European Team of the Week: Gareth Bale Plays Leading Role for Real Madrid

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European Team of the Week: Gareth Bale Plays Leading Role for Real Madrid
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There were some exceptional individual performances across Europe’s top five leagues this weekend, with Gareth Bale and two of Southampton's World Cup hopefuls featuring in WhoScored.com's European team of the week.

Picking up a rating of 9.8 by having kept a clean sheet against Bologna in a sixth consecutive Atalanta win, only two outfielders in our XI can better Andrea Consigli's score. The 27-year-old will be hopeful of a World Cup call from Italy coach Cesare Prandelli, and displays like the one that saw him make 11 saves this weekend will do him no harm.

A first league goal for Real Madrid sees right-back Dani Carvajal make the line-up, with the defender also playing his part in a clean sheet against Rayo Vallecano. The Spaniard made three tackles, three interceptions and completed 88 per-cent of his passes in a 5-0 rout.

On the opposite flank, Joo-Ho Park was awarded WhoScored's man-of-the-match award in Mainz's 3-0 win over Augsburg. The Korean was a constant threat down the left, completing seven dribbles and winning five aerial duels to exert his dominance on that side.

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Wolfsburg centre-back Naldo has certainly proved he can strike from distance during his time in Germany, but few would have flown in quite so perfectly as in his late wonder strike to win the game against Frankfurt.

The ambitious defender attempted five shots in the win, but also won eight aerial duels and made a clearance off the line at the other end.

Experienced defender Stefano Lucchini has helped to solidify Atalanta's defence in recent weeks and joins team-mate Consigli in our XI for his role in the win over Bologna. The 33-year-old won six aerial duels and completed a massive 22 clearances, while also putting in a composed passing performance from the back, completing 96 per-cent of his attempts.

On the flanks, a brace from in-form Southampton man Jay Rodriguez saw the England hopeful net for the fourth game running, taking his league tally to 15 for the season. The 24-year-old also mustered a mammoth 11 shots toward goal in the 4-0 drubbing of Newcastle.

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Bale earns our team-of-the-week gong, however, with his double in the 5-0 win over Rayo Vallecano accompanied by yet another assist for a Cristiano Ronaldo strike. The Welshman fired off four shots at goal and completed seven dribbles as he continues to impress in his new surroundings.

It was a captain's performance from Mile Jedinak in the shock result of the weekend, as Crystal Palace beat Premier League title challengers Chelsea. The Australian won seven aerial duels, four tackles and produced five tackles, while also having two shots and creating two chances in an excellent display.

He's joined in midfield by Verona's Marco Donadel, who opened the scoring as the Italian outfit ended a losing streak of four games.

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The second Southampton player in our XI is Rickie Lambert, who is hoping to join team-mate Rodriguez on the plane to Brazil in the summer. A goal and assist took both respective tallies to double figures in the league this season, earning a rating of 9.2 in the comfortable win over Newcastle.

Completing our XI this week is Rennes front man Ola Toivonen, who has impressed since a January move from the Eredivisie to Ligue 1. The Swede scored and registered an assist in an important 3-0 win over Bastia, completing three accurate through balls to maximise his side's attacking threat.

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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