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European Team of the Week: March 15-17


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It was a productive weekend for the Premier League, with England's top flight supplying no less than SIX of the top XI European performers.

In addition, Chelsea are the only team to get two players featured: both goalscorers in their 2-0 victory over West Ham, 200-goal milestone man Frank Lampard and man-of-the-match Eden Hazard, made the cut.

Lampard wasn't the only historic inclusion, as yet again Lionel Messi earns a place with two goals and one assist as the world's best player made it a record 18 straight Liga cames in which he has found the back of the net for Barcelona.

Spanish full-backs made big impacts, with Sevilla's Coke and Arsenal's Nacho Monreal each getting onto the scoresheet and putting in solid defensive displays to boot.

Rounding out the Premier League representation are Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand and two less common inclusions - Southampton's Jay Rodriguez and Everton goalkeeper Jan Mucha.

And ex-Prem player Nuri Sahin reverted back to the form which underscored his initial spell at Borussia Dortmund with a brace and one assist as the Bundesliga champions brushed aside Freiburg.

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