Serie A Team of the Week – Round 17

Alex Meret (7 points): five clean sheets this week, with some fine goalkeeping too. Napoli had to sweat against SPAL, but the youngster answered the bell with two solid saves to protect the result late.

Raul Albiol (9 points): the Azzurri attack came up shot on Saturday, but the Spanish defender steered the game in their direction with a wicked header that turned out to be the game-winner.

Mattia De Sciglio (7 points): Juventus’ back-line did not crack under pressure versus Roma and the fullback played a major role in the deciding goal with a sharp cross to set up Mario Mandzukic.

Nikola Milenkovic (5 points): stopping Milan’s attack has not proven to be particularly hard these days, but the Serbian defender was still impressive on Saturday, completely swallowing up Samu Castillejo on his flank.

Arturo Calabresi (5 points): Bologna managed to hold Parma scoreless at the Tardini stadium, which has not been easy for anybody this year, and the budding centre-back came close to scoring on a corner kick.

Darko Lazovic (4 points): his stunning half-volley paved the way to a quality win for Genoa against a strong opponent. A deserved recognition for the winger, who has been a terror on the flank so far this season.

Senad Lulic (4 points): his precious contribution rarely shows up in the scoresheet, but it certainly did on Saturday, where he clinically finished on a one-on-one after a two-man fast break. He tried to return the favor to Ciro Immobile a little later, but the striker sent it wide.

Rolando Mandragora (4 points): his volley was not enough to propel Udinese past Frosinone, but it was certainly a thing of beauty. A spectacular way to net his first goal of the season.

Gianluca Caprari (7 points): he got a little help from a distracted Ivan Provedel against Empoli, but bagging a brace coming off the bench is a rare feat and the two goals were pretty too.

Krzysztof Piatek (4 points): he was given just one goal because Rafael Toloi voluntarily deflected his header, which seemed destined to go in regardless. The curled shot from the edge of the box to seal the deal against Atalanta was worthy of a spot here on his own though.

Mario Mandzukic (4 points): the big Croatian never seems to disappoint when tangling against top competition and he did it again versus Roma, annihilating Davide Santon on a cross and easily heading it home.

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