Serie A Team of the Week – Round 8


Most of the big names delivered in the last Serie A round, even though not many strikers managed to make it to the XI because of several good performances in the other roles.

David Ospina (7 points): six teams kept a clean sheet in the last weekend and, among the goalkeepers involved, Ospina did it against the most prolific opponent and had few eye-catching and unconventional saves.

Lorenzo Tonelli (9 points): he was the only defender to score this weekend and his header on a corner kick sunk Atalanta. He had a five-goal season once at Empoli, we might see that again now that he is back being a starter.

Joao Cancelo (7 points): a dazzling display for the Portuguese right back in Udine, where he wreaked havoc down the right flank, assisted Rodrigo Bentancur, could have easily had another dime, and smacked the crossbar from distance.

Stefan Radu (7 points): his flick-on on a corner kick set up Ciro Immobile’s volley and that was enough to best Fiorentina on Sunday. The veteran is facing some fierce competition, but Simone Inzaghi continues to rely heavily on him.

Elseid Hysaj (7 points): the Napoli staple moved to the left flank to fill in for the suspended Mario Rui and, on top of some ordinate defensive work, he fed Lorenzo Insigne before his wonderful curled shot.

Suso (6 points): the Spaniard racked up six points even though Milan did not keep a clean sheet by picking up three assists. The first two were, to Gonzalo Higuain, were superb since he perfectly freed his teammate in prime position to score.

Steven N’Zonzi (6 points): his contribution is always precious even if rarely attacks, but he was able to find the target on Saturday with a well-directed header from the middle of the box.

Joao Pedro (6 points): he contributed to Cagliari’s first home win with a header on a pinpoint delivery by Lucas Castro, who tied him fantasy-wise because he assisted Leonardo Pavoletti as well. He was used as second-striker because of Marco Sau and Diego Farias’ struggles and the decision paid immediate dividends.

Luca Siligardi (6 points): a deserved token spot for Parma, which were running on fumes with Roberto Inglese and Gervinho injured, but the reserves stepped up. Siligardi netted the second goal of the game with a tenacious solo action finished off with a tremendous lefty curled shot.

Mauro Icardi (8 points): he carried Inter on his shoulders on Sunday night. The first goal was a little lucky, helped by a double deflection by Johan Djourou, while the second was one of his usual clinical finishes after beating the offside trap on a sweet through ball by Ivan Perisic.

Gonzalo Higuain (7 points): he quickly shook off the rust caused by the hamstring injury with two easy goals from close range, perfectly set up twice by Suso.

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