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Champions League Team Of The Week: Matchday 4

Best Formation: 4-4-2


Allan McGregor - Rangers

On a sodden night in Bucharest, the Scottish goalkeeper was magnificent, conjuring save after save as Unirea Urziceni tested him from distance. He held out until the very last minute when Onofras trumped him with a majestic strike.


Sergio Ramos - Real Madrid

A fine display was punched in by the marauding Spaniard against AC Milan at San Siro. Ramos was adventurous when appropriate and marshalled Ronaldinho well. Infinitely better than his lamentable showing a fortnight previous.

Lucio - Inter

Inter's back-from-the-dead display against Dynamo Kiev was epitomised best by the barrel-chested Brazilian defender. His character and determination shone through as the Italian champions finally won a game in the Champions League. Inspirational showing.

Roman Sharonov - Rubin Kazan

The haggard centre-back was a rock in the Rubin defence as the Russian champions shut out Barcelona. Kurban Berdyev's side have a competitive edge which has its origins in a well-drilled defensive line. Alongside Cesar Navas, Sharonov forms part of a formidable unit.

Juan Manuel Vargas - Fiorentina

Named as a left-back in this line-up for expediency only. The Peruvian has established himself as one of the most effective left-sided midfield players in Europe and was his usual dynamic self, providing two assists, as Fiorentina hammered Debrecen.


Benoit Cheyrou - Olympique Marseille

Capped his evening with a brilliant strike from distance against FC Zurich. The central midfielder remains one of the most under-rated players in France, and arguably, on the continent on the whole. Showed much class in possession and rarely wasted a pass on a dominant evening for OM.

Massimo Ambrosini - AC Milan

Had to shake out his pockets as he left San Siro on Tuesday night to make sure Kaka was not still in there. The Rossoneri skipper was dominant in midfield, in terms of passing and tackling, against Real Madrid and perhaps shaded the duel against the immense Lassana Diarra.

Cesc Fabregas - Arsenal

Just pips his Arsenal colleague, Andrey Arshavin, to a place in this selection. Cesc provided two goals, ran the midfield and relished his role as the Gunners' fulcrum as Arsene Wenger's side blew Dutch side, AZ away.

Zvjezdan Misimovic - Wolfsburg

Yet another man of the match outing for the playmaker. The Bosnia and Herzegovina international scored a beautiful opener, played in Dzeko in the build-up to Gentner's strike, and assisted Dzeko for the third. Creativity aside, the 27-year-old displays exceptional control as part of his team's engine room.


Didier Drogba - Chelsea

Is he the best striker in the world? He's certainly worth a nomination. The Ivorian captain scored a brace, the second a brilliant solo effort, and saw another chance pushed onto the post. As well as that, he also pitched in defensively as the Blues came under pressure at Atletico Madrid. Back to his brilliant best in Europe after missing the first three fixtures at this level. Awesome.
Mamadou Niang - Olympique Marseille

The Senegalese striker was the best player on the park as OM raced away from FC Zurich at the Stade Velodrome. Indefatigable down the left flank, he was a handful over the course of the match. Scored one and set-up another, it really was a world class performance.



Ramos      Lucio      Sharonov      Vargas

Cheyrou      Ambrosini

Fabregas                 Misimovic

Drogba          Niang

Honourable Mentions:

Raul Bravo - Olympiacos
Lassana Diarra, Marcelo - Real Madrid
Milos Krasic, Alan Dzagoev - CSKA Moscow
Wesley Sneijder - Inter
Lucas Leiva - Liverpool
Diego - Juventus
Yoann Gourcuff, Alou Diarra - Bordeaux
Ronaldinho, Alexandre Pato - AC Milan
Andrey Arshavin - Arsenal
Marco Marchionni, Adrian Mutu - Fiorentina
Fabrice Abriel - Olympique Marseille
Edin Dzeko - Wolfsburg
Alejandro Dominguez - Rubin Kazan
Milan Jovanovic, Dieumerci Mbokani - Standard Liege
Andrei Shevchenko - Dynamo Kyiv
Sergio Aguero - Atletico Madrid