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European Team of the Week | 3-5 March

GK: Claudio Bravo (Real Betis)

Andalusian outfit Real Betis earned a very valuable point at home against Spanish giants Real Madrid during a 0-0 affair at the weekend and further denting Real’s title hopes as veteran Chilean keeper Claudio Bravo made a number of saves to help Betis keep their Champions League hope alive.

RB: Gianluca Mancini (AS Roma)

José Mourinho’s AS Roma put a halt to Juventus’ four-match winning run in Serie A of late after a 1-0 win in the eternal city on Sunday night in a match where Juve dominated. Roma defender Gianluca Mancini scored the match-winner eight minutes after halftime while also putting in an excellent defensive display as part of the back three.

CB: Jaka Bijol (Udinese)

Fiulian side Udinese picked up a good point on the road against hill-dwellers Atalanta during a 0-0 draw in Lombardy in a very strong combined defensive performance from Udine, with Slovenian international Jaka Bijol once again proving a rock in the heart of the defense.

CB: Danilo Pereira (Paris Saint-Germain)

All the attention at the weekend surrounding PSG was correctly directed at star man Kylian Mbappé after the French star officially became the club’s all-time leading scorer while pulling ahead of Edinson Cavani, but Portuguese international midfielder Danilo Pereira deputized in defense quite well against a tricky Nantes while also adding a goal to cap off a well-rounded display.

LB: Issiaga Sylla (Montpellier)

One of two Montpellier representatives in the team of the week, Guinean international left-back Issiaga Sylla produced a noteworthy all-round display at both ends of the pitch after he helped the club keep a clean sheet while also providing a brace of assists during the club’s 5-0 win over Angers.

CM: Matías Vecino (Lazio)

Maurizio Sarri’s Champions League-chasing Lazio finally did what no one else seemingly was prepared to do when they fought tooth and nail to secure a 1-0 away win against runaway Serie A leaders Napoli and have Uruguayan veteran Matías Vecino to thank in part after his match-winning goal highlighted a fantastic performance in midfield throughout.

CM: Emre Can (Borussia Dortmund)

CAM: Téji Savanier (Montpellier)

Occitan outfit Montpellier bagged one of the top results anywhere over the weekend in a 5-0 win over bottom-dwelling Angers, with Montpellier-born Téji Savanier hitting a brace on either side of the halftime interval to help the club take its recent run of form to ten points out of a possible twelve.

RW: Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen)

Bayer Leverkusen’s continued progression under Xabi Alonso took another step at the weekend in a 4-1 win over relegation-threatened Hertha BSC, with French international starlet Moussa Diaby continuing to thrive under the former Spanish midfielder. An influence goal and assist performance was lovely to watch.

LW: Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid)

French international star Antoine Griezmann was once again at his very best during Atlético Madrid’s 6-1 thrashing of Sevilla in front of home support in the capital, with the 31-year-old bagging a goal and an assist in a man-of-the-match performance that deserved more than the fantastic contributions he had already made.

CF: Enes Ünal (Getafe)

Getafe climbed out of the bottom three in La Liga thanks to Turkish international forward and former Manchester City project Enes Ünal after a brace from the 25-year-old saw him hit his 10th league goal of the season and 30th La Liga strike for the Spanish outfit during a 3-2 win over Girona.

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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