Serie A Team of the Week – Round 21


Once again lots of goals in the Serie A weekend: here’s the best XI.

David Ospina (7 points): the Colombian goalkeeper drew a surprising start and helped his team with a fantastic save late on a close-range attempt by Mateo Musacchio.

Armando Izzo (9 points): the Torino back-line not only stonewalled Inter, but also two defenders combined for the game-winning goal. Izzo is not much of a goal scorer, he had just four in over 150 appearances, but one header was more than enough to bring home the full spoils on Sunday.

Cristian Ansaldi (7 points): his fantasy stocks are helped by the fact that he is being used, and thriving, as central midfielder while Soualiho Meitè and Daniele Baselli are out. He capped off a very productive performance by sending in the corner kick for Izzo.

Alessio Romagnoli (5 points): clamping down Napoli’s attack is pretty hard these days and on Sunday they had all three of their top strikers on the pitch, but Milan repelled them with relative ease, earning a shout-out for their leader.

Andrea Beghetto (6 points): a dazzling outing for the left back, who has taken over the position in the last month or so and proved his worth with two velvety crosses to set up two teammates.

Francesco Cassata (6 points): he took part to Frosinone’s massive win with a pretty sweet assist for Andrea Pinamonti. His most meaningful contribution was inadvertent, as he drew Federico Mattiello’s early red card that vastly aided Frosinone.

Darko Lazovic (6 points): he powered Genoa past Empoli with a magnificent display, where he bagged one and also assisted Antonio Sanabria, reaping the benefits of a more offensive role.

Manuel Locatelli (6 points): he paved the way for his side with an easy goal in the early going, tapping in the ball on a rebound. After trying out as metronome with mixed results, his play as box-to-box is encouraging.

Fabio Quagliarella (10 points): he looked pretty antsy and eager to score in the initial portion of the match, but after he got it done he performed with his usual class, drilling a second penalty and then teeing up Manolo Gabbiadini on a counter.

Federico Chiesa (8 points): the Fiorentina star single-handedly won the game with his team down to ten men with two masterful fast-breaks, finishing the first one with aplomb and perfectly combining with Gerson on the second.

Edin Dzeko (8 points): he was not heard in Serie A play for over three points, which was astounding, but he finally re-appeared on Sunday, with a rather comfortable brace that should have led to a win, but Atalanta had other plans. Camillo Ciano and Roberto Inglese also netted braces in a fruitful round for strikers.

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