Another fine weekend of Premier League action has passed with the usual dosage of shock results, superb performances and nail-biting drama.
There were plenty of goals and incidents as well a few individual which really shone so lets see who’s made it into this weekends Premier League Dream Team.
- GK Mark Schwarzer – Fulham
The veteran Australian keeper rolled back the years on Saturday with a sparkling performance between the sticks for Fulham in their match with Manchester City. Schwarzer pulled off several remarkable stops as he kept Fulham in the game for long periods, denying Silva and Aguero in the process.
The Fulham keeper did eventually surrender his clean sheet as it was impossible to keep out Aguero’s tap in and Dzeko’s winner, but Schwarzer showed enough to earn a place in the team of the week.
- DF Jan Vertonghen – Tottenham Hotspur
The stand-in left back epitomised all of the determination and attacking intent which brought Spurs’ their first victory at Old Trafford since 1989. Vertonghen’s second minute burst from left back set the tone of the match as he battered his way into the box before striking past Lindergaard and giving Tottenham a valuable lead.
It was a lead that they doubled soon after which set Spurs up for a famous victory. Vertonghen’s performance throughout was solid as he and the rest of the Tottenham defence worked extremely hard to hang on to victory.
- DF John Terry – Chelsea
It’s been yet another tumultuous week for John Terry but once again he showed how important he is to the Chelsea defence with an instrumental performance in their victory over Arsenal. The Chelsea captain marshaled his defence admirably throughout the game as the Blues secured a narrow victory at the Emirates.
His leadership, organisation and positioning was spot on throughout the game as the Chelsea defence managed to keep the gunners at arms length for much of the match. This was just another typically brilliant performance from John Terry and reminder of what England will have to replace at the heart of the defence.
- DF Titus Bramble – Sunderland
He was described by Martin O’Neill as a ‘collossus’ this weekend after his performance against Wigan and I don’t think there could be a better way to describe the Sunderland defender. His no nonsense and bullish approach to defending was a huge part of Sunderland’s 1-0 victory on Saturday as the Black Cats kept their second clean sheet of the season.
Bramble is one of those defenders that on his day can be as good as any in the Premier League, it’s just a shame that he is not consistent enough. Luckily though for Sunderland he put in a fantastic display that see’s him named in the team of the week.
- MD James Morrison – West Brom
The West Brom midfielder put in another tireless display on Sunday as the Baggies held on for a point in their derby match with Villa. His incredible work-rate was a key feature in West Brom’s performance as Morrison did a terrific job of linking the midfield to lone striker Shane long.
The Scotsman also set up Long’s goal in the second half as he darted in behind the Aston Villa defence, got to the byline and squared the ball across the goal for the Irishman to score. It was just a brilliant all round performance that West Brom would have struggled without.
- MD Paul Scholes – Manchester United
Although Saturday wasn’t a great day for Manchester United, it was certainly a good day for midfield crooner Paul Scholes. Now at the grand old age of 37, the Manchester United man is still showing everybody else how to play the game. His monopoly over second half possession in the Spur’s match was majestic as he almost directed yet another famous United comeback.
The simple passing and defence splitting through balls set the tempo of the second half as Scholes conducted a masterclass in midfield. Like a vintage wine, Scholesy seems to be getting better with age which is a worry for the rest of the Premier League.
- MD Juan Mata – Chelsea
This Spanish matador was the touch of class in Saturday’s London derby that eventually gave Chelsea the three points. His devilish pinpoint set piece deliveries had the Arsenal defence at sixes and sevens, leading to two goals and three points for the visitors.
Mata is ever so slowly taking over Frank Lampard as the playmaker in Chelsea’s midfield and his performance on Saturday will have many people spouting ‘Frank who?’. He finished the game with an assist and the winning goal as his inswinging free kick found it’s way into the bottom corner. It was just another truly classy display from the super Spaniard.
- MD Gareth Bale – Tottenham Hotspur
Another star of Spurs’ 2-3 victory over United on Saturday as the Welsh wizard was at times unplayable as he ripped through the home sides defence time and time again. Bale was involved in all three of Spurs’ goals as Fergie’s side really struggled to handle his relentless pace and dribbling.
It was Bale’s clever flick in the opening minutes that gave Vertonghen the time and space to run through and score and then the winger took it upon himself to race through the middle of the pitch and slot past Lindergaard for Tottenham’s second after just ten minutes.
The Welshman was even involved in the third goal as he saw his shot parried into the path of Clint Dempsey which was enough to take the three points. It was a truly sparkling performance from Bale who was a great outlet for Spurs’ as United just couldn’t cope with him.
- FW Demba Ba – Newcastle United
It was another sterling performance from Demba Ba this weekend as his double strike at Reading helped Newcastle grab a valuable point after falling behind twice. The Senegalese striker’s future has been a major talking point over the last few weeks but it didn’t seem to affect him on the pitch as dug the Magpies out of a hole with two more goals.
The first was simply sublime as Newcastle quickly responded to going behind when Tiote lobbed the ball over the top of the Reading defence and Ba lashed in the volley from the edge of the penalty area as the ball came over his shoulder.
It was quite a remarkable goal and so was Ba’s second strike, although for completely different reasons as he turned in Shane Ferguson’s cross using his hand which the officials failed to spot. Ba was once again ruthless in front of goal and was close to nabbing a hatrick in this fine display.
- FW Luis Suarez – Liverpool
It was another quite brilliant performance at Carrow Road again from Luis Suarez this weekend as he matched the hatrick he scored there last season and even added an assist this time. The Uruguayan was instrumental in Liverpool’s 2-5 victory over Norwich as he terrorized the defence from the off.
Suarez found the net after just two minutes when he cut in from the left and struck into the bottom corner with ease. Suarez then had time to tease the crowd before grabbing his second as he quickly picked himself up from a poor miss to pinch the ball from Michael Turner and silence the Norwich crowd with shaped shot with the outside of his foot.
His movement up front never relented and was instrumental in setting up Sahin for Liverpools fourth and then grabbed his hatrick with a placed shot from the edge of the area. It was a perfect performance from Suarez as he led the line brilliantly and took his chances emphatically.
- FW Fernando Torres – Chelsea
The Spaniard has found it tough to live up to the £50million price tag but this season he is looking back to his best. Torres netted the opener against Arsenal and was a constant threat all afternoon as pulled and stretched the defence with his clever movement and tireless workrate.
His goal showed the kind of predatory instincts that were present in the glory days at Liverpool as he managed to turn the ball home on the volley while being wrestled by Laurent Koscielny.
He led the line as effectively as Chelsea favourite Didier Drogba but in a totally different way as he was always providing a passing option for Mata, Hazard and Oscar. If this performance is anything to go by, Premier League defenders should be starting to get worried.
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