Serie A Team of the Week – Round 2


Let’s take a look at the best performers from a pretty interesting round.

Wojciech Szczesny (7 points): there were five clean sheets in the weekend, so Alfred Gomis, Lukasz Skorupski, Simone Scuffet and Marco Sportiello all joined the Pole atop of the best goalkeepers’ chart in this round. There were not any particularly outstanding performance, so the Juventus player gets the choice because he had to face the strongest attack and for a pair of key interventions in the first half, particularly on an effort from distance by Senad Lulic and on a through ball that he neutralized coming out with great timing.

William Troost-Ekong (5 points): a bunch of defenders are tied at five points because so many teams did not concede. Troost-Ekong was immediately thrusted into action after joining from Bursaspor and proved to be reliable while asked to fill the big void left by the departure of Danilo. Udinese for the most part managed to control Sampdoria’s explosive attack this week.

Niccolò Brighenti (5 points): after conceding four goals to Atalanta and looking helpless, Frosinone took a big step by keeping a clean sheet against Bologna, which is not the most dynamic team, but still very seasoned. The Ciociari allowed only a big scoring opportunity, but luckily for them Blerin Dzemaili missed it.

Joao Cancelo (5 points): he pushed constantly and is already starting to become a reference point for his teammates. He showed some improvements in the defensive phase as well.

Piotr Zielinski (8 points): the Napoli midfielder powered Napoli’s comeback against Milan with two of his trademark shots from distance that caught Gianluigi Donnarumma by surprise.

Marco Benassi (8 points): Fiorentina humiliated Chievo and the midfielder played a big part by netting a brace, first with an easy header after a perfect central run on a counter, then by slotting it in from in close, but from angled position after a very gentle first touch.

Emiliano Rigoni (8 points): the Argentinian forward perfectly replaced Alejandro Gomez in Atalanta’s XI, tearing apart Roma’s defence with his quickness and finishing with aplomb twice.

Miralem Pjanic (6 points): in a weekend rich of gems, his half volley stood out.

Gerson (6 points): the former Roma midfielder looked fantastic in his first official game with Fiorentina, completely at ease in Stefano Pioli’s system and dished several quality plays. He pounced on a loose ball on a set piece for his first goal in ages, then perfectly set up Federico Chiesa with a through ball.

Leonardo Pavoletti (8 points): he scored 90% of his goal with headers last year and he picked up where he left off by bagging two more, first on a delivery from the left by Simone Padoin, then outjumping and outmuscling everybody on a corner kick.

Giovanni Simeone (6 points): with his father on the stands, El Cholito did his thing against Chievo, finding very late a deserved goal after a couple of point-blank tries were thwarted by the goalie or the defenders. He also found Benassi with a robust and pinpoint cross for the three-nothing goal.

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