La Liga Team Of The Week: Round 29: Dani Alves Rocket Aids Barcelona, Marvellous Mesut Oezil On Form For Real Madrid

Goal.com rounds up the best performances from jornada 29 of the Primera Division...
The gap at the Primera Division summit remains five points after both Real Madrid and Barcelona recorded 2-1 wins in round 29.

The Blaugrana made hard work of their victory over Getafe, with Dani Alves the standout performer, while German duo Sami Khedira and Mesut Oezil dominated the midfield as Los Blancos took the derby spoils against rivals Atletico.

Elsewhere, Villarreal moved back into third thanks to a wonderful Marco Ruben header, while Osasuna achieved the most emphatic win of the round, hammering Hercules 4-0 in Alicante.

Goal.com has picked the performances of the week, and arranged the team into a 4-3-3 formation.

Formation: 4-3-3


Goalkeeper - Javi Varas (Sevilla)

Player Rating: 8.5 (vs Valencia)
TOTW Apps
: 3

In a match where both sides created numerous opportunities, Varas made a string of fantastic stops from the likes of Roberto Soldado, Jonas and Tino Costa. His save from Juan Mata, where he palmed the Spaniards lob onto the crossbar, was inspired.


Right-Back - Dani Alves (Barcelona)

Player Rating: 8.0 (vs Getafe)
TOTW Apps
: 1

In what was a low-key victory from the Blaugrana, the highlight of the match came when the Brazilian fired home a stunning right foot half-volley that flashed into the corner of the net, to mark an excellent all-round display against the Azulones.


Centre-back - Carlos Marchena (Villarreal)

TOTW Apps: 3

Villarreal have struggled for form on the road of late, but emerged from San Mames with an impressive 1-0 win over Bilbao, and had their experienced World Cup winner to thank for shackling the threat of Fernando Llorente, to claim a well-earned clean sheet.


Centre-back - Julien Escude (Sevilla)

Player Rating: 7.0 (vs Valencia)
TOTW Apps: 1

Sevilla were made to work extremely hard to earn the points at the Mestalla, and the experienced stopper threw his body in the way of countless attacks from the hosts in order to preserve their clean sheet, and ensure they returned to Andalucia with the points.










Left-Back - Nacho Monreal (Osasuna)

TOTW Apps
: 1

The highly-rated full-back has only recently returned from injury, but captured admiring glances as the men from Pamplona recorded a stunning 4-0 win against Hercules, advancing regularly from defence and providing an assist to boot.
Midfield - Sami Khedira (Real Madrid)

Player Ratings 7.0 (vs Atletico Madrid)
TOTW Apps: 2

The German has lacked confidence slightly in his recent outings for Los Blancos, but stood up to the Atletico Madrid midfield with a battling display, and his neat flick through to Karim Benzema helped to fashion the opening goal.


Midfield - Mesut Oezil (Real Madrid)

Player Rating: 8.5 (v Atletico Madrid)
TOTW Apps
: 7

The classy German is already a candidate for player of the year in Spain, and turned in another superb display in the derby defeat of Atletico. Always looking to be creative, and his goal was just reward for his efforts.


Midfield - Krisztian Vadocz (Osasuna)

TOTW Apps: 1

Performance of the week came from Osasuna in their 4-0 thumping of Hercules in Alicante, and their Hungarian creator not only had a hand in one of the goals, but also managed to find the net with a well-taken effort.

Forward - Jose Rondon (Malaga)

TOTW Apps: 2

The Venezuelan striker struck a deadly double to down Espanyol and give Malaga's hopes of retaining their Primera Division status a massive boost. In the absence of the injured Julio Baptista, the 21-year-old came to the fore, and was the stand-out star for Manuel Pellegrini's men.


Forward - Marco Ruben (Villarreal)

TOTW Apps: 1

The Argentine striker replaced the injured Nilmar for the Yellow Submarines, and duly proved himself to be the difference maker, leaping highest to power home a fantastic header that give Gorka Iraizoz absolutely no chance.


Forward - Giovani Dos Santos (Racing)

TOTW Apps: 2

The Mexican winger's loan move from Tottenham has proven to be productive for both Racing and the player himself, and the diminutive attacker's superb display against Real Sociedad helped the Verdiblancos to another crucial three points, getting his name on the scoresheet, too.

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