Versatility seems to be a recurrent theme when selecting our La Liga dream team after a number of this last weeks outstanding performances were made by players required to fulfill unfamiliar roles in their respective teams. In a week when Samuel Eto'o threatened to teach Thierry Henry all about teamwork and play in goal, it seems that the real stars in Spain have been those players who will do whatever their coaches ask of them; and do it well. Proof, if ever it was needed, that a good footballer is just that: a good footballer.
However, we have decided not to take Samuel Eto'o up on his offer and he won't be appearing in goal for us this week; that honour falls to Diego López . The Villarreal keeper's performance in the 2-0 win over Zaragoza ensured that his side consolidated their third place league placing whilst edging closer to second placed Barcelona. With the score line at 1-0 and Zaragoza in the ascendency, Diego Lopez showed great reflexes to parry a fierce shot from Matuzalem. Moments later the Villarreal stopper showed that other essential goalkeeping attribute: Bravery - this time to deny Oscar Gonzalez a goal after Diego Godin had made a complete mess of dealing with a Sergio Garcia cross.
Speaking of bravery - how about asking an attacking midfielder to line up as a centre half for the biggest European knockout tie in the club's history? That's just what Michael Laudrup did and Ruben De La Red duly obliged with a man of the match performance against Benfica to earn Getafe a place in the UEFA cup quarter finals. The youngster then went on to repeat the feat in Getafe's 2-1 win over Racing Santander on Sunday. Aside from a dodgy back header that forced a moment of panic from Abondanzierri in the Getafe goal, the young midfielder did not put a foot wrong in 180 minutes of football: playing out of position and just months after being told he wasn't good enough for Real Madrid. For that, Ruben De La Red is also our La Liga player of the week.
De La Red is partnered in central defence by Almeria's Ruben Martin Pulido who showed great composure in the 2-2 draw with Barcelona on Sunday and capped off a fine performance with fine headed goal.
Our full backs, Mané and Daniel Alves, both put in fine performances at the weekend and between them provide us with plenty of support in attack coupled with a good measure of defensive stability. There's not a lot more we can add when it comes to Alves: he seems to be in our team every week and is, without doubt, the best RB in Spain right now.
Andres Iniesta occupies the central midfield berth, but in all honesty we could probably play him anywhere and he'd do a job for us. A fantastic player who is finally getting the recognition he deserves. The Catalan midfielder played LWF against Almeria at the weekend in place of Ronaldinho - something that most Cule's think he should do every weekend - and finished the match as a holding midfielder. Iniesta could teach more than a few of his team mates a thing or two about team work.
Lafita was instrumental in Deportivo's 1-0 win over Real Madrid at the Riazor while Jaime Gavilán got on the score sheet for Getafe following some impressive wing play.
Our forward line of Fabiano, Florent Sinama Pongolle and Luis Garcia bagged six goals between them at the weekend: Luis Garcia weighed in with both of Espanyol's goals in their 2-1 over Mallorca that keeps his sides Champions League ambitions alive; Sinama Pongolle grabbed a brace for Recre as they put four past Murcia; And Luis 'Pichichi' Fabiano. Need we say any more about this season's leading goalscorer?
Fabiano's two goals for Sevilla at the weekend, taking this season's tally to 22, augments his reputation and guarantees that he will continue to be the subject rampant transfer speculation throughout the rest of the season.
La Liga Team Of The Week
Diego López (Villarreal) GK
Mané (Almería) LB
De la Red (Getafe) CB
Pulido (Almería) CB
Alves (Sevilla) RB
Iniesta (Barça) CM
Lafita (Deportivo) RM
Gavilán (Getafe) LM
Luis García (Espanyol) RWF
Luis Fabiano (Sevilla) CF
Pongolle (R. Huelva) LWF