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Antoine Griezmann and Lucas Moura lead the line in our Team of the Week

It's crunch time in Europe's major leagues with titles to be won, European soccer to be secured and relegation to be avoided. 

Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain missed the chance to wrap up the Serie A and Ligue 1 titles respectively, while FC Bayern, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City and Liverpool remain embroiled in a tussle for the Bundesliga and Premier League respectively. 

Here we take a look at some of the players who stood out this weekend.

Goalkeeper: David de Gea (Manchester United)

The Spaniard’s desperate save to stop Michael Antonio’s header putting West Ham on level terms was as important to United’s 2-1 win as Paul Pogba’s penalties.

The save kept them ahead and allowed them to extend their lead further shortly after, and the result was a massive one in terms of their top four hopes.

A big save from one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

Right-back: Danilo D'Ambrosio (Inter)

Inter’s 3-1 victory over Frosinone was the most comfortable among Italy’s top sides, and D’Ambrosio helped kick things off with an assist for Radja Nainggolan’s opener.

His cross from the right was perfect for the midfielder arriving in the box and helped send the Nerazzurri on their way to three points, keeping them in the UEFA Champions League places.

The right-back was involved more than any other player on the pitch, with 111 actions, also leading the way for tackles with five.

Centre-back: José Fonte (Lille)

While the five goals Lille scored against Paris Saint-Germain will make the headlines, there was also a solid display at the back from the Portuguese defender.

He managed to get his name on the scoresheet too, but contributed defensively by winning three aerial duels, five interceptions, and making five clearances.

It was a good all-around display from Lille, who prevented PSG securing the French championship at the Stade Pierre Mauroy.

Centre-back: Federico Fazio (AS Roma)

Roma relied on the clean sheet to secure a 1-0 win against Udinese, and Argentine centre-back Fazio was a key member of the Giallorossi back line.

He won five aerial duels and made five clearances as Roma kept their opponents at bay, while his central defensive partner Kostas Manolas blocked three shots.

Fazio also made two tackles and finished the game with a pass success of 90 per cent.

Left-back: Pierrick Capelle (Angers)

Angers are unbeaten in six games, but their 1-0 win at Caen this weekend was their first win in this run of games.

Capelle put in a solid display at left-back, assisting the goal but also contributing defensively.

He added four interceptions, four clearances, and five aerial duel wins to an attacking display which included three key passes and two successful dribbles.

Central midfield: Rodrigo (Atlético de Madrid)

The Spanish central midfielder is in this team for one of the neatest passing displays you’re likely to see this season.

Barely misplacing a pass – completing 88 of his 90 attempted passes to be exact – he kept things ticking over alongside Saúl Ñíguez and Koke in the centre of the park for Atleti.

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Rodrigo also made four interceptions as his side went on to win 2-0, putting as much pressure on they can on league leaders FC Barcelona.

Central midfield: Radja Nainggolan (Inter)

We’ve already touched upon Nainggolan’s performance when looking at the performance of team-mate D'Ambrosio, and it was another all-action midfield display from the fiery Belgian.

After opening the scoring he went on to have five further shots, while also setting up scoring opportunities for his team-mates with three key passes.

In front of defensive midfielder Matías Vecino, he was the driving force in the middle of the pitch for Inter, also completing three of four attempted long passes.

Winger: Nicolas Pépé (Lille)

While Fonte held the fort at the back, Pépé was let loose down the wing in Lille’s memorable win against PSG.

It was he who broke free, forcing Juan Bernat into a desperate tackle which saw the Spaniard sent off, and he who kicked off the scoring in the second half to make it 2-1.

This opened the floodgates, and the 23-year-old went on to assist the fourth and fifth goals in a 5-1 win against the Ligue 1 champions in waiting.

Winger: Kingsley Coman (FC Bayern)

Another French flyer, Kingsley Coman, was key to FC Bayern's victory across the border in Germany.

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The Bayern winger scored twice in the first half in Düsseldorf, where the defending champions defeated Fortuna 4-1.

All four of Coman’s shots hit the target and he finished the game having made four successful dribbles.

Forward: Lucas Moura (Tottenham Hotspur)

It was Moura’s moment to shine as he scored the first hat-trick at Tottenham’s new stadium.

The Brazilian celebrated with his young son in a touching moment at the end of the game as the pair enjoyed a kickabout with the match ball.

Spurs could to be without Harry Kane for the rest of the season, so Moura stepping up in this manner was ideal for Mauricio Pochettino.

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Forward: Antoine Griezmann (Atlético de Madrid)

The French forward continued to show he is one of the best around with a goal and an assist against Celta de Vigo.

That makes it four goals and two assists in his last six games, and his link up with Alváro Morata is seeing Atleti finish their league season on a high despite a disappointing recent loss to Barcelona.

The goal was Griezmann’s 14th in the league this season.

 
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