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European Team of the Week: Amazing Aquilani

Alberto Aquilani was a figure of fun during his time at Liverpool, but the Italian midfielder has returned to his best form at Fiorentina.

We have named him our European player of the weekend after a splendid hat-trick against Genoa at the weekend. Unfortunately, La Viola's defence could not match his antics, and the match finished 3-3. Fiorentina lie fourth in the Serie A standings.

Aquilani was the only representative from Serie A this weekend, with Spain's Liga dominating the top XI.

Arda Turan was a stand-out for Atletico Madrid as they beat Rayo Vallecano 4-2, with no less than six players from that league appearing on our team sheet.

There were two players apiece from Germany and France, with Schalke's Jefferson Farfan shining with a goal and two assists in the 3-0 win over Hamburg.

All stats from Opta