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Champions League Team Of The Week

Best Formation: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper

Gianluigi Buffon - Juventus




Continues to live up to his reputation as the best goalkeeper in the world. Gigi produced a miracle save from Maccabi Haifa's Dvalishvili in the first minute and also made crucial late stop in injury time as his outfielders struggled for firepower.

Defence

Michal Zewlakow - Olympiacos


The versatile Polish defender makes it into our selection at right-back for his performance against Standard Liege. He opened a fine channel of communication with the live-wire Luciano Galletti and was rock solid throughout.

Michael Ciani - Bordeaux



On a tremendous matchday for Ligue 1 sides, Ciani was sensational, aside from his blip at the beginning of the game against Bayern Munich. The strapping centre-back dominated his territory and also scored the equalising goal with a deft back-heel.

Sebastien Squillaci - Sevilla



The overwhelming choice for man of the match during Sevilla's argument with Stuttgart. The Frenchman netted twice from set-pieces and provided a rigid stalwart in his side's back-line against the best VfB had to offer.

Pablo Daniel Brandan - Unirea Urziceni


The Argentinean was simply outstanding for the Romanian side against Rangers as Unirea thumped the Scots at Ibrox. He capped his performance with a goal but there was much more to the attacking wing-back's game than that.

Midfield

Gokdeniz Karadeniz - Rubin Kazan




The Turkey international scored 'the goal heard around the world' as the Russian champions toppled Barca on their own turf. Karadeniz best exemplified Rubin's fearlessness in the cauldron of Catalunya and took his breakaway goal with aplomb.

Kim Kallstrom - Lyon


The string-puller for OL on a winning night at Anfield against Liverpool.  The Sweden midfielder was elegant and calm in possession throughout and also sent off a few rangers towards Pepe Reina's goal. 

Antonio Valencia - Manchester United



The Red Devils' most potent attacking weapon on a low-key night in Moscow. The Ecuadorian provided dangerous crosses, hit the bar and ultimately scored the winner. Beginning to grow into his role at England's biggest club.

Attack

Hulk - Porto



The 'Incredible Hulk' was clinical for the equaliser against APOEL and cool from the penalty spot. In all honesty, he won the tie for his side almost single handedly. He showed well for the ball and created a number of chances too. A real threat.

Adrian Mutu - Fiorentina



Eyebrows were raised when he was announced in the starting line-up ahead of Jovetic, but Cesare Prandelli called it right as the Romanian produced an outstanding game in the win against Debrecen. The Romanian scored two, one an outstanding long range effort, and set up Gilardino for another.

Alexandre Pato - AC Milan



A real coming of age performance from the 'Duck'. He maintained his patience on a night when chances were limited and won the game with a well-guided volley at the death. His first goal was handed to him but he did enough to ensure nightmares for Marcelo for weeks to come.

Line-Up:

Buffon

Zewlakow       Ciani       Squillaci      Brandan

Karadeniz           Kallstrom           Valencia

Hulk       Mutu        Pato


Honourable Mentions:

Sergio Romero - AZ
Hans-Jorg Butt - Bayern Munich
Hugo Lloris - Lyon
Alessandro Nesta - AC Milan
Benoit Tremoulinas - Bordeaux
Ivica Dragutinovic - Sevilla
Fabio Grosso - Juventus
Cristian Ansaldi - Rubin Kazan
Martin Kelly - Liverpool
Dejan Stankovic - Inter
Diego Perotti - Sevilla
Aleksandr Ryazantsev - Rubin Kazan
Yossi Benayoun - Liverpool
Lucho Gonzalez - Marseille
Frank Lampard - Chelsea
Lassana Diarra - Real Madrid
Juan Manuel Vargas - Fiorentina
Clarence Seedorf - AC Milan
Luciano Galletti - Olympiacos
Mamadou Niang - Marseille
Salomon Kalou - Chelsea
Gergely Rudolf - Debrecen
Albero Gilardino - Fiorentina
Raul - Real Madrid
Artem Milevskiy - Dynamo Kyiv

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