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Champions League: Team of the week

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Di Maria & Ronaldo make the team (©GettyImages)
Di Maria & Ronaldo make the team (©GettyImages).

GMS contributor Fabian Estrada gives you his Champions League Team of the Week in recognition of the top performers of the week's Champions League matches. 

For goalkeeper, I really had two options.

I felt that the honors either should've gone to either to Bayer Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno or Austria Vienna keeper Heinza Lindner.

I gave the spot to Lindner for the amazing saves he made against a talented Zenit side, keeping the clean sheet and earning Austria Vienna a point as the game went scoreless.

The defence was difficult as there were a couple of good defenders this week. The right back spot was between Gregory van der Wiel of PSG or Bacary Sagna of Arsenal.

In the end, I gave it to van Der Wiel as he was constantly in the attack and got an assist for his hard work - this truly was a toss up.

The centre back position was more straight forward to choose for me. I chose the very talented Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid and Marquinhos from PSG.

They both scored important goals for their teams with Godin's goal giving Atletico the win over Porto. Marquinhos scored the second goal to secure the victory over Benfica.  The left back spot went to Real Madrid's Marcelo. Marcelo is constantly in Madrid's attacks and constantly kept putting in dangerous crosses. 

The midfield was another conundrum. For the outside, I picked Madrid's midfielders Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria.

Di Maria chipped in with a goal and picked up two assists, as Ronaldo picked up two goals as well.

For the central midfield, I chose a Premier League duo in Arsenal's Mesut Ozil and Chelsea's Ramires. Ozil scored an amazing goal against a difficult Napoli side and Ramires got a double against Steaua Bucuresti. I also considered Gabi from Atletico Madrid for his performance against Porto.

Choosing the attack for this team was incredibly difficult as there were many top performers. I managed to only pick two attackers.

I picked Konstantinos Mitroglu from Olympiacos and Zlatan Ibrahimovic from PSG. Robert Lewandowski from Borussia Dortmund was strongly considered for his two goal performance against Marseille.

Choosing a manager for this talented team is also difficult. I could have gone with Pep Guardiola from Bayern Munich or with Carlos Ancelotti from Real Madrid, both very good managers in their own right.

However, I chose Laurent Blanc from PSG for their domination against a Benfica side who only managed 34% possession. 

Formation: 4-1-2-1-1

Lindner
Van Der Wiel
Godin
Marquinhos
Marcelo                                                          
Ramires
Di Maria                                                                                                      
Ronaldo                                                            
Ozil                                   
Mitroglu
Ibrahimovic 

Manager: Laurent Blanc

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