Serie A Team of the Week – Round 16

Andrea Consigli (7 points): a solid week for defences, as ten teams managed to keep a clean sheet. There was no particularly outstanding pieces of goalkeeping though, as the clubs that did not allow a goal mostly stymied the opponents before they could get to shoot. Consigli had a pair of solid saves on Daniel Ciofani early.

Giorgio Chiellini (5 points): if Torino did not manage to score despite outplaying Juventus for a good chunck of the Derby, it is because of the ubiquity of the Juventus captain.

Kevin Bonifazi (5 points): no defenders managed to separate themselves from the pack in this round, so there is a parade of them tied at five points thanks the clean sheet. The SPAL youngster has supplanted Thiago Cionek and more than held his own against a sneaky Chievo team. He is supremely physical and he is starting to put it all together.

Federico Barba (5 points): the Chievo back-line has massively improved since Domenico Di Carlo took the reins, as they have allowed just two goals in four matches. The ex-Stuttgart man turned in another solid shift in Ferrara.

Gianluca Mancini (5 points): he got a slightly surprising start with all his teammates healthy and contributed to stonewalling Lazio with a near impeccable performance.

Dennis Praet (6 points): he has always been dependable on the pitch, but never too noteworthy fantasy-wise. However, he is coming on strong there in recent weeks and in the Parma match he set up both Gianluca Caprari and Fabio Quagliarella with pinpoint assists.

Bryan Dabo (4 points): he did not get to play much this year as he has fallen out of the rotation a little bit, but he exploited limited minutes he was given on Sunday with a missile from deep that sealed the contest.

Alfred Duncan (4 points): he almost replicated last week’s haul, when he netted one and had an assist. This time, he caused an own goal by Lorenzo Ariaudo and then fed Domenico Berardi prior to his successful curled shot.

Justin Kluivert (6 points): Roma have been waiting for him to break through in Serie A as well. He certainly did on Sunday, scoring in a pivotal moment with a tremendous run and cross-shot and he also linked up with Bryan Cristante for 3-2 goal.

Giovanni Simeone (6 points): he was quiet, not to say disappointing, for a long stretch, but he has now found the target twice in a row, with an easy header this time, and also connected with Kevin Mirallas with a timely through ball for the early equalizer.

Arkadiusz Milik (4 points): another late game-winner for the Pole, who took the responsibility and buried a dazzling free kick, showing off an unexpected arrow in his increasingly large quiver.

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