Going with an attacking 3-4-3 formation this week.
Goalkeeper: Andres Fernandez (Osasuna) This 24 year old goalkeeper was the sole reason why Osasuna climbed to seventh spot in the La Liga with a 2-1 win over Real Betis. He was kept busy all night and was unbeaten in all but one occasion.
Right Center Back: Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid) The Uruguay international defender was the only defender who looked good in the weekend. Defended well all night and could not have done anything at all about the late goal.
Center Back: Pepe (Real Madrid) It will not be unfair to say that the Portuguese international is currently the best defender in the La Liga. Yet another assured display as Real romped home against Gijon at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. However, his real test comes this weekend against Barcelona.
Left Center Back: Marcelo (Real Madrid) An electrifying performance from the Brazilian international who showed how good he is. Was adept at defending all night – although Real had little to do. Was brilliant on the left flank alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and scored the third goal for Real which sealed the tie against Sporting Gijon.
Defensive Midfield: Papakouli Diop (Racing Santander) Man of the match against Villarreal on Saturday evening as he took control at the middle of the park The Yellow Submarine’s midfield trio of Borja Valero, Cani, and Bruno Soriano just could not get past this man, who made some brilliant passes to the forwards.
Left Central Midfield: Andres Iniesta (Barcelona) Although Iniesta has been in and out of the team of late with injury problems, he turned in a vintage performance this weekend. Passing looked like a perfected art as the Spanish international literally floated on the pitch to tear the Levante defence apart.
Right Central Midfield: Cesc Fabregas (Barcelona) An all action box to box type of display from the former Arsenal captain. Fabregas scored the opener for the Catalans with a precise shot from a difficult angle before heading home from Xavi’s inch perfect cross – not easy for a player of his height.
Right Wing: Angel di Maria (Real Madrid) He has become one of the mainstays in Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid team. The Argentine International has been phenomenal for the los blancos this season and he does not look to stop anytime soon. Scored a goal and created another against Gijon to help Real remain at the summit of the La Liga.
Left Wing: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) Definitely not one of his best games this season, but what is mediocre for this man is great for others. He kept causing all sorts of problems for Gijon, cutting in from the left, crossing the ball for a wasteful Gonzalo Higuain and playing some wonderful through-balls. Scored from close range after some wonderful work from di Maria.
Striker: Radamel Falcao (Atletico Madrid) The Colombian international striker, who was bought for 40 million Euros by Atletico this summer, returned from injury to pile on the misery for Rayo Vallecano. Made a goal and scored another goal to kill the tie shortly into the second half. With this man in the team, Atletico is a much better team.