Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Spanish La Liga Team of the Week: Gameweek 7

Team of the Week

GK: Javier Varas (Sevilla)
If not for Varas, there was absolutely no way that Sevilla could have managed their 2-1 win over Sporting Gijon, as the custodian proved to be a human wall against the Gijon attack.
He stopped their opponents from notching a crucial equalizer just ahead of the break, stopping both Barral and Oscar Trejo's efforts, but was unlucky to concede in the second half. 
Even at the death, Varas showed great concentration to deny Andre Castro and Alberto Botia, and deserves to be on this list for his goalkeeping masterclass.
CB: Carles Puyol (Barcelona)
The veteran Catalan was unlucky to miss the scoresheet in their 3-0 win over Racing Santander, as the ball bounced off him instead of falling into the net from Pedro's over-weighted cut-back, but make no mistake, Puyol put up a defensive performance that belied his years.
This was despite losing defensive partner Gerard Pique falling victim to an hamstring injury after just nine minutes.
CB: Sergio Ballesteros (Levante)
The fact that Levante is punching above their weight, joint top of La Liga with Barcelona, who have a spending budget over 20 times theirs, is all down to the 36-year-old, who is having an Indian summer at the club he began his career with more than a decade ago.
With an combined age of 346 in the Levante starting line-up against Malaga, there was much experience in their ranks, which was epitomized by Ballesteros, who hardly put a foot wrong to help his side keep a clean sheet against Malaga.
CB: Efrain Juarez (Real Zaragoza)
Once again, another player that is being watched by scouts from all the top sides around the world- Juarez put up another overlapping masterclass to help Real Zaragoza to a 2-0 win over Real Sociedad.
His cross for Helder Postiga to score with an overhead kick was amazing, and the Mexican showed his class with several strong defensive moves, as well as put in a hard day's shift in the opponent's half as well.
DM: Javi Marquez (Espanyol)
Marquez was very unlucky to be at the wrong end of a defeat by Rayo Vallecano, as his Espanyol side failed to score despite his best efforts. 
The midfielder pulled the strings in midfield with Joan Verdu with such quality, but for some woeful finishing, Marquez should have walked off a winner in the fixture.
AM: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
Two goals from the brilliant Argentine, and Messi moves up to second on the Catalan's club's list of all time scorers. 
All this at 24?Simply amazing. I don't need to say anymore.
LW: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
The Portuguese played a blinder against Real Betis, teasing and tormenting his markers, and also showed his detractors he was more than capable of team play when he raced past Chica, but took the unselfish option of playing in Higuain to score, rather than blast in the ball himself.
RW: Iker Muniain (Athletic Bilbao)
The 18-year-old showed why so many of Europes big clubs are tracking the Basque winger, as Muniain led Athletic Bilbao to a 3-1 win over Osasuna to leapfrog their opponents in the La Liga standings.
The classy winger scored his side's opener, and also managed to get Osasuna's Lemah sent-off, and had a good all round performance.
ST: Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid)The Argentine is on fire! Three hat-tricks in four matches would make any striker glowing with pride, and Higuain must certainly be bursting into flame, as the striker notched the treble against Real Betis, scoring from acute angles, and deft chips.
ST: Arouna Kone (Levante)His goal against Malaga was his first La Liga goal in four years, and only his second ever.
Sure, it came from a couple of rebounds and a mistake that Malaga custodian Ruben will want to forget, but still, for breaking his duck- he gets on this list.
ST: Helder Postiga (Real Zaragoza)
The Portuguese scored his first goals since arriving from Sporting Lisbon, and showed why Real Zaragoza was so keen on him with an amazing overhead kick from the edge of the penalty box that left fans standing and the opponents flabbergasted. 
What was amazing was how he twisted his body to connect with Efrain Juarez's cross to hit it into the top corner from 15 yards.

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