Champions League Team Of The Round: Matchday Two runs through the best in show from the second set of fixtures...
Best Formation: 4-3-2-1


Lukasz Fabianski - Arsenal

The Poland international was given the chance to impress in the absence of Manuel Almunia, whose elbow injury meant he was taken out of the firing line. The 25-year-old came through his audition with flying colours and responded well to the faith shown in him by boss Arsene Wenger. His standout moment was an excellent save from Cleo's second half penalty. Could do nothing about Partizan's goal.


Darijo Srna - Shakhtar Donetsk

A second appearance in the Champions League team of the week for the Croatian right-back. The hardworking captain led by example when his side were outplayed by Braga in the opening phases before the Ukrainian team turned things around with a 3-0 away win. Always took the ball out of defence and helped out his attackers, but demonstrated good discipline by not leaving himself exposed at the back.

Mikael Antonsson - Copenhagen

The Swede was very assured and calm alongside Jorgensen at the back for Copenhagen as they recorded their maiden Champions League win. Antonsson was a rock and instrumental in the visitors' clean sheet and refusal to buckle in the second half. William Kvist and Dame Ndoye were also outstanding for the Danish champions, who have put themselves in a good position to qualify with six points from six. Now for Barcelona.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos - Schalke 04

The central defensive question is one of many that has been unresolved for Schalke so far this season but the new signing Papadopoulos took a great step towards becoming a permanent fixture in it with his display against Benfica. His positioning was superb, but it was his impeccable tackling that stole the show during the 2-0 win. A Bundesliga win and now a Champions League one; have the Royal Blues turned a corner?

Ashley Cole - Chelsea

Outstanding display from the England left-back during the Blues' routine 2-0 win over a subdued Marseille following his descent into mortality against Manchester City at the weekend. Imperious defensively and a big threat going forward, forming an irresitibile partnership with Florent Malouda.


Daniel De Rossi - Roma

The man who makes Roma tick. The Italy midfielder punched in a mature showing in the 2-1 win against Cluj, combining positional nous with technique and vision. It was his fantastic pass that set up Borriello for the second goal. His central midfield partner, David Pizarro, is worthy of a mention too.

Bastian Schweinsteiger - Bayern Munich

Man of the match and Bayern's saviour in their narrow 2-1 win away at Basel. Not the greatest first half but controlled play in the second. Took his penalty coolly and was in the right place at the right time for his winner. Invaluable for the Bavarians and their go-to man in the absence of Ribery.

Alex - Spartak Moscow

The Brazilian was at the heart of everything going forward for Spartak during their 3-0 rout of Zilina. He was unlucky not to score himself, coming close a number of times and striking the post. The skipper was the target of every second pass in the Zilina half and was well supported by Aiden McGeady, Ari and Welliton.

Rafael Van Der Vaart - Tottenham Hotspur

The very definition of a 'mixed bag' from the Netherlands international. A missed penalty, a superbly executed opening goal and an early bath after picking up two yellow cards in the 4-1 win against Twente. Greedy for the action, he was all over the pitch trying to create and had a ding-dong personal battle with keeper Mihaylov. His desire to thrill drifted into rashness and sending-off deserved. Nonetheless, he is now the man around whom Spurs should build.

Douglas Costa - Shakhtar Donetsk

Great pace, great footwork, but just did not see enough of the ball in the first half as he was played too far out wide for Shakhtar against Braga. However, he took on a more central role in the second half and the change worked wonders as he made two delightful, identical assists for Luiz Adriano before getting on the scoresheet himself from the spot. Delivering on his potential in Europe.


Samuel Eto'o - Inter

You can't keep a good man down. A hat-trick of goals and an assist in a 4-0 win over Werder Bremen. He was a major nuisance for the Germans' defence, who had no answer to the striker. An absolutely wonderful game from one of the world's leading front men. Diego Milito's status as San Siro darling is under threat.



Srna   Antonsson   Papadopoulos   Cole

   De Rossi   
Schweinsteiger     Alex

Van Der Vaart                        Douglas Costa