From Xherdan Shaqiri and Eden Hazard's dazzling performances in the attack to Cesar Azpilicueta and Winston Reid's solid show at the back—the Premier League fans were treated to some amazing individual performances this weekend. Here is the SportsCafe team of the week.
Petr Cech (Arsenal): There were a lot of good performances between the sticks this week, but it is former Chelsea custodian Petr Cech who takes the cake. While Arsenal struggled to break down Middlesbrough, it was the visitors who looked more dangerous in front of the goal. They have to thank Cech for getting a point out of the match as he denied Gaston Ramirez, Adama Traore, and Alvaro Negredo to keep his clean sheet.
Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea): Azpilicueta version 2.0, who is a center back now, is turning out to be a brilliant new acquisition for Chelsea. It was another satisfying performance at the back for the defender against Manchester United as he kept things pretty simple. Close spaces. Clear danger. Repeat.
Winston Reid (West Ham United): Defensively, West Ham United have been one of the worst sides in the league this season, but things are starting to look up. With Winston Reid at the heart of the
Gary Cahill (Chelsea): He wore the armband, and he led from the front. The Englishman has not been at his best this season, and he has come under a lot of criticism recently. However, against Manchester United, he scored the 2nd goal from the corner and then guided his team to a clean sheet. In the absence of John Terry, Chelsea needed someone to step up, and finally, Cahill is taking up the responsibility.
Christian Fuchs (Leicester City): Fuchs produced one of the sweetest left-footed strikes you are going to see this season. The goal against Crystal Palace rounded up a solid performance at the back for the former Austrian international. Leicester City
Oriol Romeu (Southampton): The former Chelsea midfielder made more passes than any other Southampton player on the pitch and also topped the tackling charts with eight challenges as the Saints held league leaders Manchester City to a 1-1 draw. It was an extremely gritty performance from the Spaniard.
Harry Arter (Bournemouth): Bournemouth are a side on the rise at the moment, and Harry Arter represents the kind of heart that Eddie Howe has installed in his team. He was the most inspiring player on the pitch for the home side, breaking down attacks, intercepting passes, and winning numerous tackles, as Tottenham were held to a 0-0 draw.
N'Golo Kante (Chelsea): The midfielder received a lot of criticism for his showing against Arsenal or lack of it rather. However, against Manchester United on Sunday, he had perhaps produced his best performance since signing for the London club. To add to his dominating display in the middle, that drop of the shoulder before scoring the fourth goal was a thing of beauty.
Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City): When Shaqiri is on
Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City): Leicester City
Eden Hazard (Chelsea): Chelsea’s talisman is back to his best. He kept running at the United’s defense throughout the night. His pace and directness were too much for the visitors to handle at times, and in the second half, he was the outlet for Chelsea on the counter attacks. A treat to watch when he is in this kind of form, Hazard scored a delightful goal to round up a wonderful night for the Blues.