European Team of the Week: Lionel Messi, Joselu Earn Top Marks

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European Team of the Week: Lionel Messi, Joselu Earn Top Marks
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Joselu is WhoScored.com’s player of the week following his 10-out-of-10 performance at the weekend. The Nurnberg back line were unable to contain the striker as he bagged a brace and provided an assist in Eintracht's 5-2 win.

Lionel Messi partners Joselu in attack as a result of his display in Sunday’s Clasico. The Argentine netted a hat-trick and registered the assist for Andres Iniesta’s opener to keep Barcelona within touching distance of league leaders Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid.

Christian Eriksen earned a 9.1 in Spurs’ 3-2 win over Southampton on Sunday, with the Dane bagging a brace and providing the assist for Gylfi Sigurdsson’s last-gasp winner. Eriksen also executed six key passes in a victory that keeps Spurs in the hunt for a top-four finish.

London counterpart André Schürrle is in the team on the opposite flank after the German’s display in Chelsea’s 6-0 thumping of Arsenal.

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Joselu scored twice and added an assist as Eintracht Frankfurt beat Nurnberg 5-2.

Schürrle provided the assist for Samuel Eto’o’s opener before getting on the scoresheet two minutes later, as he ran the Arsenal backline ragged. With 43 percent of Chelsea’s attacks coming down their right side, the 23-year-old put in a performance that will have pleased manager Jose Mourinho.

Roberto Soriano was on goalscoring form against Verona as Sampdoria romped to a 5-0 win. The midfielder netted twice to help the Italian side make it four league wins from their last six at home.

Ignacio Camacho partners Soriano in the middle of the park following his performance against Celta. The 23-year-old, like Soriano, bagged a brace as Malaga secured a 2-0 away victory to ease their relegation concerns. 

Romain Danze is the only non-Premier League player to feature in the back four this week. The right-back secured a WhoScored.com rating of 8.4, helping Rennes to a surprise 1-0 win at Marseille.

With 53 percent of OM’s attacks coming down their left side, Danze was tasked with limiting the attacking influence of Mathieu Valbuena, Andre Ayew and Jeremy Morel, making six tackles, six interceptions and 10 clearances.

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Martín Demichelis has been heavily criticised since signing for Manchester City, but was on hand to help maintain their title quest with a clean-sheet-attaining performance against Fulham. The Argentine kept the Cottagers' attack at bay during the 90 minutes with five tackles and three interceptions before netting the fifth goal late on in their 5-0 win.

Hull City pairing Curtis Davies and Liam Rosenior make up the defence as a result of their respective displays against West Brom.

Davies won a match-high five aerial duels in the encounter and provided the assist for Shane Long’s 38th-minute goal as he continues to stake a claim for an England spot.

Rosenior was on hand to net the opener after Ben Foster saved Nikica Jelavic’s penalty and made a clearance off the line to ensure that the Tigers won 2-0.

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In goal, Angelo Da Costa completes the XI due to his clean sheet against Verona. The Sampdoria goalkeeper made a commendable seven saves to deny the away side from scoring, while only teammate Soriano (9.4) landed a higher rating from WhoScored than Da Costa (9.3) in the victory.

 

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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