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TRIBAL TEAM OF THE WEEK: Huth leads Leicester to famous win, Liverpool come up short despite Firmino heroics

Leicester City continued their stunning season with a sublime 3-1 victory over Manchester City on the weekend.

Robert Huth was the hero for the Foxes with a rare brace while Riyad Mahrez produced yet another stellar performance.

Roberto Firmino did all he could to lead Liverpool to victory but they faltered at the death.

Check out who else made the Tribal XI below:


TRIBAL TEAM OF THE WEEK - 25
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Goalkeeper

Heurelho Gomes (Watford)

The Brazilian followed up his brilliant second-half showing against Chelsea last week by producing another stellar performance in the 1-0 loss at Tottenham.
Gomes made eight saves against Spurs in an inspired display which was finally broken down by Kieran Trippier's 64th-minute goal.
The save to deny Ben Davies in the first half was the pick of the bunch, getting down low to his left to keep out the well-struck effort of the Spurs left-back.
Although it was not a happy return to White Hart Lane for the ex-Tottenham gloveman, Gomes did receive a warm applause from the Spurs faithful for such a strong individual performance.


Defenders

Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur)

Trippier took a rare starting chance in the league by helping Spurs produce a clean sheet against Watford.
The former Burnley man made just his fourth Premier League starting XI and delivered for Mauricio Pochettino, scoring the only goal of the contest, and opening his account for the North London club in the process.
Was named Man of the Match by Spurs as he and left-back Ben Davies were part of a back four that kept Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney quiet while creating plenty down the flanks for the league's second-placed side.


Robert Huth (Leicester City)

The German centre-back was the star of the show as the Foxes party continued at the Etihad Stadium.
Huth was the unlikely scorer of two goals in the 3-1 win as Claudio Ranieri's men further enhanced their title chances.
The first was the finish of a goal poacher, getting on the end of Riyad Mahrez's free-kick to volley beyond Joe Hart, before he put the finishing touches on the triumph with a looping header from Christian Fuchs' corner.
It was also another commanding defensive display from the man who could not get a game at Stoke last season.


Steven Taylor (Newcastle United)

It was a colossal performance from Taylor in Newcastle's 1-0 win over West Brom.
The 30-year-old marked just his second league start of the season and first since August by helping the Magpies to a clean sheet.
Taylor got stuck right in to keep the Baggies at bay and was praised by Steve McClaren after the victory, with the Toon boss saying he epitomised what the club is all about.


Maya Yoshida (Southampton)

He may not have played at left-back but Yoshida was integral as part of a three-man defence in Southampton's 1-0 win over West Ham.
The Japanese defender started for the first time since December and marked his return with the only goal of the contest.
Yoshida fired home Victor Wanyama's pass in the ninth minute before the Kenyan midfielder was sent off less than 10 minutes into the second half leaving his team to defend dourly against the Hammers.
It was an influential performance from Yoshida who received a glut of praise from manager Ronald Koeman and his teammates


Midfielders

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)

The Algerian was back to his dazzling best as Leicester asserted their authority on the competition with a commanding win over Man City.
Mahrez set up the opener for Huth before adding a second with a lovely run and right-footed finish to notch his 14th goal of the season to go along with his 10 assists.
Has been one of the stars of the campaign and did not disappoint at City as the Foxes continued their dream run towards a possible title.


Idrissa Gana (Aston Villa)

The Senegalese midfielder was an integral part of Aston Villa's 2-0 win over Norwich.
Gana was the man to break down any Canaries attack while getting things started going the other way for Villa.
In arguably his most accomplished performance of the season, Gana was number one on the pitch for completed passes, ball recoveries, take-ons, tackles, interceptions and blocked crosses and number two for created chances and attacking third passes.


Tom Cleverley (Everton)

Cleverley has been in fine form in recent weeks for the ever-improving Toffees.
On Saturday, he was the architect for the 3-0 win at Stoke, setting up two goals and pulling the strings alongside Ross Barkley and Aaron Lennon.
The former Manchester United midfielder won the penalty that led to Romelu Lukaku's opener before finding Seamus Coleman for his side's second with a well-taken corner.
Is fast-becoming a vital player for Roberto Martinez.


Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City)

The Iceland ace has to be mentioned for another scoring performance for Swansea.
Sigurdsson's sublime free-kick in the 13th minute gave the Swans the lead before Crystal Palace fought back for a 1-1 draw.
In 2016, an improving Swansea have scored eight goals in then league with five of those coming from the boot of Sigurdsson, highlighting his importance to this team.


Forwards

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

The Brazilian has really come into his own in 2016.
Firmino scored the opener for Liverpool inter eventual 2-2 draw with Sunderland, ghosting in at the back post to head home James Milner's cross.
He then set up Adam Lallana for the Reds' second, dispossessing Billy Jones before advancing into the area and cutting back for his teammate to finish into a near-empty net.
Firmino has scored five and assisted two goals in his past five league outings to really begin to vindicate his massive price tag.


Diego Costa (Chelsea)

The Spaniard was key in Chelsea's last-gasp 1-1 draw with Man Utd.
Conjured six shots, only to be denied by David De Gea, before rounding his compatriot and former Atletico Madrid teammate in stoppage time to slot home.
Has six goals in his past seven league outings, finding his free-scoring form under Guus Hiddink that fired Chelsea to last season's title.


Manager

Claudio Ranieri (Leicester City)

The Italian masterminded yet another stellar victory for the high-flying Foxes.
Leicester's 3-1 job on Man City only got the critics talking even more as they saw off the challenge of Manuel Pellegrini's men.
The East Midlands club have conquered all before them thus far, except for third-placed Arsenal, and are well on track to pull off the unthinkable.
Ranieri has seemingly performed a miracle this term but their performance at the Etihad shows none of this has been a fluke.

Andrew Slevison
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