Serie A Team of the Week – Round 32


There were not very many goals in the last Serie A round: here are the players that made it to the Team of the week.

Gianluigi Donnarumma: there were several clean sheets in the weekend and some excellent goalkeeping, but no save was more impressive than Gigio’s one on a wide open Arek Milik in the six-foot box in the final minutes of Milan-Napoli.

Benedikt Howedes: the German world champion returned after a lengthy absence due to injury and buried a header in his second start of the season. He was the only player to either score on assist in his role, so he was the top defender with eight points.

Kostas Manolas: there was no shortage of defenders to choose from this week as a bunch of them collected five points because they did not concede. Roma stifled the high-powered Lazio offence and Manolas worked very well on Ciro Immobile all night long, also recovering nicely after a smal blunder.

Fabrizio Cacciatore: Chievo managed to keep a clean sheet against Torino, whose attack produced a lot in the last three games. The Flying Donkeys deserve a token spot and the right back had a solid game going forward and could have won it had he not skied a shot from inside the box.

Francesco Vicari: Spal were a little lucky to not give up any goal against Fiorentina, as Giovanni Simeone missed two chances from point-blank range, but they still left the Franchi Stadium unscathed against a team that had won six in a row, so their leader gets a shout-out.

Daniel Bessa: he decided Genoa-Crotone with a pretty diving header off a sweet dish by Iuri Medeiros following a very timely cut in the box. He is still finding his footing at the new club, but he could be a big part of the Griffon’s future: the talent is certainly there.

Sami Khedira: another goal for the German international, the eight in Serie A this season, who sealed the deal against Sampdoria with one of his customary precise and vigorous strikes from medium distance.

Adam Nagy: he found himself at the right place at the right time to bury an easy shot that secured Bologna’s win over Verona. He picked up six points for the goal and the clean sheet, like the previous two midfielders.

Matteo Politano: the winger is in stellar form and found the target twice against Benevento, first with a daisy-cutter and then with a beaufitul lob. Sassuolo sorely needs his goals to avoid the drop. He racked up eight points.

Cheick Diabate: he powered Benevento to their first point on the road this season with yet another brace, the third in a row, and, besides the evident physical skills, he showed some technique as well, lofting one over Andrea Consigli. While the Sanniti are likely to go down, some mid-table team better scoop him up this summer.

Douglas Costa: he wrecked the game against Sampdoria coming off the bench with three assists. He fed Mario Mandzukic with a sharp cross on basically his first touch, then lofted one that Howedes just had to nudge home and finally set up Khedira from the base line. He is uncatchable right now.

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