Serie A Team of the Week – Round 4

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Some of the biggest names finally delivered in the last weekend: here are the best players for round 4.

Thomas Strakosha (7 points): five teams managed to keep a clean sheet, so few goalies are together atop of the positional rankings. The Albanian had easily the best save of the week, which might easily go down as one of the finest in the year, as he thwarted a point-blank attempt by Francesco Caputo at the last second by sticking his foot out with perfect timing.

Federico Dimarco (8 points): the Parma left back, who entered the game at half time because the starter Massimo Gobbi got hurt, punished the team he is on loan from with an unreal lefty strike from long range that had Roberto Carlos-like vibes.

Domenico Criscito (7 points): Genoa held Bologna in check offensively, which is not exactly a feat these days, more over he provided another assist by feeding Krzysztof Piatek, but the striker did most of the work there.

Joachim Andersen (7 points): similarly to Criscito, the Dane contributed to shutting down the feckless Frosinone attack and found Gregoire Defrel with a long ball for the third goal of the contest.

Kalidou Koulibaly (5 points): Napoli had a defensive performance that resembled their stellar ones from last year and the giant lead the way against Federico Chiesa and company.

Gregoire Defrel (9 points): he joined the party in Ciociaria late, but outperformed everybody with his brace. First, he humiliated a defender by gliding past him at twice the speed and finished with aplomb, then he cashed in on a square ball by Gaston Ramirez.

Marco Parolo (5 points): he generally does not have that many opportunities to attack the box now that Lazio features both Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto, but he decided the Empoli game with a clutch goal, where he cut deep and quickly adjusted to the ball after a whiff by a defender.

Joao Pedro (4 points): the fantasy stud immediately made his presence felt upon returning as he beat the defenders on a rebound and put the ball past Gianluigi Donnarumma with a robust conclusion.

Cristiano Ronaldo (8 points): it took him three games, but his so-called slump is finally over and he could have had more than two goals. He could not miss the first one from less than one meter after the ball had bounced off the post, then he coolly finalized a counter with a lefty cross-shot.

Andrea Petagna (7 points): the centre-forward was often maligned in Bergamo for his lack of scoring, but on Monday he got back to his former team with a pair of opportunistic goals.

Fabio Quagliarella (6 points): another impeccable performance for the veteran striker who did not have a highlight like in the Napoli game, but was keyed the Frosinone win with the first goal and an assist that sealed the deal.

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