European Team of the Week: Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery in a Class of His Own

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European Team of the Week: Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery in a Class of His Own

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European Team of the Week: Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery in a Class of His Own
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Franck Ribery’s performance for Bayern Munich in the 5-0 thumping of Eintracht Frankfurt means he is WhoScored.com’s player of the week. The Frenchman was in impressive form once again as he grabbed himself a goal and an assist in the win, while completing an impressive five dribbles in the victory.

He’s joined in the midfield by team-mate Thiago Alcantara as a result of his displays against VfB Stuttgart and Eintracht, where he netted and registered an assist.

However, it was his passing against the latter that won him the plaudits this weekend, with his 158 attempted passes the most by any player in a single match in Europe’s top-five leagues this season. Moreover, Thiago was able to pick out a team-mate with 148 of those, the most in Europe’s big five since Xavi completed the same number against Mallorca for Barcelona in November 2012.

Schalke’s Kevin-Prince Boateng partners Thiago in the middle of the pitch as a result of his match-winning performance against Wolfsburg, after he scored and provided an assist in their 2-1 win on Saturday.

PSG’s Lucas Moura ensures that it isn’t an all-Bundesliga midfield after the Brazilian was on hand to register both assists in a 2-0 win over Bordeaux to reaffirm their title credentials.

Roberto Firmino earned himself a perfect 10 in Hoffenheim’s 3-0 victory at the expense of Hamburg, with the Brazilian netting one goal and assisting another, and also completing 10 successful dribbles.

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Vito Mannone

German Denis joins Firmino in attack after the 32-year-old put the Napoli back line to the sword with two goals and an assist in Atalanta’s 3-0 win.

At left-back, Andreas Beck also impressed for Hoffenheim with a goal in the encounter. The 26-year-old was a constant threat from deep, with 39 percent of their attacks coming down the left flank, while he helped his side keep a clean sheet in the fixture.

Braunschweig’s Benjamin Kessel put in a notable performance, despite turning out for the losing team in the 2-1 defeat to Borussia Dormund.

Kessel netted the equaliser for his side and saw his defensive attributes tested during the match. Thirty seven percent of Dortmund’s attacks came down their left side, the highest proportion, but the right-back was able to deal with the offensive threat of Jurgen Klopp’s team, making five interceptions and two tackles.

Dante is the third Bayern player to make WhoScored.com’s team of the week following his displays against Stuttgart and Eintracht where he netted one, won 11 aerial duels and made 13 clearances over the two matches.

Jose Fonte completes the back line following good back-to-back displays for Southampton. The centre-back headed the opener in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal and was imperious in their 3-0 win over Fulham, making 19 clearances over 180 minutes, demonstrating his ability to be in the right place at the right time to help relieve pressure on the Saints goal.

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In between the sticks and making up the XI is Vito Mannone, after the Italian registered consecutive clean sheets against Stoke and Newcastle. Making 15 saves over the two games, Mannone has contributed significantly to Sunderland’s rise up the table and is currently WhoScored.com’s highest-rated goalkeeper (7.24) in the Premier League after establishing himself as the Black Cats’ No. 1.

All statistics courtesy of WhoScored.com, where you can find yet more stats, including live in-game data and unique player and team ratings.

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