Serie A Team of the Week – Round 22


Lukas Skorupski (7 points): a limited amount of clean sheets in this round and the goalkeepers that who managed did not have particularly remarkable showings, so the nod goes to the one who did it in the most arduous match-up, even though he has to thank the imprecision of the opponents rather than his own ability.

Hans Hateboer (9 points): his header on a long cross solved a tricky game for Atalanta.

Kalidou Koulibaly (5 points): he heard the noise after the loss in Coppa Italia against Milan, where Krzysztof Piatek run circles around the Napoli back-line, but the Senegalese bounced back in a big way against Sampdoria, completely shutting down the opponents.

Ola Aina (5 points): containing Manuel Lazzarri from scampering up and down the flank is never easy, but the young fullback held the foe in check on Sunday, adding another notch to his already solid season.

Erick Pulgar (7 points): he benefitted from Bologna keeping a clean sheet and sent in the pinpoint corner kick for Federico Santander’s game-winning header.

Emanuele Giaccherini (4 points): low scores by midfielder in this round, so one goal was enough to make the cut. Giaccherini is in fine form these days and took advantage of a slip-up by the Empoli defence and hammered one in left top corner to give his team the lead.

Filip Djuricic (4 points): the ex-Benevento attacker is getting a lot more playing time recently and he capitalized on it versus Genoa with a pretty little goal. He was also used as false-nine for a little stretch and Sassuolo sold Kevin-Prince Boateng without replacing him: if it became a regular thing, his fantasy value would skyrocket.

Juraj Kucka (4 points): he did not look great in his first couple of matches back in Serie A, but his legs are under him now and he provided two key assists on Sunday in Turin, feeding Antonino Barillà with an accurate long cross and Gervinho with a square ball.

Cristiano Ronaldo (10 points): a superb display by the Portuguese ace, who started to bomb away right off the bat and eventually put together a two-goal plus assist performance. He was helped by a deflection and a weird bounce on the first goal, while his vertical on the header was stunning. He could have had two more dishes if his teammates were more precise.

Gervinho (8 points): Parma keep collecting great results on the road and he is the main reason why. He constantly keeps defenders on his toes with his ability to bust out a run on the open field, but this time he actually punished the mighty enemy with his aplomb in the box, hitting the net with a back-heel flick and then making no mistake on an easy finish.

Francesco Caputo (8 points): his first goal was an easy tap-in, but it was a vital one for Empoli, minutes after Chievo had doubled the lead and just before half time. In the second one, he somehow shook free from defenders on a punt by his goalie.

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