European Team of the Week: Leighton Baines Returns, Domenico Berardi Is the Star

WhoScored@@WhoScoredFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2014


Following his four-goal haul in Sassuolo's 4-3 win over Milan, Domenico Berardi is's player of the week.

The young Italian put the Rossoneri back line to the sword, while his seven shots on target are the most in a Serie A game this season. The 19-year-old's quartet of strikes means he's the third player in Europe's top five leagues to score four goals in a match this season, along with Carlos Vela and Luis Suárez, and deservedly takes his place on the right wing.

On the opposite flank, Giacomo Bonaventura impressed for Atalanta in their 2-1 win over Catania. The 24-year-old grabbed an assist but was pivotal to the attack for the hosts, with 51 percent of their offensive moves coming down the left. Moreover, with opposing right-back Davide Brivio pushing so high up the pitch, Bonaventura was required defensively too, making six tackles and five interceptions in the victory.

Mark Noble played a crucial role in West Ham attaining three points at the expense of Cardiff, with the midfielder netting late in the win. The 26-year-old was pivotal to their defensive solidity, making four tackles, four interceptions and four clearances as the Hammers held on to keep a clean sheet.


Fran Rico partners Noble in the middle of the park following his performance in Granada's 4-0 win over Valladolid, where he helped himself to an assist. The Spaniard made a notable six tackles as Granada secured their first win in four in all competitions.

Leading the attack is Villarreal pairing Giovani Dos Santos and Ikechukwu Uche as the Yellow Submarines romped to a 5-1 win over Real Sociedad on Monday night. The pairing both bagged braces in the victory, while Dos Santos registered two assists in the encounter as Villarreal made it 10 wins from 19 this term.

Christian Maggio picked up his first Man of the Match award of the season in Napoli's 3-0 win over Verona, where the Italian provided an assist and made five tackles and five clearances to help condemn Verona to only their second home-league defeat of the season.

Leighton Baines turned out a noteworthy display for Everton on Saturday, and his input was crucial in the win over Norwich, with 50 percent of the Toffees' attacks coming down his left flank.

The England international may not have scored or assisted in the encounter, but he completed more dribbles than any other player (four) to aid Everton in the final third. Moreover, with 45 percent of Norwich's attacks coming from the right, Baines was worked defensively but dealt with the threat comfortably, making four tackles, two interceptions and five clearances.

Jeison Murillo impressed for Granada before his second-half withdrawal, where the Colombian netted the opener against Valladolid. During his time on the pitch, Murillo executed a commendable six accurate long balls and made three interceptions to help limit the Valladolid attack to one shot on target.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Leighton Baines of Everton takes a throw in during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Norwich City at Goodison Park on January 11, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Daniele Gastaldello partners him at centre-back after the 30-year-old netted for Sampdoria in their 3-0 win over Udinese. The Italian's 11 clearances ensured a clean sheet was secured, as the visitors were limited to only four shots on goal in the game.

David Ospina completes the XI following his impact in Nice's 0-0 draw with Rennes. While the goalkeeper was forced into only four saves in the stalemate, one of those was to deny Foued Kadir from the penalty spot in the first half, as Nice continued their three-match unbeaten run in Ligue 1.

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