Sunday, 13 February 2011

Team of the Weekend & Performances of the Weekend

Team of the Weekend

Formation: 4-4-2

Some of you maybe surprised that a certain Wayne Rooney isn't leading the line after his fantastic goal against Manchester City. Its a decent shout. But for me Wayne Rooney went missing for large parts of the Manchester derby. While Robin Van Persie and Demba Ba were continuous threats against their respected oppositions. Both strikers had a number of attempts on goals and both scored a brace. The inclusion of Theo Walcott in this team may come as a bit of a surprise for some. Of course, he missed a sitter against Wolves. But he was constantly worrying Wolves. With his sheer pace and fantastic dribbling skills. Walcott played a crucial role in Arsenal's fantastic second goal. His typically unselfish final ball lead to the second Arsenal goal.

Ryan Giggs in central midfield? I here you questioning me. I thought Ryan Giggs was a calming influence for Man United. He simply had to be in the team of the week. He really led by example. Ryan Giggs even at the ripe age of 37, showed he can be a complete handful. His dribbling skills were continuously worrying the Man City defence. His experience stood out, as his composed passes lead to Man United progressing forward. Giggs' played a vital role in the opening goal. As his lovely first time ball for Nani, allowed the Portuguese star to clinically finish.

Chris Smalling had a good game against Man City too. The fact Tevez hardly had a sniff of the ball suggests the fine job done by Smalling and Vidic. Smalling showed he has the ability and the nerve to preform in the big games. Fair play to the lad.

Game of the weekend - West Brom 3 v 3 West Ham - What is with the Premier League these days! Everybody seems to be coming back from the dead! This game was most definitely a game of two halves. The Hammers started the game poorly. Within 8 minutes they were two down. The first West Brom goal was a brilliant long range shot from Graham Dorrans. The other two West Brom goals were simply woeful defending from the Hammers. Especially the third goal. West Ham were void of any character or inspiration in the first half. However, West Ham in the second half played far more attacking and played with more hunger and desire. Demba Ba was on a livewire for West Ham and made a telling difference scoring two vital goals. The introduction of Frederic Piquionne made a big difference for the Hammers. At times West Brom simply couldn't cope with him. He assisted West Ham's second goal. West Ham will be relieved they managed to gain one point from this game, after witnessing such a shocking first half. But the Baggies will be kicking themselves for throwing away a 3 goal lead against a fellow relegation candidate.

szólj hozzá: We3-3We

Shock result of the week - There weren't that many shocking results this week. But I'm sure Harry Redknapp will be pleased with his team's away win at Sunderland. Redknapp rotated his side. Leaving out the likes of Crouch, Lennon, Van der Vaart. Sunderland took the lead thanks to a well taken goal by Gyan. But the resilience of Spurs shone through. As they managed to turn the game around and grab a vital away win, against a very good Sunderland side. What will please Spurs is that they left out some important players out and still had enough quality to see off Sunderland. The win also keeps Spurs in serious contention for the Champions League spots.

Player of the week - Nani (Manchester United) - Nani is having a fantastic season. He has assisted 13 Premier League goals and has scored 10 goals in all competitions this season. A fantastic record. Nani has become a vital part of the United team. Since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani has started to show how much of a brilliant player he is. This weekend was no different. In fact Nani was the difference between the two sides. Nani's brilliant touch, burst of pace and finish lead to United's opening goal. Nani also distributed a brilliant cross for Wayne Rooney's sensational finish. A goal and a assist in the Manchester derby, not a bad day's work from Nani.

Flop of the weekend - Carlos Tevez (Manchester City) - Carlos Tevez has been in impressive form this season. Scoring 18 Premier League goals already. His recent form has been sensational. He has scored 7 goals in his last 6 matches. Coming into the Manchester Derby, Tevez showed a continuation of that form. With a hatrick against Wolves. But for arguably Manchester City's biggest game of the season, he didn't turn up. There is a lot of expectation and hype surrounding Tevez ahead of the Manchester Derbies. As he switched allegiances from United to the blue of City. But he failed to silence the United supporters who consistently mocked him throughout the game. 'Whats the score Tevez?' was rung around Old Trafford after the United goals. Poor performance by Tevez. He wasn't captain fantastic this weekend.

Goal of the Weekend - Wayne Rooney (Manchester United) - Well, well, well. This guy has had a tough time off the pitch and on it this season. Rooney has been lacking in his finishing instincts and has found it difficult to get amongst the goals this season. At times he has looked incredibly average and nothing near to his world class status. But on Saturday, boy did he show his quality. Rooney scored an incredible overhead kick, which will go down in Manchester United folklore. Whatever you views on Wayne Rooney, you cannot question the brilliance of this goal. This is something special.

szólj hozzá: Mu2-1MaC

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