Premier League Team of the Week: Chelsea Sees Off Its CL Blues
Yet another fun-packed Premier League week has passed, and it has produced some fantastic football for fans of good quality football...whomever they support.
Chelsea struggled to beat their old manager in the Champions League, but this week Ancelotti's men have certainly stepped up the pace in their quest for another Premier League title, with demolitions of both Pompey and Aston Villa.
Manchester United, devoid of some of their best players, never missed a beat as they powered past a resurgent Bolton Wanderers side under Owen Coyle.
Arsene Wenger's Gunners faltered as they failed to capitalise on their offensive possession against Birmingham City.
At the other end of the table Wolves, stretched their unbeaten run to four games and pulled five points clear of the relegation places.
McCarthy's Wolves also heaped more pressure on Zola's West Ham as they beat the Hammers 3-1 mid-week.
West Ham ended the week level on points with Hull City on 27 points as they also lost to Stoke City on Saturday. Zola's week ended with West Ham fans questioning his tenure as the Hammers' boss.
Iain Dowie and the Tigers managed to put their survival squarely in their own hands, as they got a well-deserved victory against a Fulham side that beat Juventus, mid-week in the Europa League.
Who will make the team of the week?
GK: Craig Gordon (Sunderland)
The Black Cats would probably have been on the wrong end of the result mid-week if their big keeper had not been at the top of his game.
Gordon made a number of fantastic reflex saves to keep the North East's only Premiership club in the game at a point where Villa was rampant.
DF: Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur)
Bale was a rock in the heart of the Spurs defense in a game where Pompey, despite their lowly position, fought tooth and nail to save their Premiership status.
His rampaging runs up the Pompey flanks were the driving force behind the Spurs display.
DF: Jody Craddock (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
The no-nonsense center back for Wolves was a colossus this week—with a towering display against an in-form Everton side.
He also had an equally measured performance in the 3-1 victory against relegation rivals West Ham in mid-week.
DF: Phil Jagielka (Everton)
The big Jagielka certainly did no harm to his chances of a seat on the plane to South Africa with England, with his fantastic performance in the heart of the Everton defense against a very good Manchester City attack.
Tevez, Bellamy and Johnson never got a look in on goal with Jagielka running the Manchester City forward line ragged.
DF: Michael Mancienne (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
The Chelsea loanee yet again showed why he has won an England cap at such a young age.
What makes Manceinne's performance against West Ham, was that he was playing out of position in a central midfield holding role rather than his usual centre back position.
MF: Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
Lampard scored a brace of penalties, and a brace from open play to make it five goals for the week as Chelsea kept up the pressure at the top of the division.
His sublime display against Aston Villa almost won him the player of the week award only to miss out by a whisker.
MF: Nani (Manchester United)
The attacking midfielder put in another fantastic performance in the 4-0 victory over Bolton, to spur the Red Devils back to the top of the Premiership, and sustain their charge to win yet another title.
MF: Florent Malouda (Chelsea)
Malouda's two performances this week against bottom-placed Pompey where he ran the show and against Villa—where along with Lampard he destroyed a good Martin O'Neill side to earn himself a place in the team of the week.
MF: Abou Diaby (Arsenal)
Diaby's performance against Birmingham was worthy of a victory, but for a late equaliser, the Frenchman would have led his team to three glorious points in a game that he dominated.
FW: Jozy Altidore (Hull City)
The young American was a constant thorn in the side of Fulham all afternoon, but had to be subbed because of his frustration at the treatment he received from the Cottagers.
It is testament to his performance that all four of Fulham's yellow cards came from fouls on Altidore, and it was the rugby tackle on the US striker that won the Tigers their penalty.
FW: Dimitar Berbatov (Manchester United)
In the absence of Wayne Rooney, up steps Berbatov.
The Bulgarian international was superb, scoring two goals. He looked like he was back to his Tottenham Hotspur best, full of running, and cute tricks to fool the opposition.
Save of the Week: Marcus Hahnemann (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Marcus Hahnemann of Wolves made superb instinctive save early in the game to stop Leon Osman, who looked to slot home after a decisive move split open the Wolves defense.
Goal of the Week: Fernando Torres (Liverpool)
Torres opener for the Reds was a delightful cut inside of Sunderland's Michael Turner before a wonderfully curled strike into the top corner beating Craig Gordon by a country mile.
Giving Liverpool a one-goal lead inside three minutes, that the Black Cats never looked like coming back from.
Player of the Week: Florent Malouda (Chelsea)
The Guiana-born Frenchman is like a man re-born. His recent performances have been phenomenal for the Blues, scoring four goals in two games and never giving, Pompey or the Villains a seconds respite.
Craig Fagan (Hull City) in the Tigers two-nil victory over Fulham, Fagan had arguably his best ever game. He was in ever passage of play, harrying the opposition as well s chipping in with a well deserved goal.
Steven Mouyokolo (Hull City) the young Frenchman has been growing in stature over the past few weeks and after a shaky start to his Premier League. His performance against Fulham will certainly have made some of the countries biggest clubs take a second look.
Deco (Chelsea) the Brazilian born Portugal midfielder was instrumental in the dismantling of Aston Villa along with Yuri Zhirkov his midfield partner they kept a talented Aston Villa midfield under-wraps.
Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland) after a rocky start to his Sunderland career the England U21 striker has taken his chance and his beautifully taken goal against Aston Villa demonstrated why Steve Bruce paid so much for the young striker.
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) the England midfielder who has been out of form in recent weeks seems to have found his football boots again, with a fantastically controlled display in the three-nil victory over Sunderland.
Mikael Arteta (Everton) the talented Spaniard was the driving force behind the Toffees two-nil victory over a talented Manchester City side that are still fighting for a Champions League spot.