Serie A Team of the Week – Round 24


Salvatore Sirigu (7 points): he was probably a little lucky in his best save, on Lorenzo Insigne’s sure-fire attempt, but still made few other deciding ones that allowed Torino to stop Napoli.

Leonardo Bonucci (9 points): the acrobatic tap-in on the goal line, on top of a very easy clean sheet, made him the highest earner for this round.

Matias Silvestre (5 points): Empoli were finally able to prevent the opponents from scoring after failing to do so for 20 straight matches, and therefore the leader of their back-line gets a token spot.

William Troost-Ekong (5 points): Chievo are always a little pesky, but Udinese held them in check with the help of a strong showing by the Nigerian centre-back in a round where clean sheets where hard to come by.

Rade Krunic (6 points): Andrea Consigli tipped his first powerful effort, but he scored a little later with a terrific run through the middle and a little chip over the goalie.

Hakan Calhanoglu (6 points): Gennaro Gattuso had continued to rely on him even to a fault during his crisis, but he finally broke through in the massive clash with Atalanta by bagging a long-range attempt. He was the player who had shot the most without finding the target even once prior to Saturday.

Afriyie Acquah (6 points): he celebrated his return to the XI with an easy goal trailing the action, completing a one-two punch within a couple of minutes that knocked out Sassuolo.

Jordan Veretout (5 points): he drilled his fourth penalty of the season, keeping his cool in a very heated environment, and also kick-started Giovanni Simeone’s amazing run.

Krzysztof Piatek (8 points): the Gunslinger continues to produce absolute gems and probably this season none was brighter than the volley allowed Milan to equalize the Atalanta game. The second one was a little easier, but he showed tons of guts by squeezing through the goalkeeper and Duvan Zapata for a header on a corner kick.

Leonardo Pavoletti (7 points): Cagliari needed his centre-forward to resume scoring and he roared with a brace on Saturday night, burying the first one with a slide to beat the goalie to the punch and then netting yet another header.

Diego Farias (6 points): he was uncatchable against Sassuolo, where he set up Afriyie Acquah’s goal by weaving through enemies and sending in a square ball from the base line and then scored one himself, gliding past a defender on open space with the tightest of dribbles.

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