European Team of the Week: Reus Rolls to Top Spot, Sterling Gives Silver Service

WhoScoredFeatured ColumnistApril 22, 2014

Dortmund's Marco Reus, rear, and Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius challenge for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match between BvB Borussia Dortmund  and Mainz 05 in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday, April 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
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Marco Reus is’s European player of the week after turning in another impressive performance as Borussia Dortmund ran out 4-2 victors at the expense of Mainz 05.

The Germany international struck a late penalty but could have had a hat-trick after twice hitting the woodwork. The attacker also provided one assist from his eight key passes to cap off a 10-of-10 display.

Bordeaux’s Cheick Diabate partners the Dortmund ace in attack after scoring a first-half hat-trick in the 5-1 win over Guingamp. The striker led the line with aplomb, with all three of his shots on target finding the back of the net.

Celta Vigo duo Nolito and Fabian Orellana provide the width on the flanks, having played pivotal roles in the 4-2 win at Almeria. The pairing both netted in the encounter and provided one assist each while executing a combined four key passes and four dribbles in the victory.

Raheem Sterling has been crucial for Liverpool in their title pursuit this season and helped secure three points at Norwich on Sunday. The attacker netted the opener early on and was on hand to assist Luis Suarez to double Liverpool’s advantage in the 3-2 win.

NORWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  Raheem Sterling of Liverpool scores their third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on April 20, 2014 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Sterling’s eventual winner had a hint of luck about it, having deflected off Bradley Johnson to take the ball over John Ruddy, but the 19-year-old put in a performance that will have buoyed England fans ahead of the World Cup.

Philipp Bargfrede completes the midfield, having scored in Werder Bremen’s 3-1 win over Hoffenheim, but it was his defensive performance that saw him end the encounter with a rating of 9.4. Hoffenheim "attacked through the middle," according to WhoScored's statistically calculated match report, but Bargfrede was able to fend off their offensive moves, making four tackles and six interceptions.

The highest-rated defender of the week was Loic Perrin of Saint Etienne as a result of his clean sheet against Rennes on Friday night. The Frenchman ensured Rennes were unable to find a way past goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier, making three tackles, six interceptions and 17 clearances while winning a commendable 12 aerial duels to help secure a point.

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Emir Spahic partners Perrin at centre-back after he bagged a brace for Bayer Leverkusen in their 4-1 win over Nurnberg. Spahic’s defensive ability ensured Nurnberg were able to net just the once as Leverkusen made it two wins from two following Sami Hyypia’s sacking.

At left-back, Luke Shaw impressed for Southampton despite the South Coast side being held to a 0-0 draw at Aston Villa. With the highest proportion of attacks coming down the left (42 percent), the youngster was on hand to regularly provide the offensive outlet for his side, with no player completing more dribbles (four) than Shaw in the match.

Moreover, only one player made more tackles than Shaw (five) in the match, with the 18-year-old displaying the defensive side of his game.

Sochaux’s Julien Faussurier is at right-back, having been vital in their shock win at Reims. The full-back provided the assist for Sebastien Corchia’s opener in what turned out to be the only goal of the game, while his four tackles and three interceptions ensured Sochaux claimed a massive three points in their quest to stave off relegation.

Faussurier would have been named the man of the match had it not been for team-mate Yohann Pele. The goalkeeper secured a rating of 8.9, making five saves and claiming a notable 10 crosses in the win.

Vito Mannone secured a better rating in Sunderland’s 2-1 win over Chelsea (9.5), but his performance against Manchester City in midweek meant his average rating was 7.6, way below Pele’s.


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