Team of the Week – Week 2

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Goalkeeper

Thibaut CourtoisCourtois

There has been much talk of Jose Mourinho’s decision to replace club legend Petr Cech with Thibault Courtois between the sticks for Chelsea this season but it is fair to say that the young man is more than justifying his selection.

In a tough clash against Leicester City, the Belgian international spared Chelsea’s blushes with two fine saves from David Nugent when the scores were tied at 0-0 and undoubtedly played a key role in helping the Blues on their way to victory.

Defence

Aly CissokhoCissokho

After a poor debut season in the Premier League with Liverpool last year, defender Aly Cissokho has been really coming into the fore this time around with Aston Villa.

Slotting in superbly well into the left back position, Cissokho helped Villa to another fine clean sheet against Newcastle United and with his presence in the side – the Villans all of a sudden look a solid defensive unit.

Curtis DaviesDavies

Hull City found their backs against the wall early into the game against Stoke after James Chester was sent off in the first 15 minutes of the match.

However, led by the brilliant Curtis Davies, the Tigers put in a heroic performance to earn a credible draw despite playing majority of the game with a man disadvantage.

It could have easily been a win for Hull if it were not for an unfortunate goal conceded at the end but manager Steve Bruce would have undoubtedly been proud of Davies’ display.

Wes BrownBrown

Despite Manchester United looking out of sorts at the moment, playing against the likes of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata is never going to be easy.

As a result, veteran defender Wes Brown’s performance against his former club was worthy of a lot of praise.

The 34-year old displayed wonderful class to negate the threat posed by the United attack and played a huge role in helping his side to a well deserved point.

Branislav IvanovicIvanovic

Although a big and burly defender, Branislav Ivanovic is an absolute joy to watch whenever he makes his marauding runs down the wings and it was his trademark burst down the right which allowed Chelsea to earn the breakthrough in a tough clash against Leicester City.

With Chelsea not playing particularly well, Ivanovic popped up in the opposition area before swiveling past a few defenders and laying the ball on a plate for Diego Costa to score. Apart from his important contribution in front of goal, the Serb was as solid as ever at the back as well.

Midfield

Erik LamelaLamela

A much maligned figure throughout last season, Erik Lamela seems to be thriving under new Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino this time around and the Argentine star put in a wonderful show to plot the downfall of Queens Park Rangers this week.

Playing with a remarkable aura of confidence and skill, Lamela was simply brilliant throughout the game and is certainly heading into the right path to justifying his £30million price tag.

FernandoFernando

While not the most eye catching of Manchester City’s recruits over the years, Brazilian midfielder Fernando could prove to be one of the most important one on the basis of early showing.

A rock at the heart of the midfield, Fernando put another fine performance to help City to a comfortable win over title rivals Liverpool.

The 27-year old did not allow the creative Liverpool midfielders much time to settle in and on the other side of the spectrum – allowed City’s flair players to play with a lot of freedom.

Cheikhou KouyateChekou

Likened to the great Patrick Vieira by manager Sam Allardyce, West Ham United’s Cheikhou Kouyate certainly looks like he will be an integral part of the Hammers’ side this season.

After impressing in the opener against Spurs, Kouyate put in another dominating performance in midfield against Crystal Palace and helped Allardyce’s side to their first victory of the campaign.

Nacer ChadliChadli

Much like Lamela, winger Nacer Chadli needs to prove his doubters wrong this season and he could not have got off to a better start after scoring a fine brace in the 4-0 thumping of Queens Park Rangers.

The Belgian international displayed a potent streak in front of goal to convert his chances in a classy manner and seems to be another player flourishing under Pochettino.

Attack

Stevan JoveticJovetic

After an injury plagued season last year, Stevan Jovetic finally enjoyed a good pre-season under his belt this time around and his class is beginning to show.

The Montenegrin now looks a threat whenever he is on the ball and it was his two goals which put Liverpool to the sword last night.

Apart from his brilliant finishing ability, Jovetic works very hard for his team and looks set to be an asset in City’s title defence.

Olivier GiroudGiroud

While not everyone appreciates Giroud’s contribution, there is no denying that the Frenchman can impact a football game. 2-0 down against Everton at half time, it seemed like Arsenal had no chance of launching a comeback.

However, following the introduction of Giroud after the interval, the pendulum of the match swung in the Gunners’ favour and the striker helped his side to a fine comeback.

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