Champions League team of week: Barcelona impress without Messi

Holders Barcelona dominate the Champions League team of the week after a comfortable 2-0 win over BATE Borisov saw them take firm control of Group E.

Barca - who beat Juventus in the final last May to win the European Cup for a fifth time - are without injured captain Lionel Messi but still have four players in the select XI.

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech makes it in after a fine display against Bayern Munich - but he is the only Premier League player who makes the grade.

Champions League team of the week

See the team from matchweek two here.

The Champions League Team of the Week is supplied by Opta and is based on more than 250 calculations

Goalkeeper - Petr Cech (Arsenal)

Petr Cech
Petr Cech has conceded only two goals in his last five full appearances in the Champions League

Manuel Neuer made a stunning one-handed save to deny Theo Walcott at one end but it was Petr Cech's stop from Robert Lewandowski at the start of the second half which proved to be the crucial moment as the Gunners went on to beat Bayern Munich 2-0.

Defender - Dani Alves (Barcelona)

Dani Alves
Dani Alves completed 55 passes in the opposition half versus BATE Borisov; more than any other defender in matchweek three

Brazilian right-back Dani Alves has already won the Champions League three times with Barcelona and will fancy adding a fourth this season after another solid display during the 2-0 win against BATE Borisov.

Defender - Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)

Diego Godin
Diego Godin (right) made three tackles, four clearances and completed 58 passes as well as keeping a clean sheet

Diego Godin's goals proved crucial as Atletico won La Liga in 2014 and reached the Champions League final, and he was immaculate at the back as his side thumped FC Astana 4-0 to keep pace with Group C leaders Benfica.

Defender - Thiago Silva (Paris St-Germain)

Thiago Silva
Thiago Silva was part of the defence to keep out Real Madrid - the first team to do so in the group stages since November 2008

French champions Paris St-Germain shut out Real Madrid for the first time in 41 group games and Thiago Silva was a crucial factor - he made seven clearances and five interceptions at the back in the 0-0 draw.

Defender - Jordi Alba (Barcelona)

Jordi Alba
Jordi Alba made 89 passes versus BATE Borisov - more than any other defender this week

As Barcelona enjoyed 74% possession against BATE, both full-backs were key outlets for the Spanish champions. Jordi Alba boasted a 90% pass accuracy rate and did not give away a single foul.

Midfielder - Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona)

Ivan Rakitic
Ivan Rakitic scored as many goals (two) v BATE Borisov as he had in his previous 26 Champions League games combined

Barca's star man was not even in the starting XI on Tuesday night. Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic came off the bench after 18 minutes to replace the injured Sergi Roberto and scored twice after half time.

Midfielder - Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid)

Saul
Saul scored a goal and assisted another for Atletico in their win over Astana

Atletico's Saul Niguez and midfield partner Gabi both had 124 touches in the 4-0 win over FC Astana - the most on the pitch, while only Jackson Martinez (five) had more than his three shots on goal.

Midfielder - Miralem Pjanic (Roma)

Miralem Pjanic
Miralem Pjanic scored his first Champions League free-kick this season to add to his three in Serie A already this term

When Miralem Pjanic curled in a brilliant free-kick to put Roma ahead after being 2-0 down against Bayer Leverkusen, a famous win looked on the cards for the Italian side. But two late goals gave Leverkusen a point in a stirring 4-4 draw.

Forward - Neymar (Barcelona)

Neymar
Neymar assisted two goals and created six more goalscoring chances in their win over BATE

With Lionel Messi injured for two months Neymar is even more important to Barcelona than ever - and the Brazilian set up both goals for match-winner Ivan Rakitic in Belarus.

Forward - Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen)

Javier Hernandez
Javier Hernandez scored as many goals against Roma (two) as he had in his previous 17 appearances in the competition

Javier Hernandez missed a penalty for Manchester United during qualification for this season's Champions League but the Mexican may have found a home in Germany - his two goals helped Leverkusen come from behind to draw with Roma.

Forward - Vincent Aboubakar (Porto)

Vincent Aboubakar
Vincent Aboubakar has scored five goals in his last five Champions League games for Porto

Porto are sitting pretty at the top of Group G with seven points from three games after a comfortable 2-0 win at home to Maccabi Tel Aviv. Striker Vincent Aboubakar started it off with a header, one of five attempts he had on goal.

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