By Neil Leverett and Niall Clarke
- It’s Chelsea’s turn to dominate our Premier League XI, after the Blues’ emphatic 5-0 thrashing of Huddersfield Town
- Manchester City return to form in hunt of league leaders Liverpool, with win against Arsenal
- Crystal Palace, Wolves and Cardiff all pick up top flight wins
PREMIER LEAGUE, UK – After last week’s domination by the Cherries, Chelsea step up to the plate with no less than four players making the Gameweek 25 cut. But who else forced their way in?
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Goalkeeper & Defenders
David de Gea (GK) – The Spaniard has really come into his own since the turn of the year and after his near record-setting shutout against Spurs last month, De Gea was again the star of the show as Manchester United picked up another win under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Keeping only his third clean sheet since the Norwegian took over the Old Trafford hotseat, the Red Devils’ stopper however, made six saves against frisky Foxes side that on another day could have seen United drop points for the second game on the bounce.
Cesar Azpilicueta (RB) – Having rather been eclipsed by Maurizio Sarri‘s switch in system, Azpilicueta nevertheless remains one of the most solid defenders across Europe. As the first of a quartet of Blues in this week’s XI, the full-back won the penalty converted by Eden Hazard, as well winning two tackles and making the same number of interceptions, as the Terriers crumbled in west London.
Sol Bamba (CB) – The Bluebirds’ towering centre-back is proving to be a real hit in the Premier League. As Cardiff played an emotional first home game since the Emiliano Sala tragedy, Neil Warnock‘s men won out 2-0 against a buoyant Cherries side fresh from a thumping of Chelsea. Bobby Reid’s double saw the hosts pick up a big win in the Welsh valleys, but it was Bamba who won the plaudits again. Making six clearances and six interceptions, the Ivorian again makes his way into our XI.
David Luiz (CB) – Like Azpilicueta, Luiz kept a clean sheet, but his late goal at Stamford Bridge sealed the Brazilian’s place in Team of the Week. Putting the icing on the Blue cake, Luiz made a further key pass and made six blocks or tackles.
Ashley Young (LB) – Making his first appearance of the season, is United’s versatile midfielder-cum-full-back. With team-mate de Gea shutting Leicester out, the England man made two key passes and put in five interceptions in Young’s best showing of the season so far under Solskjaer.
N’Golo Kante (CM) – A lot has been made of the decision to move Kante to a more advanced position to facilitate the arrival of Jorginho, and whilst the Frenchman may be better as a defensive midfielder, he showed he still has qualities to make an impact further up the pitch. Kante had two assists and created four chances as the Blues steamrolled Huddersfield 5-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, doubling his assist total for the season.
Leander Dendoncker (CM) – Whilst goalscorers often make a good case to be in the team of the week, Dendoncker’s inclusion has more to it than his strike. The Belgian arguably put in his best performance in a Wolves shirt, proving useful all over the pitch as he also contributed to four tackles and three shots on goal, one of which found the back of the net.
Luka Milivojevic (CB) – Crystal Palace ran out 2-0 winners against Fulham on Saturday and once again in the centre of it was their captain. Milivojevic converted a penalty to open the scoring for the Eagles, and contributed to plenty going forward, putting in a whopping 12 crosses which were not converted by his team mates.
Raheem Sterling (RW) – There are not any players who have the positional sense of Sterling, and his ability to find space was crucial for Manchester City in their 3-1 win over Arsenal. The Englishman failed to get on the scoresheet, but he was able to twice set up Kun Aguero as City closed the gap to league leaders Liverpool. With 19 goal involvements this season, Sterling will be key to the Citizens’ title chances.
Sergio Aguero (ST) – Speaking of key Manchester City players, Aguero was back to his imperious best as he netted a hat-trick to defeat Arsenal on Sunday. We tipped Aguero to shine again after being out of the goals of late, however the Argentine scored within 30 seconds to give the hosts the lead before securing two more before and after half time. Aguero was very much a fox-in-the-box with all three goals coming from close range.
Eden Hazard (LW) – Shifted back out onto his favoured left wing – with a doff of the cap to Gonzalo Higuain on his Premier League debut netting a brace – Hazard showed why he is no number nine, but that he is one of the best players in the game in his roaming left wing role. In a typically selfless showing also, the Belgian made six key passes and put in three crosses, as both he and the Argentine suggest a blooming partnership on the Kings’ Road.
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