UEFA has released its official ‘team of the week’ for UEFA Champions League Gameweek 3 on their official website.
A week which saw a number of high-profile clashes, including Arsenal’s shock 2-0 win over Bayern Munich, and a 0-0 draw between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, also witnessed some fascinating matches, like the one between Bayer Leverkusen and Roma, which ended in a 4-4 draw.
Manchester City also registered a 2-1 win in an enthralling match against Sevilla, which required a dramatic late winner from Kevin De Bruyne. Big guns like Chelsea, Manchester United and Juventus only managed a point from their respective matches.
Following are the players who made it to the UEFA Champions League team of the week,
Goalkeeper: Petr Cech (Arsenal)
The goalkeeper from the Czech Republic was at his brilliant best, as he denied the German giants on a number of occasions, to keep his team in the hunt. His save against Robert Lewandowski, who was in heavenly form coming into the game, early in the second half was the best of the lot. He also denied Thiago Alcantara from close range, in the initial minutes of the match.
Right-back: Serge Aurier (Paris Saint-Germain)
Serge Aurier was arguably the best PSG player on the night. His job was to keep Cristiano Ronaldo on bay, and how well did he manage to do that. He also tried to start attacks for his team from the right wing, and was constantly troubling the Madrid players with his strength and physicality.
Centre-back: Per Mertesacker (Arsenal)
The towering German defender stood like a wall, in front of his country’s best club. He nullified the aerial threats Bayern’s attackers possess, and helped his team win the match and also kept a clean sheet.
Centre-back: Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain)
The Brazilian defender with all his experience marshalled the backline of his club superbly. The captain made 7 clearances and 5 crucial interceptions and even came close to getting on the scoresheet with a thumping header in the first half.
Left-back: Pa Konate (Malmö)
The Swedish left back gave his Ukranian opponents, Shakhtar Donetsk a hard time on the field. He assisted the goal scored by Markus Rosenberg, which ultimately proved to be the winner. He also kept a clean sheet for his team and himself.
Midfield: Ivan RakiticÂ? (Barcelona)
The Croatian, who was brought on for Sergi Roberto after 17 minutes, scored two goals for his club in the second half. His presence in the field was crucial for his team’s performance as they went on to register a 2-0 win.
Midfield: Daniele De Rossi (Roma)
The gritty Italian midfielder was very critical for his team in the 4-4 draw against Leverkusen. All his experience on the highest level paid off, as he scored 2 goals when his team was 2-0 down early in the first half. His goals inspired a comeback as Roma went on to take a 2-4 lead, only to squander the lead later.
Midfield: Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia)
The Algerian scored the opening goal for his team, in a 2-1 win over Gent. Valencia dominated the game throughout but were not able to score more goals. It was an own goal late into the match and Feghouli’s opener which helped them earn the three points.
Right Forward: Hulk (Zenit)
Hulk scored a stunning individual goal in his team’s 3-1 win. The Brazil international picked up the ball on the halfway line before striding forward and rifling a long-range shot into the left-hand corner. This was his third goal of the competition, and there are certainly more to come.
Striker: Vincent Aboubakar (Porto)
The Cameroon international scored the opener for his team and then assisted one for Yacine Brahimi, three minutes later. Porto went on to win the match 2-0 against Maccabi Tel Aviv. He has been a revelation for the Portuguese giants since he was brought in to replace Jackson Martinez
Left Forward: Javier Hernández (Bayer Leverkusen)
The former Manchester United striker scored 2 goals in a crucial game against Roma. He opened the scoring for Leverkusen from the penalty spot and then added another 14 minutes later to give his team a 2-0 lead under 20 minutes. However, the game ended in a 4-4 draw.