Serie A Team of the Week – Round 24

AS Roma v Benevento Calcio - Serie A

Some of the usual suspects and some fresh faces made the Serie A team of the week for the 24th round.

Gianluigi Buffon: another strong performance by the Juventus defence, which left Fiorentina unscathed despite the intense pressure by the Viola, thanks also to the contribution of the veteran goalkeeper, who came out perfectly to deny an attempt by Cyril Thereau in the second half. The clean sheet gave him seven points.

Nicolas N’Koulou: he was the only defender to score and whose team kept a clean sheet this week, so as a result he was the top defender last week with nine points. Torino contained Udinese pretty well and he towered over the defenders and beat Albano Bizzarri with a precise header to break the deadlock.

Lorenzo De Silvestri: he was awarded a pretty generous assist for the pass that inspired Andrea Belotti’s run, so he got seven points last week. The right back continues to perform at a high level as he has done all season long.

Giorgio Chiellini: he fed Gonzalo Higuain with a pinpoint long ball for the second and final goal of the game and battled all night long with Fiorentina’s attackers, prevailing most of the times. He reached peak form in the crucial stretch of the season.

Cengiz Under: the starlet solved the Benevento game for his side with a salvo in the second half. Within 15 minutes, he set up an Edin Dzeko’s header with an amazing acceleration down the right flank, then he scored twice, first with a thunderous strike and then with a curly shot, both with his left foot. He is coming into his own and Eusebio Di Francesco might have found his guy on the right flank. He was the top performer last week with 11 total points.

Piotr Zielinski: he was subbed in at at half time and was instrumental in Napoli’s clutch victory. He deflected Mario Rui’s shot for the 3-1 goal and later on he fed Dries Mertens with a dime for the 4-1. The Biancocelesti defenders just could not catch him. He collected six points.

Diego Laxalt: another game winner for the Genoa dynamo, who smashed one home in the final minutes of Chievo-Genoa with a shot from just inside the box, giving his team three precious points. He did the same last week in Roma against Lazio. The clean sheet and the score helped him gather six points.

Edgar Barreto: the hard-working midfielder is not prone to scoring, but he bagged one this week with the help of a miscommunication between Hellas’ defender, which left him wide open in the box for a pretty easy header. Six points for him as well.

Lucas Biglia: Milan had an easy time in Ferrara against Spal and Biglia participated to the festival of goals with a delicious curly shot after dispossessing Federico Viviani and taking advantage of the fact that Alex Meret had left the goal. He amassed one point less than the previous two midfielders because he was booked.

Patrick Cutrone: he displayed once again his nose for the goal by pouncing on two rebounds. Milan spent a lot this summer for Nikola Kalinic and André Silva, but the youngster has emerged as their best centre-forward and Gennaro Gattuso is trusting him more and more, also in the wake of Kalinic’s injury. He collected eight points thanks to his first brace in Serie A.

Yann Karamoh: he was a surprise starter on Sunday against Bologna and it is safe to say that he provided the sparkle Luciano Spalletti was looking for. He was no match for the opponents in terms of quickness and capped off a great performance with a great goal: a robust lefty shot from distance after a mazy run, which allowed his team to return to winning ways after eight games. He garnered four points like the rest of the strikers who found the back of the net in the weekend.

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