Who makes the La Liga Weekend XI - Matchday 12

Thibaut Coutois

Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United transfer targets all make the team of the weekend.

Thibaut Courtois – Atletico Madrid

Another week, and another clean sheet for the Atletico Madrid goalkeeper. The Belgium international was sensational again on Sunday, keeping out an Athletic Bilbao side who have been on the goal-path in recent weeks. No wonder Barcelona are keeping tabs on the youngster.

Juan Bernat – Valencia

A difficult few weeks for Valencia were momentarily ended on Sunday as Los Che beat a rejuvenated Geatfe side 1-0 at Coliseum Alfonso Perez. The 20-year-old full back was a solid figure in their backline, holding out the in-form Pedro Leon with his pace and reading of the game.

Inigo Martinez – Real Sociedad

The Spanish youngster is already proving himself to be one of the players of the season with his early season performance, and the 22-year-old added goals to his game this weekend as he scored one in La Real’s 5-0 win over Osasuna

Miranda – Atletico Madrid

If you were putting together a La Liga XI right now, there wouldn’t be many who would break the Barceona-Real Madrid duopoly. Miranda however, would be one of them. And at the weekend he showed once again why so many teams rate him so highly, marking the always dangerous Aritz Aduriz out of the game.

Martin Montoya – Barcelona

With Jordi Alba and Adriano out injured, it was left to the young full-back to fill in for Barcelona as they took on Espanyol in the Catalan derby on Friday. Montoya coped admirably with the pace of Thievy, and did more than enough to impress coach Tata Martino ahead of the Champions League clash with AC Milan on Wednesday.

Ruben Pardo – Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad eased to a 5-0 win over Osasuna on Saturday, thanks in large part to the set pieces of Ruben Pardo. The midfielder laid on three goals for La Real – all from brilliant corners.

Alex Lopez – Celta Vigo

Lopez scored his second goal in as many games as Celta Vigo beat Sevilla 1-0 at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Coach Luis Enrique may have claimed that the Celestes were ‘fortunate’ to beat the home side, but the midfielder showed once again what a talent he is in front of goal.

Antoine Griezmann – Real Sociedad

Is it any wonder that Juventus and Manchester United are said to be interested in Griezmann? Two more goal for Real Sociedad winger at the weekend took him to nine for the season. Both were superb finishes, and after a shaky start, have rocketed La Real back towards the European places.

Neymar – Barcelona

With Lionel Messi’s recent dip in form, it has been down to Neymar to take the attacking initiative in the Barcelona team. Having only signed in the summer, the way in which the youngster has adapted to life in Europe has been startling. As Mundo Deportivo put it: “Neymar carries Barca on his shoulders”, as they beat Espanyol 1-0.

Cristiano Ronaldo – Real Madrid

12 games, 13 goals. Ronaldo just keeps on scoring. Two more this weekend in a 3-2 win over Rayo Vallecano came at the end of week in which FIFA President Sepp Blatter called the Portugal international ‘a hairdresser’. I’ve never seen my barber strike a ball like that.

Diego Costa – Atletico Madrid

Liverpool and Chelsea have been circling around the Spain international in recent weeks. And it can come as no surprise to any Liga watchers this season. Costa has been the breakout performer in 2013/14, netting 13 times so far. He added to that total at the weekend as Atletico Madrid beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0, coolly slotting past goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz.

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