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TRIBAL TEAM OF THE WEEK: Alli stars for Tottenham, Aguero the saviour for Man City

Dele Alli and Sergio Aguero were two of the stars of Week 23 in the Barclays Premier League.

Alli netted a wonder goal as Tottenham got the better of Crystal Palace while Aguero scored twice in Man City's 2-2 draw with West Ham.

Chelsea's defensive pair Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry, Liverpool's Roberto Firmino and Leicester City's Danny Drinkwater also figured in our Premier League weekly XI.


TRIBAL TEAM OF THE WEEK - 23
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Goalkeeper

Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion)

It may have not been the most exciting of affairs, but West Brom's 0-0 draw with Aston Villa in the West Midlands derby produced a solid display from Foster.
The 32-year-old was making his first Premier League start since March last year after spending the most of the last 12 months sidelined with a knee injury.
Foster made four saves to deny Villa and looked immediately back at home for Tony Pulis' side.


Defenders

Branislav Ivanovic (Chelsea)

The Serbian has been slowly rediscovering his best form in recent weeks and Sunday was no different.
Supplied the cross for Diego Costa's goal - the only one of the game - and kept Arsenal's free-flowing attack relatively quiet.
Was one of his side's top few on what was another successful London derby against the Gunners.


John Terry (Chelsea)

JT was influential as his beloved Chelsea got over the Gunners 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium.
Saw off Olivier Giroud before tying down the Arsenal attack with another top performance in this particular fixture.
Terry was in the headlines in last week's 3-3 draw with Everton and this time was more polished in denying his longtime rivals yet again.


Virgil van Dijk (Southampton)

Van Dijk made life for Man Utd's forwards extremely difficult.
The Dutchman gave the Red Devils no chances, shackled Wayne Rooney, and kept a clean sheet at Old Trafford.
He has been an integral part of Ronald Koeman's side that has not conceded in its past three league outings.


Patrick van Aanholt (Sunderland)

The Dutch left-back was at it again as Sunderland drew 1-1 with Bournemouth.
Van Aanholt scored for the second game in a row with a lovely run and finish from Fabio Borini's through ball while also doing the job defensively against the Cherries' dangerous attack.
The former Chelsea man has now contributed to three goals in past three matches, including the own-goal from Federico Fernandez against Swansea, during which time the Black Cats have picked up four valuable points.


Midfielders

Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

In a chaotic match at Carrow Road, Firmino was the star of the show with a well-taken brace in the 5-4 win for Liverpool.
Up and down with his performances since arriving at Anfield, the Brazilian was certainly on at Norwich when scoring twice and providing an assist.
His finish for the 18th-minute opener was cool, calm and collected before supplying Jordan Henderson to make it 3-2 after falling two goals behind. Firmino then tied it up with another neat finish in the 63rd minute.


Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City)

The underrated midfielder continued his stellar season with a match-winning performance against Stoke.
Drinkwater opened the scoring with a lovely strike from outside the area before playing a lofted defence-beating ball for Jamie Vardy to make it 2-0.
Again ran the show in midfield alongside N'golo Kante as the Foxes keep their title dream alive.


Dele Alli (Tottenham)

Dele Alli take a bow!
The youngster's goal in Tottenham's 3-1 win over Crystal Palace was out of this world.
Alli controlled Christian Eriksen's pass superbly, flicked the ball over Eagles midfielder Mile Jedinak and volleyed home to give his side a 2-1 lead in sensational fashion.
The talented midfielder then provided the pass for Nacer Chadli to wrap it up at the death.


Andre Ayew (Swansea City)

Ayew was decisive in Swansea's 2-1 victory over Everton.
The Ghanaian won the penalty which was tucked away by Gylfi Sigurdsson when running down a poor backpass from John Stones before scoring the winning goal in the 34th minute.
Ayew ran onto a clever ball from Neil Taylor before firing goal-ward between the legs of Stones to give Swansea a first win under new manager Guidolin.


Forwards

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

The Argentine ace has four in his past two following a match-saving brace against West Ham.
Aguero levelled it up in the ninth minute when he sent Adrian the wrong way from the penalty spot after he was brought down in the area by Carl Jenkinson.
Came up with another equaliser in the 81st minute after a strong run from Kelechi forced the ball to drop for the clinical striker to fire home.
Earlier, could have had another goal only to see his lobbed effort over Adrian bounce back off the post.


Enner Valencia (West Ham United)

The Ecuadorian made it four goals from his past three outings with a vital double in West Ham's 2-2 draw with Man City.
Valencia opened the scoring in just the first minute with a powerful volley from Cheikhou Kouyate's cross from the left.
Gave the Hammers a 2-1 lead in the 56th minute when he positioned himself to get on the end of Michail Antonio's long throw-in, beat off the challenge of Nicolas Otamendi, and prodded past Joe Hart.


Manager

Francesco Guidolin (Swansea City)

The Italian made an immediate impact in his first Premier League game as a manager.
Guidolin's Swansea defeated Everton 2-1 at Goodison Park to move four points clear of the drop zone, making it two wins from two since he arrived in South Wales.
It was a spirited performance from the Swans who have quickly taken to life under the former Udinese boss.


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