There were a number of eye-catching displays across Europe's top-five leagues this weekend, making an appearance in WhoScored.com's team of the week all the more impressive.
The spot in goal this week is occupied by 20-year-old Loris Karius, whose heroics for Bundeslgia outfit Mainz helped to ensure a shock 1-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen. Germany's third-placed side rifled off eight shots on target, but the visitors’ young shot stopper was equal to all of them, as well as making three cross claims to earn a rating of 9.0.
Staying in Germany, Bayern Munich's David Alaba takes his place at left-back with a rating of 8.8 from a 5-1 demolition of Schalke. The Austrian scored and picked up an assist, as well as completing every one of his 51 pass attempts. Right-back Daniel Wass was also on the scoresheet as Evian beat Nantes 2-0 having also made three tackles and four interceptions in the match.
Sampdoria's Shkodran Mustafi celebrated his first senior Germany call-up with another man-of-the-match display, picking up an assist and making a last-man tackle in a 2-0 win over Torino. He's joined in a Serie A centre-back pairing by Alessandro Lucarelli, with 14 clearances, eight interceptions and seven aerial duel wins earning the veteran a rating of 9.1.
It's an all-Bundesliga affair in midfield, where Hoffenheim's pairing of Sebastian Rudy (9.4) and Sejad Salihovic (10) both make the grade after a 6-2 drubbing of Wolfsburg. Both players picked up two assists in the rout and while the former completed a match-high of six tackles to boot, the latter netted from the spot to earn WhoScored's highest rating.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan took his league tallies for goals and assists to six and seven respectively with one apiece in a 3-0 win over Nurnberg, creating six chances and completing six dribbles to earn a near-perfect 9.9 rating. Meanwhile, Bayern's Arjen Robben went one better, with his hat-trick in the 5-1 victory over Schalke earning a rating of 10.
Aston Villa's Christian Benteke looked back to his best following a brace against Norwich, netting a sublime overhead kick with his first and bossing the Canaries back line to win nine aerial duels. He's joined up front by Artiz Aduriz, who was the third player to pick up a rating of 10 courtesy of a hat-trick from five attempts at goal, as well as completing three dribbles and winning a further nine aerial duels.
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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