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Man City look unstoppable

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The FC crew react to this weekend’s Premier League best XI, as Gab Marcotti makes the case for his omitted selections.
Craig Burley recaps Saturday’s Premier League fixtures, headlined by both Manchester clubs winning.
Craig Burley recaps Saturday’s Premier League fixtures, headlined by both Manchester clubs winning.

After each round of Premier League fixtures, ESPN FC brings you its Team of the Weekend. Our panel of experts carefully selects 11 star performers along with a manager.

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ESPN FC’s Premier League Team of the Weekend.

Goalkeeper: Manchester City seem a much more assured proposition this season than last time around, and much of that is down to the influence of Ederson, who showed both sides of his game at Chelsea on Saturday. There were saves, of course — among them a fine reaction stop from Cesar Azpilicueta’s strike — but there was also the quick distribution that sparked rapier counterattacks. Steve Nicol hails his “impressive display of composure,” while Paul Mariner notes that he doesn’t let City down when called into upon.

Right-back: Spurs fans may ask “who needs Kyle Walker?” after an excellent performance from Kieran Trippier in their sunny stroll to victory at Huddersfield. Tripper balanced the attacking and defensive areas of his job to perfection, putting Harry Kane through for his first goal, creating the opening for his second and giving the home side no time at all when they tried to make progress out wide. “Marauded down the flank and took the sting out of Huddersfield’s press,” says Gab Marcotti, with Mariner saying Trippier “caused the Terriers problems with his forward runs.”

Centre-back: As usually happens when a team (especially an expensively assembled one) is struggling, much will be made of Everton’s shortcomings in their home defeat to Burnley. But much should also be made of Sean Dyche’s unyielding defenders, who restricted their hosts’ openings to a minimum. Their magnificent discipline and consistency were epitomised by the diligent work of former Brentford player James Tarkowski, who has taken to the top division with ease since the departure of Michael Keane to… Everton. “He’s underrated,” is Nicol’s verdict.

Center-back: Sometimes the tone of an important win is set early in a match and Manchester City’s Nicolas Otamendi did just that when, from Chelsea’s first dangerous cross, he produced a brave diving header to clear. It turned out to be the prelude to an individual performance of the highest order, with a succession of important challenges being won. “A powerful display… strong in the tackle and positionally excellent,” says Mariner, while Nicol adds that Otamendi played a huge part in the certainty of City’s defensive showing.

Left-back: Meanwhile, over on the other side of the defence, Spurs fans may also be asking “Who needs Danny Rose?” Ben Davies is a unanimous choice from our three wise men this week, all of

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