UEFA.com’s Champions League team of the week

7 Apr

Goalkeeper: Diego Benaglio (Wolfsburg)
Enjoyed a quiet game with Wolfsburg’s forwards dominant throughout the 2-0 win against Real Madrid but his timely save to deny Cristiano Ronaldo may prove crucial.

Defender: Lucas Hernández (Atlético Madrid)
Showed superb anticipation and athleticism up against Barcelona’s attacking triumvirate and made several crucial challenges that helped keep ten-man Atlético in the tie.

Defender: Dante (Wolfsburg)
A disciplined performance from Dante, who got his body in the way of everything Madrid threw at his side.

Defender: Ricardo Rodriguez (Wolfsburg)
One of the reasons Wolfsburg were so dominant down the left, he also stepped up to score the opening goal from the penalty spot.

Defender: Juan Bernat (Bayern München)
His energy was one of the reasons Benfica spent so much time inside their own half in Bayern’s 1-0 win. He linked up neatly with the returning Franck Ribéry on the left and supplied a perfect cross for Arturo Vidal’s goal.

Midfielder: Thiago Motta (Paris Saint-Germain)
Acting as a shield to the Paris defence and the fulcrum in their passing approach, the midfielder ensured City’s playmakers had little joy despite his team being held to a 2-2 draw.

Midfielder: Fernandinho (Manchester City)
Fulfilled his box-to-box role superbly, breaking up Paris attacks before launching himself forward to score City’s equaliser having already claimed an assist for Kevin De Bruyne’s opening goal.

Midfielder: Arturo Vidal (Bayern München)
With Bayern’s forwards marked tightly throughout, Vidal’s late runs into the penalty area made the difference, most notably via his early header.

Forward: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
With just 57 minutes of football under his belt after a two-month injury lay-off, the Belgian international was full of running and capped that with a driving run into the box before a trademark finish for the tie’s opening goal.

Forward: Luis Suárez (Barcelona)
A pair of predatory strikes in the 2-1 comeback win took his tally to eight competition goals in as many games and he was a danger to Atlético’s defence throughout as he sought openings to penetrate their backs-to-the-wall resistance.

Forward: Maximilian Arnold (Wolfsburg)
A constant threat in behind a weary Madrid defence, Arnold’s positioning and clever runs created space for his team-mates on several occasions. He also finished Wolfsburg’s wonderfully-worked second goal.


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