FFB Team of the Week (#13)

Only two unbeaten records remained in the Premier League after Manchester City and Liverpool’s demolitions at Watford and West Ham weren’t matched by Chelsea’s humbling defeat at Wembley to Tottenham Hotspur. Elsewhere, Arsenal and Everton closed the gap to the Champions League with wins to Bournemouth and Cardiff respectively as Man Utd toiled to a stalemate at home to Crystal Palace.

 

Goalkeeper

Diego Rico: Not heard of a Rico since WWE in 2004 but there’s been a resurgence of them in the Premier League this season, both the Bournemouth player and the Fulham goalkeeper, who made some good saves, let in two goals and put his body on the line. A complete performance in a bonkers football match. JD

Defence

David Luiz: As a former junior defender, David Luiz’s turning of his back for Harry Kane’s goal at Wembley was absolutely disgusting. Why is he trying to protect his knees? He unsights his goalkeeper and in the process allows Spurs to end Chelsea’s unbeaten run. Comical. JD

Ryan Sessegnon: My boy right there with an absolutely world class assist for Andre Schurrle in the first half at Craven Cottage. For all the clamouring of Jadon Sancho’s assists, you owe it to yourself to check Sessegnon’s first assist out. AJ

The Goal Decision System: There was an obvious goal at Molineux yet the play carried on as the midfielder they’re calling a llama: Phillip Billing cleared a ball from the goal. A quick replay of the GDS saw that the ball was on the line by 1.6 centimetres. That’s why we have technology, children. JD

Midfield

Jefferson Lerma: Lerma laid down the gauntlet this Sunday for the rest of the Premier League in that he scored an absolute peach of an own goal against Arsenal. He’s one of Bournemouth’s biggest transfers and has played well this season, this was just unlucky. JD

Aaron Mooy: Two goals from outside the area, and they say Ruben Neves is the only centre mid who can do that at Molineux. AJ

Christian Eriksen: If ever an attacking midfielder at a top six club can be underrated then it is definitely Christian Eriksen. The cross for the first Spurs goal was something out of Beckham’s playbook. The Dane seriously never has a bad game. AJ

Eden Hazard: Two goals down at Wembley? Why not take a little dive. It’s been almost two months since Hazard’s last Premier League goal, he’s getting desperate. Still, three goals in a month will have people rating him in the top 3 of world football again. Diving scum. JD

James Maddison: From one diver to another, except this one got sent off. Thankfully Maddison went punished, as Hazard did not. Instant red card if punished and 3 match suspension please, Premier League. AJ

Attack

Raul Jimenez: Wolves are a great football team. The goalkeeping is exception at points from Patricio, the defence is solid with Boly, Jonny, Coady and Doherty and the midfield and wings have the potential to be in Europe. But the centre forward. The fucking centre forward. Raul Jimenez has been a joke all season. A comfortable loss for Wolves. JD

Raheem Sterling: If this was Twitter and our avatar, biography and handle would be dedicated to some hipster footballer and we’d accuse Sterling of ‘stat padding’ and labelling him a ‘tap-in merchant’. Alas, Raheem Sterling scored another tap in after a lovely flowing move from City. AJ

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