European Team of the Week: Leo Messi Is the Main Man, Pjanic Shines Again

WhoScoredFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2014

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, from Argentina, holds the ball against Rayo Vallecano during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Lionel Messi is's player of the week this time, following his performance in Barcelona's 6-0 win over Rayo Vallecano.

The Argentine netted a brace and grabbed an assist as the Catalan side warmed up for their Champions League tie with Manchester City in style.

Robert Lewandowski partners Messi for a second successive week after the Pole netted from the spot, executed four key passes and won four aerial duels as he impressively led the Dortmund attack against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang takes his place on the right wing after the Gabon international put the Eintracht back line to the sword, netting two early on, while he also had an input defensively—making five tackles in the 4-0 win.

In his first Parma start, Cristian Molinaro highlighted why he's deserving of a regular first-team spot for his new club. The Italian scored the opener in his side's 4-0 win, and with 49 percent of the team's attacks coming down the left flank, he was their primary offensive outlet to help bolster Parma's European hopes.

Serie A counterpart Miralem Pjanic joins Molinaro in midfield having netted for Roma in their 3-0 win over Sampdoria. The Bosnian completed 90 percent of his 86 attempted passes as he controlled proceedings in the middle of the park.

James Rodríguez is deserving of his place alongside Pjanic after the Colombian netted both of Monaco's goals in their 2-0 win over Bastia to continue his impressive start to life in France.

Diego Godin put in a notable display for Atlético Madrid as Diego Simeone's side continued their title charge. The centre-back netted for the Madrid outfit in their 3-0 win over Real Valladolid, while his five interceptions and 10 clearances ensured the team kept a clean sheet.

Chico joins him in the heart of the back line having scored in a 1-1 draw with Stoke City. The Spaniard displayed his defensive awareness with six clearances, while his seven tackles and five interceptions ensured Swansea City came away from the Britannia Stadium with a point.

Adriano netted Barcelona's opener after just two minutes on Saturday evening, while his three successful dribbles meant the right side of the Rayo defence was regularly pinned back into their own half, with just 28 percent of their attacks coming down that flank.

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Youngster Gino Peruzzi makes up the back four having scored in Catania's 3-1 win over Lazio, while his seven tackles was the most of every player in the victory.

In goal, Stade de Reims goalkeeper Johnny Placide completes the XI after he kept a clean sheet against Bordeaux. The 26-year-old, making only his second league appearance of the season, made six saves to help his side secure all three points.


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