UCL team of the week: The best XI, including hat-trick heroes Messi and Ozil

first_img Central midfield: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) – Another star of the show as Arsene Wenger’s side shone at the Emirates. He laid on a pinpoint pass for one of Ozil’s goals and the Spanish midfielder, 31, showed his importance to the north Londoners, dictating much of the play alongside Francis Coquelin. 11 11 Central midfield: Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint-Germain) – The Frenchman put in a superb performance in the centre of the park, pulling the strings while breaking up play well. He was the link in turning PSG’s moves from defence to attack with incisive passes during the 3-0 Group A win over Basel. 11 11 11 Central midfield: Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich) – The 21-year-old continued his superb goalscoring form for club and country, taking his tally to eight goals in his last 11 appearances. Not only did he get on the score sheet, he hardly put a foot wrong, covering every blade of grass along the way in an accomplished midfield performance against PSV. 11 11 11 Centre-back: David Alaba (Bayern Munich) – The Austrian is arguably one of the world’s best full-backs at the moment. He caused PSV trouble with his lung-busting runs forward – assisting Kimmich – while performing his defensive duties well. He deserves his place in this team, albeit in a slightly more defensive position. Right midfield: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – The German playmaker hit his first career hat-trick in the 6-0 thrashing of Ludogorets. Some Gooners labelled it his ‘best performance’ in an Arsenal shirt, with the 28-year-old also notching an assist at the Emirates. Centre-back: Luisao (Benfica) – The Brazilian defender, 35, was a rock at the back as his side were winners on the road at Dynamo Kiev. He was solid and deserved the clean sheet in the 2-0 victory, to go with their first Group B win. 11 Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) – Juventus shot-stopper Gianluigi Buffon can think himself unfortunate to miss out, but his French counterpart was key in securing Spurs a point in Leverkusen. The 29-year-old’s highlight of the match included an outstanding goal-line save to deny Javier Hernandez on 48 minutes. Goal-fests, red cards, questionable decisions – Champions League matchday three had it all.Leicester City continued their winning start by beating Copenhagen at the King Power, while Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal made a statement by thrashing Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets 6-0 at the Emirates.It was not so easy for Tottenham and Manchester City, however.Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs will be pleased to take a point at Bayer Leverkusen, after enduring a difficult second half at the BayArena – LIVE on talkSPORT.Meanwhile Pep Guardiola did not have the best of returns to former club Barcelona, who thumped City 4-0 at Camp Nou, with Claudio Bravo receiving a red card against his old team.Elsewhere, there were also wins for Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and much, much more. But who stood out the most?talkSPORT has put together a team of the week, in a 3-4-3 formation. Click the right arrow, above, to see how it lines up and comment below with your thoughts… Left midfield: Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich) – The ex-Chelsea winger came up against another former club and he caused them all sorts of problems in the 4-1 win over PSV at the Allianz Arena. He set up Robert Lewandowski, adding a well-deserved header in the closing stages of the Group D clash. Centre-back: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) – The Frenchman looks extremely solid at the heart of the Gunners defence playing alongside summer recruit Shkodran Mustafi. He gained a clean sheet in the 6-0 rout over Bulgarian outfit Ludogorets and he played a part in one of Mesut Ozil’s goals, winning the ball back with a brilliant challenge. Forward: Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – After a poor first half by the Argentinian’s standards, he soon made it a miserable return to Catalonia for Pep Guardiola by netting his 37th career hat-trick in the 4-0 win over Manchester City. He earned the penalty which Neymar had saved by Willy Caballero before assisting the Brazilian a minute from time. 11 11 Forward: Vincent Aboubakar (Besiktas) – The Cameroonian striker – on loan from Porto – opened his account for the season with a fine double in Besiktas’ brilliant 3-2 win at Napoli. The 24-year-old put his side ahead before the break before a header sealed the victory four minutes from time.last_img read more