Premier League Team of the Week

Premier League: Team of the week

Premier League Team of the Week
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The English Premier League was back after a brief international break, meaning the battle for relegation, Europe, and the title was back under way. It's what Sir Alex Ferguson once labeled "squeaky bum time," meaning the performances of each and every player must be at their peak.

Here are the stand out performances for the weekend of Mar. 8, 2014.

GK - Petr Cech (Chelsea)

Chelsea v Everton - Premier League
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GK - Petr Cech (Chelsea)

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In a week where it was tough to pick a keeper, it is Chelsea's No. 1 who earns a place in this week's team. He made a great stop from a Sandro effort when Tottenham were coming back into the game, to pick up yet another clean sheet.

RB - Rafael (Manchester United)

West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United - Premier League
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RB - Rafael (Manchester United)

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The Brazilian certainly hasn't had a great season, with injuries ruining a run of two great seasons of form. But on Saturday against West Brom, he was back to his best at both ends of the field.

CB - Steven Caulker (Cardiff City)

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CB - Steven Caulker (Cardiff City)

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After returning to the England squad last week, Steven Caulker scored twice against Fulham to help Cardiff City earn a win that will be considered the most important three points all season if they stay in the EPL.

CB - Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

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CB - Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

Manchester United v Swansea City - FA Cup Third Round
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After putting in a solid 90 minutes for England against Denmark last week, it was another impressive display from Chris Smalling, who has had a poor season. It was a more experienced, focused and strong outing this time though.

LB - Luke Shaw (Southampton)

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LB - Luke Shaw (Southampton)

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At 18, it is remarkable that Luke Shaw continues to impress at such a high level, and against Crystal Palace, that was exactly what he did.

RM - Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

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RM - Eden Hazard (Chelsea)

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Yet again, Eden Hazard ran the show for Chelsea. It was one of many stand out performances this season that will put him in the running for the individual awards come May.

CM - Michael Carrick (Manchester United)

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CM - Michael Carrick (Manchester United)

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It's been Michael Carrick's worst season since arriving at Old Trafford in 2006, but away at West Brom on Saturday, he was back to his more familiar game controlling self, with just three misplaced passes.

CM - Nemanja Matic (Chelsea)

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CM - Nemanja Matic (Chelsea)

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A defiant and controlled performance in the heart of Chelsea's midfield. He is very much a Jose Mourino type of player, and it's working well with him in their team again.

LM - Adam Lallana (Southampton)

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LM - Adam Lallana (Southampton)

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One of the stars of the season, Adam Lallana was once again playing in between the lines and pulling off dazzling runs to help his Southampton side earn three points away at Crystal Palace.

ST - Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

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ST - Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)

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Ignore the fact his wages are ridiculous for one second, and there is no denying Manchester United needed to keep a player of Wayne Rooney's quality. He outclassed West Brom with ease on Saturday, and is now the one player in EPL history to reach both 10 goals and 10 assists in five seasons.

ST - Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea)

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ST - Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea)

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Not exactly a stunning performance, but efficient. There was little competition for the last striker spot in the team though this week, with several teams having a week off or playing in the FA Cup.

Just Missed Out

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
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Just Missed Out

Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
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This week you could claim that both Jordan Mutch and Gary Cahill were unfortunate to make the team; both put in important perfomances to help their sides earn all three points.

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