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Chelsea duo Diego Costa and Gary Cahill both make it into FIFA’s Ultimate Team of the Week 33 after turning in some crucial displays for the Blues in the Premier League.
Costa grabbed a brace in the 4-2 win over Southampton, a game in which Cahill also netted; the latter then when on to score a vital second in a 3-0 win for Chelsea at Goodison Park, putting the Blues a big step closer to Premier League glory.
Elsewhere, Emre Can’s wonder goal for Liverpool on Monday in the 1-0 win over Watford sees him get an upgrade. Meanwhile, James Rodriguez is in following a fine performance in Real Madrid’s 6-2 win over Deportivo La Coruna last Wednesday, scoring twice.
EA Sports confirmed the squad on its Twitter feed on Wednesday:
EA SPORTS FIFA@EASPORTSFIFA
World class goal from Emre Can = Gullit Gang worthy SIF in #TOTW 33! Full team 👉 https://t.co/5EOuWqt7tU https://t.co/JKH3a0Hjfa
B/R Football confirmed the latest Team of the Week:
Hidden Emre Can stat: Bicycle Kicks 99 😉 🚲 Latest @EASPORTSFIFA #FUT TOTW details: https://t.co/B3mXepOY11 https://t.co/VKsEttVEd1
Read on for the full details of this Team of the Week selection and a reminder of how three members of the starting XI secured their spot.
|FIFA 17 Ultimate Team: Team of the Week 33|
|Andrea Consigli||83||85 > 86||GK||Serie A||Sassuolo||Italy|
|Gary Cahill||83||85||CB||Premier League||Chelsea||England|
|Kalidou Koulibaly||83||86 > 87||CB||Serie A||Napoli||Senegal|
|Nabil Dirar||76||81||RM||RB||Ligue 1||Monaco||Morocco|
|James Rodriguez||87||88||CAM||CM||La Liga||Real Madrid||Colombia|
|Andre Gomes||83||85||CM||RM||La Liga||Barcelona||Portugal|
|Emre Can||80||85 > 86||CM||Premier League||Liverpool||Germany|
|Diego Costa||86||87 > 88 > 90||ST||Premier League||Chelsea||Spain|
|Kevin Gameiro||83||85 > 86 > 87||ST||La Liga||Atletico Madrid||France|
|Florian Thauvin||81||84 > 86 > 87 > 88||RM||RW||Ligue 1||Marseille||France|
|Guido Burgstaller||75||81 > 84||ST||Bundesliga||Schalke 04||Austria|
|David Junca||75||81||LB||La Liga||Eibar||Spain|
|Ivelin Popov||79||82||CAM||Russian Premier League||Spartak Moscow||Bulgaria|
|Ricardo Pereira||78||82 > 84||RB||RM||Ligue 1||Nice||Portugal|
|Samuel Eto’o||81||82 > 84 > 86||ST||Super Lig||Antalyaspor||Cameroon|
|Bas Dost||80||83 > 85 > 86 > 87||ST||Primeira Liga||Sporting CP||Netherlands|
|Thomas Strakosha||64||64||GK||Serie A||Lazio||Albania|
|Magnus Eriksson||69||72||RM||Allsvenskan||Djurgardens IF||Sweden|
|Raul Ruidiaz||73||74||ST||Liga MX||Monarcas Morelia||Peru|
|Liam Boyce||67||72||ST||SPL||Ross County||Northern Ireland|
|Andrija Pavlovic||61||64||ST||Danish Superliga||Copenhagen||Serbia|
Diego Costa, Chelsea
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Although he’s not been at his best since the turn of the year, Costa produced a big performance for Chelsea last week against Southampton.
The forward was a battering ram at the point of the attack, bullying the Saints back four and bringing others into the game. He was unstoppable, finishing the game with a deserved two goals and an assist too.
It was a game in which the forward also scored his 50th Premier League goal for Chelsea. As noted by Sky Sports Statto, Costa brought up his half-century in quick time:
Sky Sports Statto@SkySportsStatto
Diego Costa is the 2nd fastest Chelsea player to 50 PL goals #PL https://t.co/vhcfKHelGW
Since speculation about a possible move gathered pace in January Costa has looked a little distracted. Indeed, in the recent clash with Manchester United, that the Blues lost 2-0, he appeared agitated and out of touch. But with the finishing line in sight for Chelsea, his appetite is back.
The result is a pretty formidable upgrade for the Spain international, rated at 90 overall. With shooting and physicality both rated at 93, stopping him will be undesirable challenge.
Gary Cahill, Chelsea
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Of all of the star performers for Chelsea this season, Cahill has arguably been the most unheralded. But he’s proved his worth in a crucial week for the Blues.
The centre-back put Chelsea 2-1 ahead against Southampton in the contest, giving the team the confidence to kick on. Then, at Everton at the weekend, Cahill struck Chelsea’s second goal to effectively end the game, capitalising on a howler from Maarten Stekelenburg.
The two goals mean the defender has six in the Premier League this season. While Cahill has been prolific for the Blues in 2016-17, as Liam Twomey of ESPN FC recalled, so often he’s struck big goals too:
Cahill now has six Premier League goals this season & pretty much all of them have been crucial. Gets way too much criticism #cfc
As well as being an attacking threat, Cahill has also been a key part of the back three, doing a fine job as the left centre-back. Additionally, he helped the Blues keep Everton’s Romelu Lukaku, the Premier League’s top scorer, very quiet with a commanding display.
Cahill sees his overall rating rise to 85 as a result of his excellent week, with his defending attribute of 87 among the best on offer in those centre-backs from English football’s top flight.
Emre Can, Liverpool
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In what was an otherwise poor 90 minutes of football, Can’s stunning overhead kick from the edge of the penalty area was a moment to savour at Vicarage Road.
The German ambled forward and was picked out by Lucas Leiva on the run. With the ball in the air and behind him, Can adjusted his feet, launched himself into the air and executed a superb overhead kick. It was a goal worthy of winning any game, and it was enough to give the visitors three points.
Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet hailed Can’s brilliant strike:
We did what we had to do, apart from Emre Can who did just a bit more😂😜⚽🔴🔝👏💪 https://t.co/t46d3ZweEC
While moments of such flamboyance are not typical of Can, his goal was illustrative of a footballer who has been operating with confidence.
With Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana absent in recent weeks, the former Bayer Leverkusen man has really stepped up in the middle of the park. Suddenly, Can looks like he’s going to be a difficult man to dislodge from the Liverpool XI.