Serie A Team of the Week – Round 28

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Andrei Radu (7 points): there was just one clean sheet in this round and amazingly it was the top scoring offence, Juventus’ one, that got shackled, so the Genoa goalie was the only one to bring home seven points and he did not even had to sweat too much to do it.

Domenico Criscito (5 points): he gets the token spot for the Griffon’s back-line, which featured all the highest earners among defenders, for his diligent work on both phases. He has been a crossing machine after switching to left back.

Adam Marusic (4 points): he paved the way for Lazio’s rout of Parma by smashing one home on the near post from angled position catching Luigi Sepe by surprise.

Luca Ceppitelli (3 points): he bagged the second and deciding one against Fiorentina with a pretty header and this time no opponent deflected it and robbed him of his first goal of the season.

Luis Alberto (10 points): the Spanish genius is finally back in the scoresheet. He first drilled a penalty and then fired home a laser accurate strike from distance. He put the cherry on top by setting up Senad Lulic’s goal, tacking on two more points.

Dries Mertens (8 points): another awaited return, as he had not scored since the end of December. He first teed up Amin Younes and José Callejon with pinpoint dimes and then took it upon himself and bagged a sublime little lefty curled shot to take down Udinese.

Gregoire Defrel (6 points): he had not been heard in ages, but he broke through on Saturday, when he was fielded out of position as trequartista due to numerous absences. A comfortable tap-in helped him snap out of a three-month scoring slump and then he fed Karol Linetty prior to his successful effort from medium range.

Stefano Sturaro (6 points): a fairytale return on the pitch for him, who had yet to play this season due to a tough summer injury and was much maligned for his lofty price tag. He helped upending the team that sold him with a precise attempt that was helped by a misleading bounce in front of the goalkeeper’s hands.

Fabio Quagliarella (6 points): his reign of terror continued on Saturday with a chippie and a helper for a teammate. He is starting to run away atop of the scorers’ chart and has totaled new personal bests in terms of goals and assists. Bow down to the king.

Lautaro Martinez (6 points): he has been pretty much the only winner in the extenuating Mauro Icardi saga and he made his presence felt in the Derby too by perfectly flicking it on for Matias Vecino on the first goal and then keeping his aplomb from the penalty spot in a high pressure situation.

José Callejon (6 points): two goals in a row for the winger, who netted an easy one in the early going and then connected with Arkadiusz Milik on a corner kick.

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