Team of the Week

La Liga Team of the Week: Messi in again, plus a sensational goalkeeping performance

The Argentine's efforts for Barcelona ultimately proved to be in vain as they could only manage a 1-1 draw versus Cadiz

10:12am on Tuesday 23rd February 2021
Martin Macdonald

Barcelona may have only drew 1-1 with Cadiz over the weekend in what was another disappointing La Liga result this campaign, but Lionel Messi still impressed, scoring the Blaugrana's only goal.

In addition to that, Messi (8.4) also completed a ridiculous 71 passes into the final third which was more than anyone in this round of fixtures, while his tally of 117 touches can only be bettered by team-mate Sergio Busquets (7.7), who also makes Team of the Week in Spain.

Leading the line is rumoured Barcelona target Alexander Isak (9.5), who scored his first hat-trick of the season for Real Sociedad in the 4-0 win away at Alaves. David Silva (8.8) created two of the four goals in that game, with the former Man City man misplacing just three passes during his time on the pitch.

Valencia beat Celta 2-0 at home, with Lee Kangin (7.6) recording an assist.

Real Marid may not have been at their attacking best over the weekend as they narrowly defeated Real Valladolid 1-0, but they still controlled things for the majority of the game, largely due to the presence of Casemiro (8.4) and Toni Kroos (8.4) in midfield.

Casemiro won 10/13 duels and scored the only goal of the game which was set up by the German.

Another Valencia star makes the cut with Gabriel Paulista (8.3) coming in to the three-man defence. Against Celta, he won 100% of his duels, 100% of his aerial duels, and 100% of his tackles.

Aïssa Mandi (7.7) and Dani Calvo (8.0) make up the defence, with the latter scoring the only goal of the game as Elche beat Eibar.

The best performance of the week in La Liga belongs to Levante goalkeeper Dani Cardenas (9.9), who made a brilliant 10 saves and 10 ball recoveries as his team earned the result of the round with a 2-0 away win at Atletico Madrid.

La Liga Team of the Week
Season 20/21 - Gameweek 24

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