Serie A Team of the Week – Round 33


Salvatore Sirigu (7 points): in the post-game, his coach Walter Mazzarri called him the #1 goalkeeper in Serie A and he has certainly been pound-by-pound the best performer between the sticks thus far. He further built his case with two tremendous dives on menacing headers by Lukas Lerager and Christian Kouame.

Erick Pulgar (9 points): his lethal right foot created the first two Bologna goals on Saturday on free kicks, as the first one led to Emil Audero’s deflection on Andrea Tonelli’s leg and into the net after rattling the crossbar, while the second one, from near the corner kick spot, had an insane trajectory that surprised the goalie.

Cristian Ansaldi (9 points): he has been brilliant in the past few months and he solved the clash with Genoa by firing it home from the right-hand portion of the box at the conclusion of a quick fast-break.

Luca Ceppitelli (5 points): Cagliari were one of the only three teams that managed to keep a clean sheet in this round and Ceppitelli neatly led the back-line against Frosinone, which have at times been frisky on the road.

Joao Pedro (5 points): the Brazilian playmaker scored against from the penalty spot versus the Ciociari, notching his seventh one in the same, which is noteworthy for somebody who is listed as a midfielder.

Riccardo Orsolini (5 points): he rounded up the score against Sampdoria with a little help from Audero, but his attempt at a bicycle kick, while not picture perfect, was decently pretty to begin with.

Ivan Perisic (4 points): he capped off a strong display against Roma with an easy header off a back-door cut that allowed Inter to knot the Roma game and avoid troubles in the standings.

Samuel Castillejo (4 points): he provided a jolt off the bench in Parma and broke the deadlock deep into the second half with a bullet header on a supreme Suso cross, but it was not enough for Milan to come away with the full spoils.

Andrea Petagna (9 points): another terrific showing by the big-bodied attacker, who drilled a penalty, blasted one home from the edge of the box and fed Mirco Antenucci prior to his successful curled shot. He has put together a fantastic season.

Sergio Floccari (6 points): he contributed to a key win for SPAL with a tremendous diving header to give them their first lead and then assisting the second Petagna goal. It took them a while, but the Estensi might have finally found the right partner for the ex-Atalanta striker.

Duvan Zapata (6 points)a remarkable display against his former team for the Colombian powerhouse, who burned none other than Kalidou Koulibaly to tap in the equalizer and then showed great altruism later on, flicking it back to Mario Pasalic, who was in much better position, rather than stubbornly trying to conclude.

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