Stats Zone’s European Team of the Month: Two from Barça, one from Madrid – but who?
Gigi Buffon (Juventus)
The veteran shot-stopper set a new record for minutes played without conceding a goal in Serie A last month, which broke the existing feat of Milan's Sebastiano Rossi from the 1993/94 season.
“I was luckier than you because my team-mates made sure that I faced very few shots on goal,” Buffon humbly told the man that he overtook. “You had to earn it more, with superlative saves.”
He did have four goals put past him in the Champions League, but there was little he could do to stop Bayern Munich's revival, and he did keep Pep Guardiola's side at bay for 70 minutes.
Kyle Walker (Tottenham)
Mauricio Pochettino has rotated his full-backs at various times during the season, but Walker has still made 26 league starts throughout the campaign.
He created two goalscoring opportunities and made four interceptions in the North London derby, then managed five tackles and all three of his aerial duels won against relegation certainties Aston Villa.
The right-back is known for his pace and positioning, but his capability in the air is rarely highlighted due to his role in the side - although it certainly helps Tottenham's brilliant defensive unit.
He completed a good month when he provided the assist for Harry Kane in the win over Bournemouth and made 12 passes in the attacking third of the pitch.
Jose Gimenez (Atletico Madrid)
Atletico Madrid's centre-back partnership of Miranda and Diego Godin was an important component of Diego Simeone's side's title win in 2014.
However, the emergence of Jose Gimenez meant that Miranda was allowed to leave for Inter last summer, and the young Uruguayan has been superb when his fellow countryman Godin has missed games through injury.
The defender has a release clause of €65 million, which arch-rivals Real Madrid are keen to activate in the summer according to reports.
Gimenez completed all eight of his clearances in a 3-0 victory over Real Sociedad, plus four interceptions in the defeat to Sporting Gijon.
But his greatest display came in the 0-0 draw with PSV, as he made four tackles, nine interceptions and 10 ball recoveries, also scoring a penalty in the shootout.
Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund)
The Borussia Dortmund captain has shown once again why he’s one of the top centre-backs in Europe when playing at his best.
He was man of the match in a back three in the stalemate with Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich, then impressed against Tottenham in the 3-0 Europa League victory just five days later.
Dortmund have conceded just one goal in the last five matches that Hummels has played in, with his organisational skills and ability to create attacks from the back vital to Thomas Tuchel’s team.
His reading of the game is excellent, while his positional sense ensures he makes numerous interceptions.
The defender is also good in the air, as illustrated with his four headed clearances and three defensive aerial duels won in the 2-0 victory over Mainz.
Christian Fuchs (Leicester)
Three consecutive clean sheets have kept Claudio Ranieri’s team at the top of the Premier League, with left-back Fuchs making a valuable contribution to the team's unbelievable rise.
He made five clearances and three tackles in the win at Vicarage Road against Watford, recovered the ball seven times and completed 41 passes at home against Newcastle, and then managed five tackles and created two chances at Selhurst Park as they defeated Crystal Palace.
“The team is the big star at Leicester and that’s the key to our success,” admitted the Austria captain.
Fuchs will be hoping to add more silverware to the German Super Cup that he acquired when in Germany at Schalke, with the soon-to-be 30-year-old still holding two more years on his contract at the King Power Stadium.