By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Barcelona continued to set the pace in La Liga with a 5-1 rout of Athletic Bilbao while Real Madrid kept up their end of the bargain by accounting for Atletico Madrid 2-0 on Saturday.
There was a shock at the Mestalla as 10-man Valencia went down 5-2 against Real Sociedad which ended in coach Mauricio Pellegrino getting the boot shortly after full-time.
Also in the Spanish top flight on Saturday, Getafe downed Malaga thanks to a 1-0 win and Real Betis needed goals from Ruben Castro to help them secure a 3-2 victory over Deportivo La Coruna at La Riazor.
And finally, Osasuna beat Rayo Vallecano 1-0 in Friday's solitary game.
We've gone with a 4-4-2 formation this week.
GK: Miguel Angel Moya (Getafe)
Getafe had goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya to thank for their 1-0 win over visiting side Malaga on Saturday. The home team took the lead through Alberto Lopo's header on 56 minutes but had to withstand heavy pressure from Malaga afterwards. Moya's best moment from the game came with a stunning save to deny Javier Saviola an equaliser from close range with just 12 minutes to go.
RB: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid)
The Real Madrid defender has become one of the best centre-backs in the world since Jose Mourinho decided to move him infield from the right-back slot. And in the Madrid derby, Sergio Ramos continued to repay his manager's faith in him. Faced with the daunting prospect of having to mark Atletico goal machine Falcao, the Spain international went on to keep the Colombian in his back pocket.
LB: Fabio Coentrao (Real Madrid)
Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao is making the most of his time in Jose Mourinho's first XI. With Marcelo still side-lined through injury, the Portuguese tactician had to call upon his fellow countryman to help nullify the attack threat of Atletico Madrid - and he duly delivered with a master-class in how to be a modern day full-back.
CB: Mikel Gonzalez (Real Sociedad)
Real Sociedad pulled off the result of the weekend in La Liga by smashing Valencia 5-2 on Saturday at the Mestalla. Amongst the goals that day for Sociedad was 27-year-old Mikel Gonzalez who proved that a good attack is also a good form of defence as they took home the points.
CB: Gerard Pique (Barcelona)
Barcelona, for all their brilliance in attack, look a much better team with centre-back Gerard Pique in the starting line-up. His presence in the side gives Barca a form of dependability defensively which immediately breathes confidence to his fellow defenders and to his goalkeeper. And against Athletic Bilbao he put his La Masia training to good use as well with intelligent passes to drive his team forward from the back. Not to mention, he got himself on the score sheet in the 5-1 win as well.
RM: Xabi Prieto (Real Sociedad)
The football world seems to be in love with Spanish midfielders these days, but little if no attention gets paid to Real Sociedad's Xabi Prieto. What a shame because the Sociedad maestro is one of the best in his position in the country as demonstrated by his display in their 5-1 thumping of Valencia. Next stop, England?
LM: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
There's nothing quite as spectacular to watch as a beautifully hit free-kick. And when Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is around, you are sure to be entertained. From 35-yards out, the Portuguese ace lashed home a free-kick to open the scoring in the Madrid derby. It gave his team the impetus to build their 2-0 win. No wonder one famous pro-Real paper had "Play it again, Cristiano" splashed across its pages the next day.
CM: Benat (Real Betis)
Real Betis edged out Deportivo in a five goal thriller on Sunday. At the heart of the 3-2 win was 25-year-old midfielder Benat who pulled the strings for Betis. And with the game deadlocked at 2-2, it was no surprise to see Benat get an assist for the winning goal which was scored by Joel Campbell.
CM: Emiliano Armenteros (Osasuna)
Osasuna recorded a 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano in Friday's only La Liga game. Victory was down largely to their 26-year-old midfielder Emiliano Armenteros. While others in his position may try to over-complicate things with flicks and step-overs, Armenteros hurts you by doing the basics right. He passes the ball - and he does it accurately.
ST: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
This week's La Liga team of the week would not be complete without a mention for Lionel Messi. The Barcelona star hit two goals in the Catalan's 5-1 destruction of Athletic Bilbao, but more importantly the brace moved him to 190 goals in La Liga which matches the all-time scoring mark set by Cesar Rodriguez in the 1940s and 1950s. Legend.
ST: Ruben Castro (Real Betis)
Real Betis' veteran striker Ruben Castro was at his clinical best on Sunday as he scored twice to lift his team to a 3-2 win over Deportivo. His second goal, in particular, was excellent as he expertly guided the ball into the back of the net from Perez Nacho's cross.