Who makes our Europa League Team of the Week?

Using the stats gleaned from the FedEx Performance Zone, UEFA.com selects the team of matchday three, with four-goal striker Willian José grabbing one of the forward slots.

Who makes our Europa League Team of the Week?
Who makes our Europa League Team of the Week? ©Getty Images

Note: While the FedEx Performance Zone is a form tracker taking into account domestic and European games, the Team of the Week is based purely on the UEFA Europa League matchday in question.


Highlights: Milan 0-0 AEK
Highlights: Milan 0-0 AEK

Giannis Anestis (AEK Athens)
An inspired goalkeeping performance by Anestis helped keep Milan at bay as AEK managed a goalless draw at San Siro. Anestis made eight saves, produced three high claims, and made four clearances.
Overall ranking: 69 (+308)


Alberto de la Bella (Real Sociedad)
As well as contributing to his team keeping a clean sheet, the full-back chipped in with a goal in their 6-0 win at Vardar. He was a key outlet down the left as he produced six crosses.
Overall ranking: 22 (+154)

Highlights: Braga 0-2 Ludogorets
Highlights: Braga 0-2 Ludogorets

Cosmin Moți (Ludogorets)
The 32-year-old was the highest central defender thanks to his goal and clean sheet in his team's 2-0 win at Braga. He produced ten clearances among his 16 defences interventions to lead the way at the back.
Overall ranking: 116 (+345)

Bajram Jashanica (Skënderbeu)
The Kosovan made significant strides up the ranking as the Albanian side kept a clean sheet against Partizan. Seven interceptions, five aerial duels won and four clearances were just some of his impressive defensive statistics.
Overall ranking: 191 (+341)

Dmitri Shomko (Astana)
Shomko is the fourth-ranked #UEL full-back after setting up two goals in a club-record 4-0 win against Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He produced six crosses and created three chances as well as making five defensive interventions.
Overall ranking: 25 (+134)


Highlights: Zenit 3-1 Rosenborg
Highlights: Zenit 3-1 Rosenborg

Emiliano Rigoni (Zenit)
Rigoni's hat-trick against Rosenborg took his #UEL tally to five goals for the campaign and he is top scorer in the 2017/18 group stage – despite only having played 189 minutes.
Overall ranking: 20 (+349)

Sergej Milinković-Savić (Lazio)
Milinković-Savić helped his team come back from an early Mario Balotelli at Nice, creating the equaliser and scoring two more in a 3-1 win. Playing in a trio in central midfield, he was the one given license to get forward.
Overall ranking: 8 (+111)

Xabi Prieto (Real Sociedad)
The Real Sociedad stalwart is up into the top ten after creating six chances for team-mates (including one assist), while 56 of his 90 completed passes against Vardar came in the attacking third.
Overall ranking: 6 (+22)

Josip Iličić (Atalanta)
Atalanta top Group E, Iličić scored once and set up the other two in a 3-1 win against Apollon. He created ten chances over the course of the game as his side took all three points at home.
Overall ranking: 14 (+223)


Highlights: Vardar 0-6 Real Sociedad
Highlights: Vardar 0-6 Real Sociedad

Willian José (Real Sociedad)
Against Vardar, Willian José joined Radamel Falcao (four, Porto v Villarreal, 2011), Edinson Cavani (four, Napoli v Dnipro, 2012) and Aritz Aduriz (five, Athletic v Genk, 2016) as the only players to have scored four or more in a #UEL game.
Overall ranking: 9 (+306)

Junior Kabananga (Astana)
The Congolese scored with his only two shots in Astana’s 4-0 win against Maccabi Tel-Aviv, and contributed a good deal more, created three chances as the Israeli side endured a torrid night.
Overall ranking: 55 (+295)