Serie A Team of the Week – Round 13


The last round was a little meager in terms of scoring because few teams that were shut out. Here are the best performers.

Stefano Sorrentino (7 points): defenses bounced back after struggling in the match days prior to the break and nine teams managed to keep a clean sheet. None was more impressive than Chievo’s one at San Paolo, where their goalie made eight saves, including a pair of key and beautiful ones. Lukasz Skorupski and Alessio Cragno’s performances to stymie Fiorentina was also noteworthy.

William Troost-Ekong (5 points): a myriad of defenders got five points because their sides did not concede. The Udinese centre-back played a major role in stifling Roma on Saturday, blanketing first Patrik Schick and then Edin Dzeko.

Danilo (5 points): Fiorentina are not a super explosive team, especially on the road, but their talented front-line still presents some problems, so he gets the token Bologna spot for stopping them on Sunday.

Kevin Malcuit (5 points): Napoli did not manage to score against Chievo, but the Frenchman had another productive outing while trying to generate some offense with few sorties down the right flank.

Cristiano Biraghi (5 points): similarly to the Partenopei fullback, he too tried to propel his team, sending in double-digit crosses and creating some dangerous situations with his left foot.

Rodrigo De Paul (5 points): only three midfielders hit the net in this round and he was the only one to combine that with a clean sheet and, more importantly for Udinese, with a win. Davide Nicolas went with a very light attack against Roma and he stepped up slicing the back-line and finishing with aplomb in front of Robin Olsen.

Joaquin Correa (4 points): the super-sub again delivered for Lazio, as he netted the equalizer in the final minutes with a lovely and angled half volley from outside the box after settling the ball very nicely.

Remo Freuler (4 points): the Swiss midfielder scored the opening goal in the Empoli clash by knocking it on goal from inside the box after a pair of ricochets.

Balde Keita (10 points): he was the highest earner this week as he was a force versus Frosinone, where he scored two dazzling goals and provided an assist. In the first one, he duped two defenders with a hesitation move and slotted it home with a lefty daisy-cutter, then he was clinical in the one-on-one to finish off the opponents late.

Lautaro Martinez (6 points): he was awarded a pretty generous assist on the first Keita goal, but his header in a pivotal moment of the Frosinone match was a thing beauty and worth a spot on his own.

Gervinho (4 points): the Ivorian attacker was a one-man wrecking crew on Saturday and dissected the Sassuolo defense multiple times with his electrifying sprints. He found the target after one of them, also showing tremendous determination by pursuing the rebound off his own shot and tapping it in.

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