Serie A Team of the Week – Round 20


Serie A returned in full force with a gorgeous weekend of football. Here are the top performers.

Samir Handanovic (7 points): just five clean sheets in this round, by Inter, Sassuolo, Milan, Juventus and Atalanta. The veteran goalie had the best showing, denying two close range attempts by Kevin-Prince Boateng and Jeremie Boga to preserve the tie. Gianluca Donnarumma was not far behind.

Gianluca Mancini (9 points): he has already scored five goals thus far, which is more than most midfielders. He added a new wrinkle on Sunday, as he did not do damage on a set piece, but simply followed an offensive action by his side, then his teammates fed him with a solid cross.

Daniele Rugani (9 points): Juventus defender punctuated a stellar team performance with an easy header in the late stages of the game.

Hans Hateboer (7 points): he and Berat Djimsiti both collected seven points because they provided an assist to Duvan Zapata in Frosinone. The fullback had a slightly better performance overall.

Andrea Conti (7 points): after faring well in Coppa Italia, the former Atalanta star showed up in Serie A play as well with a pretty run down the right flank and an even better assist. Sometimes it is cliché that a player returning from injury is a new purchase, but in this case it truly is.

Suso (6 points): the Spaniard had more lively performances this season, but on Sunday he had the merit of finishing off the opponents with a crisp cross-shot. He did most of the work by beating the a ridiculously high offside trap there.

Emre Can (6 points): the German midfielder sealed the deal for Juventus just before half-time with a finish in the bottom right corner worthy of a consummate striker.

Nicolò Zaniolo (4 points): the starlet opened the score versus Torino with a quick reaction after his first effort was saved and he fell to the ground, finding the proper coordination in no-time.

Miha Zajc (4 points): he came close to netting a goal for the ages with a bicycle kick in the early going, but then he indeed scored in the second half with a sweet lefty strike.

Duvan Zapata (18 points): there is not much more to say about the Colombian striker, who has bagged all of his 14 goals in the last 10 matches. He was already on fire, then if the opponents let him cook, these are the results.

Luis Muriel (8 points): his first game with Fiorentina could not have gone any better. He was dominant and hit the net thanks to two stunning runs, where he bounced off some opponents, glided past others with grace and finished with aplomb.

Fabio Quagliarella (8 points): his streak remains alive in the stadium of the record holder, Gabriel Omar Batistuta. He converted a penalty, while the second goal, where he schooled two defenders was textbook.

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