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Champions League Team of the Week: Messi, Costa, Turan & Kompany Star

Sam TigheWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterMarch 13, 2014

Champions League Team of the Week: Messi, Costa, Turan & Kompany Star

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    Welcome to the latest edition of our UEFA Champions League Team of the Week!

    Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich are the first four teams who have secured passage to the quarterfinals, setting up a slew of potentially mouth-watering ties.

    Which players did themselves proud on a personal level this week? Read on to find out! 

GK: Lukasz Fabianski, Arsenal

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    With apologies to Salvatore Sirigu, who saved a penalty, Lukasz Fabianski takes top spot in our Team of the Week this time.

    The Arsenal No. 2 did his free-agency stock no harm, stopping five shots and saving a penalty of his own. He's reliable claiming crosses and holds on to shots rather than spilling them.

    The Allianz Arena can be a daunting place to go, but the Pole wasn't fussed. 

RB: Dani Alves, Barcelona

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    Dani Alves was a roaming, marauding threat once again for Barcelona against Manchester City.

    He completed three dribbles, surging forward with regularity and at times venturing into the centre of the pitch and winning dangerous free-kicks.

    The Brazilian scored a beautiful 90th-minute goal to seal a win on the night and a win on aggregate. 

CB: Vincent Kompany, Manchester City

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    Vincent Kompany put in a real captain's performance on Wednesday night, leading his team to the Camp Nou in hope of turning a two-goal deficit around.

    He was ominous in defence, powerful in the tackle and made it to every challenge first. When he's in that mood, he can be one of the most physically dominant players in the world.

    His goal capped off a strong showing. 

CB: Diego Godin, Atletico Madrid

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    Diego Godin is the first of several impressive Atletico Madrid players on our team this week.

    He won 100 percent of his aerials, as is par for the course with the Uruguayan, and essentially nullified Mario Balotelli all evening long.

    The Italian striker didn't get a sniff over two legs, and there's only one reason for it. 

LB: Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenal

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    Thomas Vermaelen has had a torrid season after losing his place to Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, but his performance at left-back against Bayern Munich was excellent.

    The German outfit continually worked it down his side, looked to enter the box and stretch the pitch by hitting the byline through Arjen Robben. TV5, however, stood up to everything that came his way.

    Much credit is deserved. 

CM: Gabi, Atletico Madrid

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    As usual, captain fantastic Gabi put in a super showing to help Atletico Madrid's midfield find a way past Milan.

    He continues to surprise each week as his consistency reaches new levels, and his defensive effort in leading los Colchoneros' odd 4-4-2 midfield is vital.

    He totaled five tackles, an assist and hit the woodwork. An all-round performance.

CM: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Arsenal

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    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a weapon for Arsenal, and his recent performances have left the club's fans wondering just how much he'd have progressed this season had he not injured his knee back in August.

    He's making up for lost time with aplomb, in any case, powerfully dribbling through players and putting his team on his shoulder at times.

    Having a fierce, weaving threat on the ground in the centre is key in modern football. 

Wing: James Milner, Manchester City

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    Far from the conventional choice, but James Milner put in a seriously impressive showing at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

    He played from the left and had a vital hand in dipping inside to create central overloads, was very reliable with the ball in key areas and worked some strong opportunities.

    England hopes for a similar showing this summer. 

Wing: Arda Turan, Atletico Madrid

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    Arda Turan's epic season continued as he netted the second goal of Atletico Madrid's 4-1 win over Milan.

    The Turk's statistics make for excellent reading and prove what an all-round, work-hungry player he's become. In addition to his strike, he totaled three tackles, tracking the Rossoneri playmakers back down the left wing. 

CF: Lionel Messi, Barcelona

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    Lionel Messi was essentially left to win the game on his own on Wednesday, and the Argentine didn't exactly look thrilled with the responsibility.

    His mesmeric dribbling was fully on show again, in any case. After hitting the post in the second half, he found the back of the net soon after.

    The chipped finish was unbelievable. 

ST: Diego Costa, Atletico Madrid

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    Atletico Madrid were inspired by Diego Costa after Milan initially matched them on Tuesday.

    He scored the winner at San Siro in the first leg and bagged a brace to lead los Colchoneros past the Rossoneri here, converting a shot with either foot.

    His first, after three minutes, ended most Milan hopes.

     

     

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