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European Team of the Week: Bayern and Juve double up

Bayern Munich and Juventus are once again the teams to beat in their respective domestic leagues, and their latest performances have seen them take star billing in this week's European XI.

Bayern's 7-0 mauling away to Werder Bremen was arguably the team performance of the week, and two individual showings have been rewarded by Opta as Thomas Mueller (one goal, two assists, 100% shot accuracy) and Ballon d'Or shortlister Franck Ribery (two goals, one assist, 82% attacking pass accuracy) line up in the all-star team's midfield.

Meanwhile, Juventus secured a tidy 2-0 win at Bologna to also remain large and in charge at the top of the table - and both goalscorers, Giorgio Chiellini and Arturo Vidal, played key roles in keeping the clean sheet as well as securing all three points.

When it comes to all-round entries, however, Italy leaves Germany trailing on this occasion.

Roma's Maicon, Torino's Kamil Glik and Internazionale's Rodrigo Palacio bring the Serie A contingent up to an impressive five, while the Bayern duo are the Bundesliga's only reps from the weekend.

Rounding out the side are two unlikely Premier League players - Norwich keeper John Ruddy and Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho - and Ligue 1 pair Yann Jouffre (Lorient) and the PSG's imperious Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

For a full explanation of each player's inclusion, see Opta's stats below the team graphic...

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