La Liga Review's Team of the Week:
GK: Sorrentino (Recreativo) LB: Capdevila (Villarreal) CB: Coloccini (Deportivo) CB: Cata Díaz (Getafe) RB: Alves (Sevilla) CM: Maresca (Sevilla) CM: Casquero (Getafe) Vela (Osasuna) Sesma (Valladolid) L. Fabiano (Sevilla) Eto'o (Barcelona)
After scoring five Liga goals between them at the weekend, Luis Fabiano joins Samuel Eto’o, and Carlos Vela in attack for our Primera Liga first IX . The Sevilla striker, just two days after his wife and daughters were robbed at gunpoint, went on to score two goals in his sides 5-0 demolition of Real Zaragoza at the weekend.
Fabiano, currently the Primera Liga’s Pichichi with 19 goals so far this season, dedicated his brace to his family and said "scoring the two goals was a very special moment for me after what happened”.
Samuel Eto’o’s second half hatrick in Barcelona’s 5-1 win over Levante is a clear indication that the Cameroon international could be decisive in Barcelona’s pursuit of the title over the remainder of the season.His club has missed him for much of this term and he makes a welcome return to Barcelona and our team of the week.
Osasuna’s Carlos Vela, on loan from Arsenal, recently stated that he was ready for a return to the London club after having served his apprenticeship in Spain. After impressing at Salamanca last season, the 18 year old Mexican forward joined Osasuna last August but has looked a little lightweight at times and has struggled to find the back of the net regularly in Spains top flight.
Vela provided a classy assist for Sola to score in the first minute of Osasuna’s 3-1 over Atletico and provider turned goal scorer minutes later when the Mexican slotted the ball coolly through Abbiati’s legs in the Atletico goal. The Arsenal player led Atletico on a 'merry dance’ throughout the match according to AS.
Maresca and Casquero provide us with some solidity in midfield and their tackling and passing should allow Susaeta to express himself and provide support in attack, as he did in Athletic's defeat to Villarreal. It's unusual for us to include a player who ended up on the losing side at the weekend, but the Basque youngster was a constant threat against Villarreal, let down by his team mates. His performance showed off his potential, technique with both feet and creativity that ensures he is going to be talked about a great deal in the future.
Joan Capdevila seems to be becoming our regular first choice left back and we make no apologies for including him again. The classy Villarreal full back is joined by Coloccini, who had one of his better days, Cata Diaz, who is having a fabulous season and Daniel Alves, once again living up to his billing as the best right back playing in Europe.
Sorrentino makes his debut as La Liga Review’s number one this week. The experienced Italian stopper, who joined Recreativo from AEK Athens, has plenty of Champions league experience is unfazed by regularly facing up to some of Europes best attacking players plying their trade in Spain. On Saturday it was the turn of David Silva, Zigic, Joaquin and Vicente to be frustrated by the keepers valiant efforts that earned his Recreativo side at point at Valencia.