Serie A Team of the Week – Round 34


Salvatore Sirigu (7 points): in another round that was lacking in terms of clean sheets, only three, the tentacular Torino goalie once again separate himself from the pack, mainly for a great save on a Tiemoue Bakayoko deep into the Milan game.

Federico Fazio (9 points): he paved the way for Roma’s easy win against Cagliari by leaping into the air to precisely send the ball towards the far post and outside of Alessio Cragno’s reach. He has impressively already scored five times this year.

Aleksandar Kolarov (9 points): after multiple attempts, he was the one to finally bag Roma’s third goal on Saturday, with a persistent foray that he started and finished tracking down the second ball after a teammate was denied.

Faouzi Ghoulam (5 points): he showed glimpses of his peak form in Frosinone and, after very tough stretch injury-wise, he could resume being a weapon in the final games and more importantly next season.

Dries Mertens (6 points): he pulled even with Diego Armando Maradona in the Napoli’s all-time scoring list and the goal was fittingly beautiful as he beat the goalie with a gorgeous short-range free kick.

Amin Younes (6 points): he took advantage of Allan and Lorenzo Insigne’s absences to draw the start and sure made the most of it with a very dynamic performance embellished by a splendid goal, where he pulled off a sick dribble to set up a comfortable finish.

Javier Pastore (6 points): he had not made a peep in months, but he too filled in due to some absences and showed off some of the class he is recognized for by slotting it home with a lovely touch. He could have easily had a brace, but the crossbar stopped him.

Roberto Soriano (5 points): Bologna were carried by his January additions in the seminal clash with Empoli and the ex-Torino man tied the match by sneaking through defenders for a header and then fed Riccardo Orsolini prior to his stunning strike.

Felipe Caicedo (8 points): he continues to be a force to be reckoned with and he had a Duvan Zapata-like performance to down Sampdoria, where he put his overwhelming physical traits and his nose for the goal to good use.

Nicola Sansone (6 points): he rounded up the score against Empoli with an easy goal on a fast-break, but his most valuable contribution was probably the cross with which he picked out Soriano for the equalizer.

Alex Berenguer (4 points): replacing Iago Falque is no easy feat, but he has been more than serviceable in his attempt and found the target versus Milan with a screamer.

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