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Premier League Team of the Week – Gameweek 33

Vincent Kompany in action

Manchester United's flawless win over the leaders Chelsea has not only blown the title race wide open but also sees three of their players headline our Premier League Team of the Week in Gameweek 33. Two players each from Manchester City, Liverpool and Watford line-up in our weekly eleven while the two remaining spots up for grabs sees a share of spoils between Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City.

Here's our best eleven from the Gameweek 33 of the Premier League:

 

GOALKEEPER

Heurelho Gomes (Watford)

Heurelho Gomes didn't have much to do between the sticks against Swansea City but made some vital interventions whenever he was called into action, leading his side to a win that virtually secures their Premier League status for another season and in the process achieved a third straight clean sheet at Vicarage Road.

 

DEFENDERS

Vincent Kompany (Manchester City)

 

 

In a game that offered little in terms of attacking results, Kompany provided the watershed moment with a bullet header into the back of the net to give his side the breakthrough they desperately needed. The Manchester City skipper's presence also provided the much-needed security at the back that the Citizens have been missing all season.

 

Joel Matip (Liverpool)

Joel Matip marshalled the Liverpool backline to perfection against a physically-imposing West Bromwich Albion and teamed up with Dejan Lovren to first stifle Hal-Robson Kanu and Salomon Rondon later on in the match. The Cameroonian had a stellar evening at the Hawthorns winning 8 duels, 3 aerials, made 5 clearances and enjoyed a 100% tackle success rate.

 

Marcos Rojo (Manchester United)

Marcos Rojo was fighting to save his Manchester United career prior to Sunday's sensational performance against Chelsea. The Argentine helped by Eric Bailly successfully frustrated the life out of Diego Costa, who hardly had a sniff of the goal. The 27-year-old put up arguably his best show in United colours winning 7 duels, made 9 clearances and won each of his attempted tackles and aerial duels on the day.

 

MIDFIELDERS

Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)

 

 

Arnautovic was at his fluent best in the final third for the Potters causing problems to the Hull defence every time whenever he had the ball under his feet. The Austrian delightfully dovetailed with Xherdan Shaqiri throughout the game – first producing an unstoppable finish into the top corner and turned provider ten minutes later for Xerdan Shaqiri – who's strike was equally delightful.

 

Ander Herrera (Manchester United)

 

 

Ander Herrera not only 'pocketed' Eden Hazard but also came up with goods which made the ultimate difference. Stationed in a deep-lying midfield role, the Spaniard sensationally ran the show from there. Not only did he help Rashford get on the scoresheet but also scored his first league goal of the campaign.

 

Etienne Capoue (Watford)

Capoue made the Swans pay for Alfie Mawson's dawdling on the ball by netting his first league goal in nearly five months. The Frenchman put in a valuable shift in the middle of the park for the Hornets, not letting the visitors have cruise over proceedings with his industry and imposing presence.

 

Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

 

 

Playing as a winger on the right didn't deter De Bruyne's ability to make telling contributions up in the final third. The Belgian was silky with his touches and movements over the course of 90 minutes and did what he is renowned for, setting up Leroy Sane and Sergio Aguero with pinpoint passes.

 

FORWARDS

 

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

 

 

Rashford has a  knack of thriving in pressure situations, and that trait was there to see against Chelsea. The teenager was a surprise inclusion ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic but he justified his boss' faith in him by unnerving the Blues rearguard with his pace and trickery. The forward showed great maturity with his opening strike of the match and unlike a typical youngster, showed nerve of steel against much more matured and experienced defenders in Cahill and David Luiz.

 

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

 

 

The Brazilian was at the right place at the right time to nod home the eventual winner for Liverpool. For the second week running, Firmino scored the goal that helped the Reds take away all three points from yet another daunting away trip. The 25-year-old posed the Baggies backline some serious peril with his lively movement on and off the ball and continues to fill in the shoes of injured Sadio Mane with great efficiency.

 

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur)

 

 

Making his first start in over a month, Harry Kane was so good it never felt like he was ever away from the action. There seems to be no halt to the Englishman's goalscoring passion, especially when it comes to doing so against Bournemouth, as he netted his 20th league goal of the season against them and prior to that, he exquisitely flicked on the ball to set up Heung-Min Son. The rustiness in his finishing was visible with the forward fluffing chances he would usually convert, however, the 23-year-old's defence of his golden boot certainly looks far from over with the forward primed to end the season on a high. 

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