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Champions League: Team Of The Round - Quarter-Finals First Leg

Best Formation: 4-4-2

Goalkeeper:

Hugo Lloris - Olympique Lyonnais

The France international could have conceded an early goal against Bordeaux after he made an error of judgement but he soon settled. He made a string of world-class saves - the best of which was a parry to repel Chamakh's effort in the second half. Once again staked his claim to be considered among the world's elite goalkeeping talent.



Defence:

Daniel Alves - Barcelona

Instrumental in Barca's masterclass against Arsenal. Displayed boundless energy in his attacking and defending, linking with his midfield well and put in his fair share of delectable crosses.

Alexei Berezutski - CSKA Moscow

The Russian international was dominant in the air against Inter at San Siro, keeping his composure when he was facing his own goal and he made a brilliant goalline clearance from Pandev to keep the score at 1-0. CSKA have one half of the Berezutski twins to thank for still being in this tie.

Walter Samuel - Inter

At the other end, with Lucio suspended, 'The Wall' was comfortable alongside Materazzi and prevented CSKA from having many opportunities. Another commanding performance from the Argentinian, who seems to be in the form of his life.

Holger Badstuber - Bayern Munich

The youngster showed maturity beyond his 20 years in Bayern's win against Manchester United. The full-back fed Ribery to fine effect and made things difficult for Nani. Looked more than comfortable on the ball as Bayern took over in the second half.



Midfield:

Mark van Bommel - Bayern Munich


The combative captain did his usual job of battling in the midfield, whilst showing himself once again to be a more than capable player on the ball. He was the main reason why Bayern were able to put their foot down in the second period against United and ultimately claim the victory, despite the absences of Arjen Robben and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Cesc Fabregas - Arsenal


What a gutsy performance from the Arsenal captain. He was a long way off full fitness and the game seemed to pass him by until the Gunners clawed their way back into it. Picked up a booking for a bad foul on Busquets, ensuring he misses the second leg, and showed guts to take the spot-kick to earn the draw. Inspirational stuff from Cesc in what could prove to be his 'Cup Final'.



Xavi - Barcelona

Relentlessly consistent all season, and the 2-2 draw at the Emirates was no exception. Executed a superb pull-back for Messi in the first half and constantly probed the opposition whenever he saw the ball, which was often. Played in the assist of the match for Zlatan's second goal with a quality through ball. Will be key in the second leg too.

Dejan Stankovic - Inter

Sterling performance from the midfielder, winning the ball back on countless occasions before driving forward from deep against CSKA - a far cry from his showing at the weekend.

Attack:

Lisandro Lopez - Olympique Lyonnais

Scored two goals and looked superb on several occasions against Bordeaux - the match-winner. He was the architect of a number of moves and attempted to send his team-mates through on goal on a few occasions too.



Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Barcelona

Has he finally proved himself to English observers? Took his goals extremely well, silencing his critics against Arsenal. Barca bought him specifically for occasions such as this match and while he did miss one sitter he more than made up for it with his second half strikes.

Line-Up:

Lloris

Alves    Berezutsky    Samuel    Badstuber

Van Bommel   Cesc   Xavi   Stankovic

Lisandro    Ibrahimovic



Honourable Mentions:


Ivica Olic, Franck Ribery - Bayern Munich

Wayne Rooney - Manchester United

Yoann Gourcuff - Girondins de Bordeaux

Aly Cissokho, Michel Bastos - Olympique Lyonnais

Nicolas Bendtner, Theo Walcott - Arsenal

Diego Milito - Inter

Igor Akinfeev - CSKA Moscow


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