It’s the Christmas edition of Soccernation’s TOTW. With matches played in England, Spain and Italy, our TOTW (using a 3-4-3 formation).
Goalkeeper – Jordan Pickford (Everton)
Top class goalkeepers are judged on the number of points they earn for their clubs. While Mignolet contrived to throw 2 good points for the Reds, his Merseyside counterpart (Pickford) earned one valuable point for Everton. He made splendid stops from Pedro, Eden Hazard. He’s making Southgate’s choice for a goalie much easier.
Defender – Gerard Pique (Barcelona)
A solid showing from the Catalan who kept out danger and caused chaos in the box during a couple of set-pieces. He also charged forward a couple of times.
Defender – Michael Keane (Everton)
After waiting a while to return to the starting lineup, he clearly relished the opportunity. Well-timed clearances, one or two forays forward and impeccably judged rescue in defense.
Defender – Phil Jagielka (Everton)
The wisdom of experience saw him perfectly placed to make two goalline clearances in the space of one penalty box flurry. He l ed by example in a seamless return.
Right Winger – Silvan Widmer (Udinese)
With the help of the Swiss international’s goal and assist, Udinese annihilated Hellas Verona to continue their good run in the Serie A.
Midfielder – Dries Mertens (SSC Napoli)
When he’s not scoring, he’s giving assists to help his team remain on top of the Serie A. Marek Hamsik will be indebted to him for supplying the assist that helped him break Diego Maradona’s record of goals.
Midfielder – Juan Mata (Manchester United)
Liquid gold. Danced across the pitch in wonderful fashion, working the ball with artisan-like care, and produced two superb strikes, his second a pin-point free-kick past Kasper Schmeichel.
Left Winger – Fabian Delph (Manchester City)
He’s much more than just a left-back, his midfield qualities are really shining through. Against Bournemouth, he was fast, quick-witted two-footed and virtually flawless.
Forward – Roberto Firminho (Liverpool)
His influence as a creator in that Liverpool side is near-unstoppable and his movement, dragging defenders away. Mo Salah might get all the plaudits for his contribution in the Liverpool attack but against Arsenal, Firminho was head and shoulders above every other player on the field.
Forward – Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)
After a run of games without a goal, against Burnley he reminded of how lethal a striker he is. He equalled Alan Shearer’s number of league goals in a Calendar year (36) and just one goal away from Messi’s tally this year.
Forward – Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)
A virtuoso performance. When you are play against the reigning World and European champions and you make them look like an NNL side, you did everything right. Once again, he gets one over his counterpart – Ronaldo.
Manager of the Week – Ernesto Valverde (FC Barcelona)
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