Friday 20 July 2018

Dejan Lovren and Sergio Romero feature in our Premier League Team of the weekend

Tottenham's Kyle Walker in action with Manchester United's Sergio Romero
Tottenham's Kyle Walker in action with Manchester United's Sergio Romero

Declan Warrington

The long-awaited opening weekend of the new campaign saw a number of players put down early season markers.

Here is our team of the week in a 3-4-3 formation.

Sergio Romero

The goalkeeper produced a fine save from Tottenham's Christian Eriksen's late shot to preserve Manchester United's 1-0 lead and secure all three points.

Micah Richards

Named captain on his Aston Villa debut, the impressive Richards inspired a clean sheet with his consistently impressive defending. An England recall may beckon.

Chris Smalling

Seized his chance to secure his position as one of Manchester United's first-choice central defenders. Read the game well and made a vital challenge on Spurs' Nacer Chadli.

Dejan Lovren

Liverpool's best defender amid a reasonable amount of pressure in the 1-0 win at Stoke, though perhaps fortunate not to be sent off for an elbow on Mame Biram Diouf.

Liverpool's Dejan Lovren in action against Stoke's Mame Biram Diouf

Riyad Mahrez

The winger scored twice, once from a penalty, in the 4-2 win over Sunderland that led Leicester to the top of the Premier League.

Yohan Cabaye

Remained composed, to justify his status as Crystal Palace's club-record signing, to retain possession and relieve pressure from Norwich on his new team-mates.

Yohan Cabaye

Reece Oxford

West Ham's 16-year-old, Premier League debutant played with a maturity beyond his years to stifle the collective threat of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla.

Jefferson Montero

The underrated, energetic Montero outclassed Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic as Swansea drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge, producing seven crosses for his team-mates.

Philippe Coutinho

The Brazilian, in a way so few others can, secured victory for Liverpool at Stoke with a masterful 86th-minute strike, when a 0-0 draw had looked most likely.

Philippe Coutinho looks on as he scores against Stoke City at the Brittania Stadium

Diego Costa

Again demonstrated his importance to Chelsea, not that he needed to, with an energetic, driven display that, in isolation, should have been rewarded with victory.

Harry Kane

Yet again Tottenham's best player, this time at Old Trafford, Kane produced a particularly delightful pass, at 0-0, from which Christian Eriksen should have scored.

Team of the week (3-4-3): Romero; Richards, Smalling, Lovren; Mahrez, Cabaye, Oxford, Montero; Coutinho, Costa, Kane

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