Serie A Team of the Week – Round 38

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Ionut Radu (7 points): the best goalkeepers of the round all ended up conceding at least a goal, so the nod goes to the Genoa one for his ordinary but diligent work in the Fiorentina game, where the Griffon came away with the point they needed.

Franck Kessie (9 points): he was a beast in the SPAL match, as he set up Hakan Calhanoglu’s goal with a pinpoint square ball, found the target with a scorcher and ultimately buried a penalty. He concluded an up-and-down season with his finest performance.

Nicolas Frey (5 points): the veteran helped Chievo keep a clean sheet in Frosinone by thwarting the two most dangerous chances by the opponents, blocking a Luca Paganini shot and intercepting at the last moment a cross for Daniel Ciofani in the six-yard box.

Omar Colley (5 points): stymieing even the current muted version of Juventus is still a decent accomplishment and the Gambian centre-back put all his muscularity to good use on Sunday.

Nikola Milenkovic (5 points): Fiorentina managed to hold the adversaries scoreless for the first time in a while and the Serbian hybrid defender also had some decent forays on offense. He has not really taken the step forward he was supposed to this year though.

Alejandro Gomez (6 points): El Papu powered Atalanta’s second half surge with a tap-in and with a perfect cross for the onrushing Mario Pasalic. His numbers have taken a slight hit since he has been moved to no.10, but his importance to the team is at all-time high and his leadership is key.

Gregoire Defrel (6 points): the long winter drought conspicuously decreases his stats, but he had a strong start and an effective finish of the season, capped by a successful scuffed shot against Juventus after bamboozling a pair of defenders with his dummies.

Radja Nainggolan (4 points): a massive goal for the Ninja, who showed his cold blood by slotting it right near the post in the empty net after Matias Vecino smashed the box. Injuries and poor form affected him for most of the season, but he was instrumental in the final push.

Federico Santander (10 points): the growth of Riccardo Orsolini and Mattia Destro made him vanish in the offensive rotations, but he drew the start in the season finale and pierced Napoli with two headers, displaying great alertness on the second one.

Gianluca Caprari (4 points): he doubled Sampdoria’s lead against with a gem of a free kick, where he managed to get the ball to descend in time despite the short distance from the goal. A pearler that partly repays him off the time spent on the mend due to an unfortunate fibula fracture.

Duvan Zapata (4 points): he has not always delivered in big games, but in this case the luck of the bounce rewarded him, as he bungled a tap-in but the clearance by the defender ricocheted off of him and into the goal. A fitting way to conclude the best season of his career.

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