UEFA Champions League Team of the Week: Matchday 5

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Eight sides have guaranteed progression to the Round of 16 after Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League.

Tottenham Hotspur exceeded all expectations by finishing 1st Group H, a group containing defending champions Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, and were clinical in their recent dismissal of the latter.

2012 winners Chelsea secured their spot in the Knockout Round after a 4-0 hammering of Azerbaijani outfit Qarabag in Group C, while 3rd placed Atletico Madrid kept their hopes alive with a 2-0 win over Roma.

Manchester United’s slip-up to Basel means they’re not mathematically through, but would need a monumental calamity on Matchday 6 in order to drop out of the Champions League.

Liverpool continue to show that old habits die hard by squandering a three goal lead away to Sevilla in Group E, drawing 3-3 in a heart-racing contest, while Manchester City made it five wins from five with a narrow victory over Feyenoord in Group F.

Besiktas surprisingly topped Group G with a game to spare, going undefeated from the first five games, while heavy-hitters Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have all booked their place in the next round.

Keep reading for our UEFA Champions League Team of the Week!

Goalkeeper

 

UEFA Champions League Team of the WeekMarc-Andre ter Stegen – Barcelonauefa champions league team of the week

Produced a world class save to deny Paulo Dybala at the death and maintain a clean sheet for Barcelona, looking comfortable all night and making three saves overall.

 

Defenders

 

uefa champions league team of the weekMehdi Benatia – Juventusuefa champions league team of the week

At the other end of the field was Moroccan centre-half Mehdi Benatia, who stood up in the absence of Giorgio Chiellini, making 10 clearances and eight interceptions en route to a clean sheet for the Old Lady.

 

uefa champions league team of the weekManuel Akanji – FC Baseluefa champions league team of the week

At the heart of FC Basel’s 1-0 upset win over Manchester United was Manuel Akanji, the 22-year-old Swiss defender who racked up three headers, three tackles, five interceptions and six clearances.

 

uefa champions league team of the weekDayotchanculle Upamecano – RB Leipziguefa champions league team of the week

French teenager Dayotchanculle Upamecano showed experience beyond his years in RB Leipzig’s impressive 4-1 victory over Monaco, making three tackles, six headers, six interceptions and 11 clearances as the Germans kept their Round of 16 chances alive.

 

Midfielders

 

uefa champions league team of the weekEver Banega – Sevilla

uefa champions league team of the weekMade a ridiculous 157 touches of the ball for Sevilla, more than Liverpool’s central midfield trio combined. The Argentine made them count with an 88% passing accuracy ratio and assist for Wissam Ben Yedder’s header, and made four successful dribbles as Sevilla came from behind to earn a point.

 

uefa champions league team of the weekDele Alli – Tottenham

uefa champions league team of the weekThe Englishman bounced back from an anonymous performance in the North London derby to play a star role in Tottenham’s win over Borussia Dortmund. He grabbed assists for both goals, made three key passes and was willing to do the dirty work with five tackles.

 

uefa champions league team of the weekNaby Keita – RB Leipzig

uefa champions league team of the weekLiverpool-bound Naby Keita showed all the reasons why RB Leipzig will miss him next season, running the show in a 4-1 win over Monaco with four dribbles, four tackles and two interceptions. He put the icing on the cake with a brilliant turn and strike to score his first ever UEFA Champions League goal.

 

Attackers

 

uefa champions league team of the weekWissam Ben Yedder – Sevilla

uefa champions league team of the weekThe thorn in Liverpool’s side from the Anfield clash returned again in Sevilla, scoring a brace en route to a historic comeback. Got ahead of Alberto Moreno to glance a header past Loris Karius for the first goal, before coolly dispatching his spot-kick even after the referee ordered him to retake.

uefa champions league team of the weekNeymar – Paris Saint-German

uefa champions league team of the weekContinues to run riot in the UEFA Champions League, notching his sixth goal in the Group Stages after finding the bottom corner twice with his left foot. Celtic’s defenders had no chance of stopping him on the ball, completing six dribbles and making five key passes.

 

uefa champions league team of the weekBas Dost – Sporting Clube de Portugal

uefa champions league team of the weekSporting hitman Bas Dost put Olympiakos to the sword with two goals from three shots. He ghosted across the Greek defence to open the scoring before netting a header to seal a 3-0 victory and keep a slender hope of Knockout Round qualification alive.

 

uefa champions league team of the weekAntoine Griezmann – Atletico Madrid

uefa champions league team of the weekOut-of-form Frenchman Antoine Griezmann fired Atletico Madrid to their first Champions League victory of the season in spectacular fashion, netting a bicycle kick in the 2-0 win over Roma. He followed that up with a defence-piercing assist for Kevin Gameiro, who made no mistake to double their advantage.

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