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Goal.com World Player of the Week #136: Mathieu Valbuena
Club: Olympique de Marseille
Achievement: Inspired Marseille to victory over Nancy
Olympique de Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena had a poor autumn but he regained a fresh breath of life when he scored the winning goal against Borussia Dortmund in their 3-2 away win in the Champions League in the first week of December that saw them progress to the last 16.
Since then, the 27-year-old has looked good and inspired Marseille to a similar comeback against Lorient last weekend, scoring the equaliser with five minutes to go and then setting up the winner in stoppage time in their 2-1 victory.
Then, on Tuesday, Valbuena scored again, this time against Nancy, and grabbed an assist in the 3-1 victory that saw Marseille continue with their improved form.
Congratulations to Mathieu Valbuena, Goal.com's 136th World Player of the Week!
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Jose Callejon - Real Madrid
Jose Callejon has emerged as one of the best utility players for Real Madrid this season and he was crucial for Los Blancos over the past week. The Spanish forward scored against Sevilla in their 6-2 away win in the Primera Division last weekend before being sacrificed after Pepe’s red card. The 24-year-old was again on target - twice this time - against Ponferradina in their 5-1 victory at home in the Copa del Rey.
Daniel Sturridge - Chelsea
Daniel Sturridge has been a revelation for Chelsea this season as his goals, youthful exuberance and quality have aided the Blues in the attacking department. The 22-year-old was again on hand in the London derby against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, as he scored the equaliser in their 1-1 draw in the Premier League.
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