Champions League - Team of the Week: More Messi magic

Thu, 03 Nov 04:24:00 2011

Lionel Messi set a personal milestone as Barcelona crushed Viktoria Plzen and the Argentina ace deservedly leads our team of the week, as selected via our expert and user matchcast ratings.

2011-12 Champions League Barcelona Lionel Messi - 0

(Team formation: 4-4-2)

GK: Olexandr Rybka (Shakhtar Donetsk) - Expert 8, Users 7.4 - The goalkeeper's heroics between the sticks prevented his side from losing by a greater margin.

RB: Javier Zanetti (Internazionale) - Expert 8, Users 7.5 - An assured display from the 38-year old veteran, capped by his superb assist for Inter's second.

CB: Gerard Pique (Barcelona) - Expert 8, Users 7.4 - Exemplary performance at the back from the Spain international, dovetailed nicely by a superb backheeled assist for Messi's third at the other end.

CB: Walter Samuel (Internazionale) - Expert 7, Users 7.7 - An imperious leap and thumping header from the Argentine got Inter on their way and he backed that goal up with a solid defensive display.

LB: Philipp Lahm (Bayern Munich) - Expert 7, Users 7.4 - Lahm was the picture of consistency at the back while time and again providing a threat with his link-up play with Franck Ribery.

RM: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) - Expert 9, Users 7 - Two goals, a barrage of shots and a constant threat - Ronaldo showed just why he is one of the world's very best.

CM: David Silva (Manchester City) - Expert 8, Users 7.3 - Yaya Toure might have scored two of City's goals but the Spaniard was the classiest player on the pitch, as usual.

CM: Gustavo Manduca (APOEL Nicosia) - Expert 8, Users 7.4 - An eye-catching display from the Brazilian, capped off with a cool finish at the death to nick all three points for the Cypriot team.

LM: Franck Ribery (Bayern Munich) - Expert 8, Users 7.4 - The France flyer caused all sorts of problems down the Bayern left and had a hand in two of the goals.

FW: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) - Expert 9, Users 8.1 - The only choice for our player of the week. Goals 200, 201 and 202 made for two hat-tricks in as many games for the World Player of the Year.

FW: Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) - Expert 8, Users 8 - Another player to score a hat-trick, the first of which - a wonderful effort piece of skill - set the tone for Bayern's first-half performance.


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