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Champions League Team Of The Week: Matchday 5

Best Formation: 4-5-1

Goalkeeper

Rustu Recber - Besiktas




The veteran was kept busy by the Manchester United attack and performed exceptionally well when called upon. Used his experience to rally the defence in front of him during a memorable win for Besiktas. In the latter stages, he saved superbly from Brown and Macheda.

Defence

Dani Alves - Barcelona




Was not troubled defensively by Inter's limp forces but was nonetheless exceptional on the right flank as the Blaugrana dominated at Camp Nou. The former Sevilla captain provided the cross that led to Pedro's goal and the Brazilian overshadowed his compatriot, and Selecao rival, Maicon.

Gerard Pique - Barcelona



He looked strong in central defence during the Inter encounter, making some key interventions and scored the opener for his side. Had a fantastic evening and continues to embellish his burgeoning reputation as one of Europe's finest defenders.

Roman Sharonov - Rubin Kazan




The Rubin warhorse capped a fine week, in which the side coached by Gurban Berdyev claimed the Russian title, with another Champions League clean sheet. Sharonov battled gamely throughout the encounter against Dynamo Kyiv and was in the wars after clashing heavily with Ninkovic.

Benoit Tremoulinas - Bordeaux



The home-town boy defended well against Juventus, frustrating Camoranesi, and ran the left flank with vigour and enthusiasm all night. The full-back always managed to locate space in the attacking third and looks to be another in a long line of impressive French left-sided defenders.

Midfield

Aliaksandr Hleb - VfB Stuttgart




The VfB attacker terrorised the Rangers rearguard from all angles during the 2-0 win, coming up with pass after pass to unlock the Scottish side. Stuttgart have yet to get going this season but progress will be dependent on the form of the Belarusian.

Edouard Cisse - Marseille




An expert display in the centre of the field against Milan gave OM the platform to play well inside the Rossoneri half.  Cisse, a Champions League finalist, broke up play with minimal fuss and also launched attacks for his side with accurate passing.

Cesc Fabregas - Arsenal




Arsenal played most of the game against Standard Liege in the Belgian side's half, with Song, Nasri and Arshavin all impressing again. However, the place in this line-up goes to captain Fabregas, who again set the tempo for the win with an industrious display.

Milos Krasic - CSKA Moscow



A superb individual display against Wolfsburg was capped by a sublime strike which ultimately decided the game and put the Army Men in with a shout of the knock-out rounds. His goal was a rich reward for a fine night's work which no doubt got the attention of scouts across Europe.

Pedro - Barcelona



The youngster has made Barcelona's left side his own. An absolute joy to watch, the 22-year-old scored a wonderful goal against Inter, crafted a number of good crosses and at times made Maicon and Javier Zanetti look like amateurs. One wonders why Barcelona wanted to buy David Silva in the summer when they have an absolute gem in Pedro.

Attack

Marouane Chamakh - Bordeaux




The Moroccan led the Girondins line extremely well and stretched Juve's defence all over the pitch when he wasn't in possession. He made a nuisance of himself, winning numerous free kicks and was eventually rewarded with a goal of his own at the death.

Line-Up:

Rustu

Alves    Pique    Sharonov    Tremoulinas

Hleb    Fabregas    Cisse    Krasic    Pedro

Chamakh


Pedro rushes to Dani Alves after the young Barca attacker nets against Inter

Honourable Mentions:

Allan McGregor - Rangers
Sebastian Frey, JM Vargas, Mario Santana - Fiorentina
Oleksandr Shovkovskiy, Ayila Yussuf, Dynamo Kyiv
Sergio Ramos, Kaka, Marcelo, Gonzalo Higuain - Real Madrid
Yuri Zhirkov, Florent Malouda - Chelsea
Holger Badstuber, Mark van Bommel, Ivica Olic - Bayern Munich
Carles Puyol, Xavi - Barcelona
Fabian Ernst - Besiktas
Zdravko Kuzmanovic - VfB Stuttgart
Samir Nasri - Arsenal
Alou Diarra, Fernando - Bordeaux
Gabriel Obertan - Manchester United
Mamadou Niang - Marseille
David Ngog - Liverpool

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