Premier League Team of the Week: Chelsea Dominate
The Premier League is full of outstanding performers each week. The players on display are at the peak of their profession, the leaders of their countries national teams.
Bleacher Report has been lacking in its duty of producing a team of the week and because of this, I have picked the weekend's preeminent performances and the goal of the weekend. Enjoy.
GK: Boaz Myhill (Hull City)
The American born Welsh keeper managed to produce six world class saves to thwart Spurs prodigious attack and give the Tigers a much needed point at White Hart Lane.
When asked about Fabio Capello's interest in his efforts by a BBC reporter, the bemused Myhill said, "I'm proud of my Welsh heritage."
Needless to say, the reporter cut the interview short from that point, but Myhill's performance would certainly have made Capello wish the keeper who could have played for the U.S., England or Wales, had opted for England.
DF: Ashley Cole (Chelsea)
The England defender was the stand out full back of the weekend, despite only playing 46 minutes of the game against Sunderland.
In those 46 minutes, he scored a goal and ravaged the Sunderland defensive line with some scintillating forays up front, helping the Blues to a fantastic four-nil lead at the half.
DF: Kamil Zayette (Hull City)
The Hull City centre back had one of the Premiership's top strikers in his pocket for much of the weekend's tie. Diving in and making dramatic blocks and saving his team on a number of occasions.
DF: James Tomkins (West Ham)
The England Under-21 international had a fantastic game to cancel out the threat of Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor, John Carew, Emile Heskey and James Milner.
Tomkins' performance was so good that the Aston Villa boss, Martin O'Neill substituted Heskey because he was totally frustrated by the young Hammers great performance.
DF: Leighton Baines (Everton)
The Everton full back was in almost total control in a game were Roberto Mancini's Manchester City millionaires would have been expected to control the game.
Unfortunately, for Mancini and Manchester City, Baines and his team mates nullified the Sky Blues attacking threat with Baines more than matching England winger Wright-Phillips.
MF: Antonio Valencia (Manchester United)
Valencia is starting to show the world just why Sir Alex Ferguson signed the young Ecudorian midfielder.His controlled and measured performance was the impetus for a clinical dissection of Brian Laws' Burnley side.
He was a thorn in the side of the Turf Moor side never giving the Burnley players a chance for a rest on the right side.
MF: Marouane Fellaini (Everton)
The big-haired Belgian midfielder had the game of his life, showing the Brazilian Robinho just how a midfielder should play with passion and heart. He controlled the midfield like a Colossus, breaking up the Manchester City attacks and changing defense into attack with aplomb.
MF: Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal)
What can be said about the influential midfielder. Fabregas never let the Bolton players settle on the ball and unlocked the Bolton defense on many occasions.
The return of Fabregas to his best so soon after injury will give Wenger heart for the second half of the season.
MF: Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
Lampard's commanding performance in the absence of the Blues Africans was just what Carlo Ancelotti would have wanted.
With everyone worried about the Blues title charge going off the rails because of the Africa Cup of Nations, they need not worry, if Lampard continues his rich vein of form that he displayed against Sunderland the title race is far from over for Chelsea.
FW: Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
The England striker yet again demonstrated why he is one of the best strikers in the world by leading from the front for Ferguson's Red Devils.
His wish to become the Manchester United captain looks well on track if he keeps putting in superb performances such as his one against Burnley this weekend.
FW: Nicolas Anelka (Chelsea)
The Frenchman, who is just back form injury, looks like he has never been away lead the rout of Sunderland and had a beautiful assist for Lampard's second goal.
A commanding all round performance from Anelka.
Goal of the Weekend: Anshley Cole (Chelsea)
Cole's sublime strike on goal for Chelsea's second goal was hand's down the best goal of the weekend. His delicate dummy and sublime finish worthy of a goal of the season reel.
Other notable mentions of the weekend.
Anthony Gardner of Hull City, on his return to White Hart Lane he showed why he was called up for England before so many injuries.
Marcus Hahnemann, Wolves American keeper was the difference between a 2-0 loss and a 5-0 loss.
Charles N'Zogbia of Wigan, the catalyst for their fine performance to take them away from fourth from bottom to 14th place.
Do you agree with my team of the week? If not who would have been in your side?