Joey Barton

Marseille 3-2 Montpellier

Joey Barton's exploits in France of late have not exactly attracted much interest back in Blighty unless, of course, you count the Marseille midfielder's comedy French accent used to soften his Scouse tones.

But Barton has played a relatively influential role in taking Marseille to within a point of Ligue 1's summit, and provided a sublime assist for Andre Ayew's opening goal in the defeat of champions Montpellier last weekend.

Santi Cazorla

Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

Santi Cazorla, after a relative mid-season slump, is looking back to his imperious best for Arsenal, and his pass for Theo Walcott's goal against Chelsea last Sunday offered a glimpse of his rare talents.

Spotting Walcott's run earlier than any other player, the Spain international was able to pierce the Chelsea backline precisely, and the former finished sweetly for Arsenal to pull a goal back.

Mirko Vucinic

Juventus 4-0 Udinese

Mirko Vucinic has proved his worth for Juventus this season; scoring five times in Serie A for the Italian champions and providing five goals for his teammates.

The Montenegrin will not, however, have laid on many more sumptuous chances than he did for Alessandro Matri in the convincing defeat of Udinese.

Cesar Azpilicueta

Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

John Terry's absence and Branislav Ivanovic's shift into the centre of defence has allowed Cesar Azipilicueta to flourish on the Chelsea right.

The Spaniard showed his class and vision with a raking pass to set up compatriot Juan Mata for the opener in the defeat of Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

Chen Zhizhao

Paulista 1-1 Corinthians

Chen Zhizhao has certainly impressed since joining Corinthians on a season-long loan from Shanghai Shenxin, and displayed Brazilian flair to help his side to a 1-1 draw with Paulista.

Performing a lollipop routine in the style of Brazil star Neymar, Zhizhao leaves the defender behind before laying on a simple tap in and taking the plaudits.


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