It was goals galore this weekend at the Premier League, spearheaded by heavy victories from both Manchester teams. Leicester City lost their match as well as their 2nd position in the league with Manchester City reclaiming the spot. Manchester United inched closer to the top 4 with Sheffield, Wolves and Tottenham not far behind. Liverpool still maintains its invincibility with a victory over Tottenham. Plenty of great matches and superb goals and it wouldn’t have been possible without some incredible players.
Here’s a look at those players yet again in the Team of the Week:
GK : Alisson Becker (Liverpool)
Alisson was integral in Liverpool’s victory. He was poised and collected, which enabled him to be sharp on the goal line. Alisson made 4 saves throughout the game and procured a clean sheet against Mourinho and Co.
LB: Lucas Digne (Everton)
One of last season’s more touted full backs put up a worthy performance after quite a long slump. He was crucial to the 1-0 victory and practically created the sole goal of the game with a ball to Richarlison. He also had 3 aerial victories, 1 tackle and 3 key passes showing excellence on both attack and defence.
CB: Andreas Christensen (Chelsea)
Chelsea put up a solid performance this week resulting in a rather comfortable 3-0 victory. While the forwards were brilliant, the defence was just as adept. Both Rudiger and Christensen were strong, giving the enemy no breathing room in tense situations. Christensen had 4 aerial wins and 2 tackles along 3 clearances and 1 interception. He was constantly putting the opposing attack on edge.
CB: Leander Dendoncker (Wolves)
Dendoncker was unquestionably the saviour for Wolves, as his goal gave them at least a point in their most recent game. He was strong on defence and rarely gave in. Despite conceding he still seemed unfazed throughout the game. He had 2 wins in the air and 1 tackle and was the lone goal scorer for Wolves.
RB: Adrian Mariappa (Watford)
Watford escaped from the bottom 3 spot with a nice 3-0 win against Bournemouth. While the team is far from being safe, Adrian Mariappa and the rest did alleviate the situation. Mariappa was dominant on the right flank. He was key in both attack and defence contribution. The 33-year old managed 2 tackles and 3 aerial wins. He also played 2 key passes and was instrumental to the crucial win.
CM: Etienne Capoue (Watford)
Etienne Capoue was one of the most important players in Watford’s 3-0 victory.His defence was impeccable and he was not afraid to join in on the attack when the circumstances demanded. He proved to be highly versatile and extremely dependable for the team that is barely above the relegation spots. He had a staggering 7 tackles throughout the game with 5 wins in the air, aside from completing 2 dribbles. He also made 4 clearances and 2 interceptions, proving to be quite a powerhouse in defence.
CM: Kevin De Bryune (Manchester City)
Now that player that is arguably a staple in the Team of the Week lists and there’s no surprise as to why. The Belgian simply delivers in almost every single match. He is the assist leader in the league with 14 assists from 22 matches and is really close to breaking the all time record of 20. His passing and general sense of attack was just as impeccable in the 6-1 thrashing against Aston Villa. His cross to Gabriel Jesus was a highlight in game consisting of some incredible goals. He made 3 key passes throughout the game and he continues to be arguably the best player in the Premier League
CM: Ross Barkley (Chelsea)
Ross Barkely shone brightly in the 3-0 victory Chelsea managed against Burnley. His tackling and passing were extremely strong and he managed to be a great link between the offense and defence. His passing accuracy was at 90% and he even managed a key pass. His biggest highlight was the off-the-line clearance he made that might’ve changed the momentum of the game.
LW: Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)
Courtesy of a fantastic brace, Marcus Rashford drew closer to Jamie Vardy in the goal scorer column. His goal tally is at 14 and he’s ahead of fellow countryman Tammy Abraham who was making waves earlier in the season for being quite the serial goal scorer. His attacking aggression was impressive and his tenacity helped create a multitude of chances. His shooting was strong and his penalty was calm. All in all, he managed 4 dribbles and 3 shots on target, taking Man United ever so close to that top 4 spot.
RW: Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)
Riyad Mahrez has been getting better with each game and he was brilliant to begin with. His dribbling throughout the whole season and especially in this match was clinical and his attacking awareness and passing were all top notch. He managed 2 goals in the game with 4 dribbles and 2 key passes and cemented that he is one of the best in the league.
ST: Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)
Sergio Aguero proved why he’s one of the best strikers, if not the best striker of the previous decade courtesy of his performance against AVL. The score read 6-1 and he was the star of the show. His finishing was clinical as was his positioning and read of the game. His first goal was arguably the goal of weekend. A thunderous strike from behind the penalty box and the keeper had no chance. He was far from satisfied and scored 2 more. He was the hattrick hero to end all hattrick heroes and the teams who are up against City next are surely shaking in their boots.