Serie A Team of the Week – Round 32

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The round was rather meager in terms of scoring, but prolific for defenders.

Andrea Consigli (7 points): Sassuolo pulled the strings for most of the clash with Parma, but it was not for his save on Fabio Ceravolo’s penalty in the first half they could have found themselves in a very eerie situation.

Frank Kessié (9 points): the Milan powerhouse decided the seminal bout with Lazio with a penalty, which perhaps he should not have even taken, and went mano-a-mano with the talented opponents all night long.

Kalidou Koulibaly (8 points): he was able to open his seasonal tally with a brace, perfectly taking advantage of the holes of Chievo’s defense on set pieces. The late goal by Bostjan Cesar prevented him from putting together an even more impressive fantasy haul.

Ivan Marcano (5 points): he deputized for the suspended Aleksandar Kolarov on the left flank and surprisingly looked like a pure fullback, hence mitigating the absence of the always productive teammate.

Danilo (5 points): Bologna succeeded in frustrating Fiorentina’s attacks mostly thanks to his great command in leading the back-line.

Gregoire Defrel (6 points): he put his stamp in the Derby right away with an early easy goal, where he excelled in positioning and elusiveness, Genoa were unable to recover from.

Radja Nainggolan (4 points): Inter leaned on their big guns in Frosinone and the Ninja broke the deadlock with a header on a vintage cut to bag his third goal of the season.

Ivan Perisic (4 points): he and Mauro Icardi have had a complicated relationship, but the two are mending bridges and the striker allowed him to take the two-nil penalty against the Ciociari.

Fabio Quagliarella (6 points): such a fantastic season would not have felt complete if he did not leave his mark on the Derby della Lanterna and he certainly did by perfectly setting up Gregoire Defrel with a wicked square ball and ultimately slaying the Griffon when it was down from the penalty spot after Davide Biraschi’s red card.

Leonardo Pavoletti (4 points): the best air specialist in the League lived up to his reputation against Torino with a terrific header, where he perfectly toed the offside trap and left Salvatore Sirigu flat-footed with his accurate.

Arkadiusz Milik (4 points): it is no secret that he has range on top of his deadly nose for the goal in the box and he beat Stefano Sorrentino with a nasty shot from outside the box on Sunday.

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