Champions League - Team of the Week: Four-star Milan

Thu, 16 Feb 09:00:00 2012

AC Milan's four goals against Arsenal have resulted in four Rossoneri players making our Team of the Week, as selected via our expert and user matchcast ratings.

AC Milan's Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2nd L) celebrates with teammates Mark van Bommel (L) and Robinho (2nd R) as Arsenal's captain Robin van Persie reacts during their Champions League round of 16 soccer match at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium in Milan - 0

(Team formation: 4-3-3)

GK: Christian Abbiati (Milan) - Expert 7, Users 7 - The veteran keeper kept a clean sheet thanks to two excellent stops to deny Robin van Persie at the San Siro.

RB: Vedran Corluka (Bayer Leverkusen) - Expert 7, Users 5.8 - The former Tottenham defender, signed in January, was the pick of the German side's defenders and provided the assist for their solitary goal.

CB: Thiago Silva (Milan) - Expert 7, Users 7 - A solid performance at the back from the Brazilian who helped the Italian side keep a clean sheet.

CB: Paulo Jorge (APOEL Nicosia) - Expert 8, Users 6.3 - The APOEL defender may have ended up on the losing side, but he limited Lyon to a single goal with an inspired performance.

LB: Michal Kadlec (Bayer Leverkusen) - Expert 8, Users 6.3 - Like team-mate Corluka, got forward to good effect in the second half and was on hand to nod home the Bundesliga side's goal.

RM: Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) - Expert 8, Users 7.4 - A surprise inclusion in Lyon's starting line-up but coach Remi Garde's faith in him was rewarded when he swooped to net the decisive goal.

CM: Roman Shirokov (Zenit St Petersburg) - Expert 9, Users 7.9 - An all-action performance from the midfielder, who scored with two clever finishes and dictated the tempo of a game his side mostly dominated.

LM: Alexis Sanchez (Barcelona) - Expert 8, Users 7 - A well-taken brace on the Chilean's full Champions League debut announced his arrival on the scene.

FW: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) - Expert 9, Users 6.6 - A goal and an assist, but Messi's all-round performance against Leverkusen was just a delight to watch.

FW: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Milan) - Expert 9, Users 7.6 - Won and scored a penalty but Ibra deserves praise for a glorious performance as a deep-lying forward: Arsenal packed the midfield, so he simply joined them, tearing them apart with his passing.

FW: Robinho (Milan) - Expert 8, Users 7.6 - Along with Kevin-Prince Boateng, the ex-Manchester City striker was one of two former Premier League flops to star in the drubbing of Arsenal.

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