Stats Zone's European Team of the Month: Madrid teams dominate - but who's made the cut?
Steffane Ruffier (Saint-Etienne)
Christophe Galtier's team have had a fantastic month in Ligue One, but Saint-Etienne aren't the only side within France in good form. Both Lyon and Lille have earned 16 points from their last six domestic games, although Les Verts have done it without the opposition scoring.
They have now not conceded a goal since Guingamp netted two against them in the middle of February, as Ajaccio, Troyes, Bastia, Lorient and Toulouse have all failed to score past Steffane Ruffier.
He stretched his clean sheet run to six games, despite only managing two in the 14 matches prior. The 29-year-old goalkeeper can thank his teammates for their exceptional work-rate and defensive discipline, although he certainly deserves the individual accolades.
Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid)
The Spanish right-back has been rotated by Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, with Danilo starting four matches in the month. His time in Germany has certainly helped him become a more rounded player, although the sizeable transfer fee for his Brazilian rival means he will have to continue to prove his worth.
However, the fact that he was selected for El Clasico and the Champions League semi-final with Manchester City suggests that Carvajal is now the Frenchman's first choice. Los Blancos have only conceded two goals in the five matches that he has played, whilst Carvajal has developed a good relationship with Gareth Bale ahead of him.
He recovered the ball nine times, made five interceptions and a block in the 0-0 draw at the Etihad Stadium.
Wes Morgan (Leicester City)
The Leicester City captain has been pivotal for the newly crowned Premier League champions throughout their outstanding campaign, although in the last five weeks he has also contributed at the other end of the pitch.
His header against Manchester United gave Claudio Ranieri's men a well-earned point at Old Trafford, whilst it was his goal that gave them a 1-0 win over Southampton.
Morgan is excellent at blocking and intercepting the ball, as he uses his ability to position himself rather than make tackles. This has meant that the centre-back has received just three cautions in the league this term, whilst he has formed a remarkable partnership with Robert Huth.
He made four tackles and three interceptions against Man United, and completed all nine of his clearances in the 2-0 win over Sunderland.
Daniele Rugani (Juventus)
The 21-year-old has been a revelation since he made his full debut for the club last December, after he spent two seasons with Empoli, when he helped them get promoted to Serie A.
Rugani is a physical centre-back who's good aerially in defensive and attacking scenarios, whilst he uses his anticipation to read the game. The injury to Giorgio Chiellini has seen the youngster's influence steadily grow, to the extent that he played 90 minutes in all five of Juventus’ games in April, which saw them seal a fifth straight title.
He recovered the ball 10 times and completed the most passes in the 2-1 win at Milan, before making three interceptions and four tackles in the 4-0 victory over Palermo.