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European Team of the Week: April 5-7

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Atalanta skipper German Denis made a late charge to the forefront of the latest European Team of the Week courtesy of his hat-trick heroics at the San Siro.

The visitors were 3-1 down to Internazionale before the Argentine single-handedly turned the game on its head with a classy treble in an astonishing fight-back as Atalanta stunned their near-neighbours 4-3.

And Denis is joined up top by another three-goal performer: 'false nine' Cesc Fabregas, the main contributor to Barcelona's 5-0 drubbing at home to Mallorca - though his two-goal accomplice Alexis Sanchez was unable to make the cut this time.

The only side to gain two entries this week are, quite fittingly, the new champions of Germany, Bayern Munich. Captain Philipp Lahm will lift the Bundesliga trophy this season and the performances of both he and goalscorer Bastian Schweinsteiger in the title-clinching 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt earned the German duo spots in the XI, compiled via stats courtesy of Opta.

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