Barcelona dominate AP Global Football 10 after Madrid win
Barcelona was voted team of the week in the Associated Press Global Football 10 yesterday after beating Real Madrid 4-0 away at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Spanish League.
Luis Suarez scored twice in the commanding win, while Andres Iniesta and Neymar added the others. “What was expected to be a thrilling clash between the bitterest of rivals, became a game that showcased Barcelona’s absolute supremacy over Real,” Umaid Wasim of Dawn Newspaper in Pakistan said. “Utterly dominant, the performance showed that their bid to win a treble again this year would take some stopping.”Liverpool is runner-up in the team vote after a surprise 4-1 win away against Manchester City in the Premier League.
“On another week Liverpool would have done enough to claim the prize, and their 4-1 victory at Manchester City was perhaps the perfect example of what Jurgen Klopp has brought to the side,” Julian Bennetts of Hayters news agency in England said.Bayern Munich is third after moving eight points clear at the summit of the German Bundesliga by beating Schalke 3-1.
Leicester is fourth after replacing City at the top of the Premier League with a 3-0 win at Newcastle.
Inter Milan takes fifth for thrashing Frosinone 4-0 in the Italian Serie A. Juventus, Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain, Wolfsburg and Napoli round out the top 10 teams of the week.
Barcelona also dominated the player vote. Suarez takes first place for his double strike, while the other two scorers, Iniesta and Neymar, are second and third.
Leicester striker Jamie Vardy is fourth after equaling Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10 consecutive Premier League matches as his side beat Newcastle to go top of the English standings.
“Jamie Vardy has shown Luis Suareztype qualities during his amazing run of scoring in 10 straight Premier League games,” Mike McGrath of The Sun in England said.
Philippe Coutinho, who scored one and assisted another in Liverpool’s win over City, is fifth. Roberto Firmino, Harry Kane, Toni Kruse, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley complete the top 10 players of the week.
1.Barcelona, 120. 2.Liverpool, 91. 3.Bayern Munich, 75. 4.Leicester, 66. 5.Inter Milan, 55. 6.Juventus, 49. 7.Manchester United, 40. 8.Paris Saint-Germain, 37. 9.Wolfsburg, 29. 10.Napoli, 25. — AP