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European Team of the Week: Muller Is Star Man as Fellaini Makes Mark for Man Utd

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 02:  Thomas Muller of FC Bayern Muenchen celebrates scoring the second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between Manchester City and  FC Bayern Muenchen at Etihad Stadium on October 2, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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WhoScoredFeatured ColumnistMarch 11, 2014

Despite the fact that only half of the teams were in action in the Premier League this weekend, England's top flight is still well represented in WhoScored.com's European team of the week.

Elsewhere, there are three players from Ligue 1, three from La Liga and two Bundesliga stars in the XI.

We start in goal, where David Ospina helped a Nice side that had just one shot on target away to Marseille pick up all three points. The Colombian produced seven saves to keep the home side at bay and aid a shock victory, along with a match rating of 8.5.

Staying in Ligue 1, Lille's Marko Basa takes his place at the heart of the back four after netting the opener in a 2-0 win over Montpellier. The Montenegro international also won eight aerial duels and completed 95 percent of his pass attempts to earn a rating of 9.1.

Cardiff's Steven Caulker, whose brace was key to picking up all three points in a crucial match against Fulham, joins him at centre-back. With 12 clearances and six aerial duels won, his match-winning rating of 9.3 was fully merited.

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At left-back, Real Madrid's Marcelo also found himself on the scoresheet in a 3-0 victory over Levante in an impressive attacking display. The Brazilian had three shots in total and created three chances for team-mates as Carlo Ancelotti's men strengthened their position at the top of La Liga.

Compatriot Rafael completes the back four, having earned a superb rating of 9.1 in a comfortable Manchester United win at West Brom. The full-back's pinpoint cross set up the vital second goal and the youngster made a huge seven tackles to help his side earn a clean sheet.

The right-back is joined by team-mate Marouane Fellaini, who has been much-maligned since his move to United, but proved his worth with a starring role against the Baggies. 

The Belgian had more touches (100) than any other player on the day, completing 90 percent of his passes and winning five tackles and five interceptions to dominate the midfield.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - MARCH 08:  Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United at The Hawthorns on March 8, 2014 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Richar
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A second-minute strike from David Lopez set the Spaniard on his way to a rating of 8.9 for his part in Espanyol's 3-1 win over Elche. Meanwhile, with five tackles and four interceptions, the midfielder broke up play to ensure that the home side kept hold of the early lead that he had given them.

The wingers this week are a frightening prospect, with Arjen Robben taking his place on the opposite flank to Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Bayern Munich star picked up two assists and completed five dribbles in the 6-1 rout over Wolfsburg, while Ronaldo's goal and assist for Real Madrid against Levante unsurprisingly heralded a man-of-the-match rating of 9.5.

CARDIFF, WALES - MARCH 08:  Cardiff City player Steven Caulker (c) celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier league match between Cardiff City and Fulham at Cardiff City Stadium on March 8, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by St
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A man-of-the-match display from Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic ensured the Swede's place in our XI with a rating of 9.2.

Having opened the scoring at Bastia early on, the forward set up the second for Ezequiel Lavezzi with what was surely the assist of the season so far. A volleyed, back-heel through ball set the Argentina star on his way to a one-on-one and was something that only Ibrahimovic could even conjure uplet alone execute.

Our player of the week, however, earned a perfect rating of 10.

Playing as the focal point of Pep Guardiola's attack, Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller notched a brace and picked up an assist from a total of four key passes. He also completed three dribbles and won three aerial duels in yet another demolition job by the European champions.

 

All statistics and match ratings 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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