European Team of the Week: Suarez and Tevez Take Centre Stage

WhoScored@@WhoScoredFeatured ColumnistDecember 17, 2013

For the second time running, Luis Suarez is WhoScored.com’s European player of the week after he led Liverpool to a 5-0 drubbing of Tottenham Hotspur, netting two and assisting a further two goals in a rout that ultimately cost Andre Villas-Boas his job.

Carlos Tevez joins him in attack following his hat-trick in Juventus’ 4-0 victory against Sassuolo, where the Argentine also assisted Federico Peluso’s goal in the win.

Having netted a brace in Manchester City’s entertaining 6-3 win over Arsenal, Fernandinho is in the centre of midfield following his performance on Saturday, where he also made five tackles and completed three dribbles. He’s partnered by Thiago in the middle of the park, with the Spaniard having executed four key passes while registering an assist in the defeat of Hamburg.

An assist in Valladolid’s 3-0 dispatching of Celta Vigo sees Patrick Ebert on the right wing, where the wide man made four tackles and four interceptions, as well as executing three key passes. On the opposite flank, Alberto Moreno completes the midfield following his goal against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday, coupled with his eight interceptions and two successful dribbles.

Behind Moreno on the left is Wolfsburg’s Ricardo Rodriguez as a result of his goal at the weekend, a set piece that accentuated his WhoScored.com strength of "direct free kicks." Tim Hoogland comes in at right-back after only his second Bundesliga start of the season, with the 28-year-old making seven tackles, seven clearances and six interceptions for Schalke.

Despite being part of a defence that shipped three goals, Marcelo impressed for Hannover to make 11 interceptions and 11 clearances to help secure a point for his side in the entertaining draw with Nurnberg.

Mathieu Bodmer makes up the defence, having provided the assist in Nice’s 1-0 win over Sochaux. The experienced centre-back played a crucial role in the victory, winning seven aerial duels, while making four interceptions and three tackles to keep the clean sheet.

In goal, Rafael makes an appearance having kept a clean sheet in Verona’s 0-0 draw with Catania, where the 31-year-old made six saves in the stalemate. The Brazilian also played nine accurate long balls, more than any other player on the pitch, to secure his place in the XI.

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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