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Team of the Week: Game week 25

Team of the Week: Game week 25

15/02/2017Sport

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Another exciting weekend of Premier League action brought about some interesting and, in places, shocking results with Chelsea's tight grip on the title slipping slightly.

The champions-elect could only draw 1-1 away at Burnley on Sunday, meaning Manchester City have cut the gap to the Blues to eight points with a 2-0 win against Bournemouth.

Liverpool finally returned to winning ways over Tottenham, while Arsenal also claimed a 2-0 victory against a resurgent Hull City side, albeit thanks to a controversial handball decision.

Manchester United briefly climbed up from sixth place with their win against Watford, though they were sent straight back to the position later in the weekend.

Swansea boosted their fight against relegation with a strong result against Leicester, who now join Crystal Palace and Sunderland in sliding towards the darkness of the Championship.

So with that in mind, below is our ultimate Premier League XI from Gameweek 25.

Defence: Joel Robles; Bernardo, Michael Keane, Alfie Mawson.

Joel Robles has been terrific for Everton since returning to the starting lineup, keeping six clean sheets in ten league outings, including one against Middlesbrough at the weekend.

The match may have seemed a dull draw but Robles still had to make five saves to keep the score line goalless.

The same can be said of Boro defender Bernardo, who managed to do a terrific job on the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley, keeping the Toffees’ attackers away from goal.

Michael Keane once again showed why he is considered one of the division’s best young centre-backs, as the 24-year-old kept Chelsea’s lethal striker Diego Costa at bay.

Alfie Mawson netted once again for Swansea, making it three league goals in 14 appearances after moving to the club from Barnsley. His finish helped the Swans best champions Leicester and pull four points clear of the relegation zone.

Midfield: Sofiane Feghouli, Ander Herrera, David Silva, Ryan Bertrand.

West Ham could only get a draw at home to West Brom following a late Gareth McAuley equalizer, but had Sofiane Feghouli's earlier finish stood, there might have been a win for the Hammers.

The Algerian did, however, get on the score sheet in the 2-2 draw as he impressed on the flank.

Manchester United played some really beautiful football against Watford on Saturday and Ander Herrera was once again at the centre of everything. The Spaniard has been a crucial aspect of United's pivot and it showed this weekend in the Red Devils' 2-0 victory.

While Pep Guardiola will be disappointed with Gabriel Jesus's injury, the 2-0 defeat of Bournemouth puts his Manchester City side back in the title race, with that result largely thanks to the influence of David Silva in midfield.

The Spanish maestro pulled the strings for City in the engine room in a typically excellent showing.

Ryan Bertrand provided an assist in the first half of Southampton's 4-0 demolition of Sunderland, and generally put the Black Cats to the sword with a pacey and confident showing.

Attack: Sadio Mane, Manolo Gabbiadini, Anthony Martial

Liverpool have generally been poorer without summer signing Sadio Mane, as his time at the Africa Cup of Nations proved, but the forward came back with a bang in the Reds' 2-0 win over Tottenham.

Mane got both goals with a quick-fire double in the first half and ran Spurs' back-line ragged, with poor Ben Davies said to still be in shock at the drubbing he was handed.

January transfer Manolo Gabbiadini appears to have taken to the Premier League like a duck to water with the Italian scoring three goals in two Premier League outings already, two of which came in the 4-0 thrashing of Sunderland.

The forward has proven himself to be an effective option up front and Gabbiadini could single-handedly drag the Saints back up the table.

The final space in the team goes to a forward who has struggled for game-time and confidence from his manager in recent weeks. Anthony Martial reminded Manchester United supporters, and Jose Mourinho, of his quality with his display against Watford.

Silky, pacey and creative, Martial provided the early assist for Juan Mata's finish and then got on the score sheet himself with a cool finish on the counter-attack. There's no way Jose can leave him out now!

Written by Mitch Waddon for Squawka.com