. The Welshman netted a perfect hat-trick in Real’s 4-0 win over Valladolid while capping off a match-winning performance with an assist for Karim Benzema’s first-half goal.

Borja Valero and Mohamed Diame make up the midfield following their excellent displays with Fiorentina and West Ham United, respectively.

Borja netted twice in Fiorentina’s 4-3 win over Verona, while executing more successful final-third passes (55) than any other player in a Serie A encounter this season. Diame opened the scoring for the Hammers in their 3-0 victory against Fulham on Saturday, as well as making six tackles and playing four key passes in an impressive all-round midfield display.

Leading the attack, first up is Valencia’s Jonas following his hat-trick at the weekend as Los Che looked to build on their poor start to the season. Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain partners him after his brace on Monday night as the Partenopei opened a four-point gap between themselves and fourth-placed Inter in Serie A.

Loic Perrin was the highest-rated defender from the weekend, as the Frenchman won two headers in Saint-Etienne’s 4-0 win over Reims, highlighting his strength of "aerial duels." He is partnered by West Ham’s James Tomkins, following the Englishman’s performance that helped the Hammers attain a clean sheet against Fulham.

 The 24-year-old was part of a back line that saw the Cottagers have no shots on target, and he went on to win 14 aerial duels and make 21 clearances in a fine display at Upton Park. Highly rated Ricardo Rodriguez is at left-back following his man of the match performance in Wolfsburg’s 1-1 draw with Hamburg, where the Switzerland international netted his side’s only goal.

Rodriguez also completed 12 successful dribbles and made seven tackles to exhibit both his offensive and defensive ability. Hiroki Sakai makes up the defence following his notable display in Hannover’s 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt. The 23-year-old made four tackles, three interceptions and 10 clearances as Hannover kept their second clean sheet in three games.

Mattia Perin completes’s XI following Genoa’s 1-1 draw with Torino. The young goalkeeper made nine saves in the stalemate to ensure I Rossoblu ended November unbeaten and seventh in Serie A.


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