Serie A Team of the Week – Round 1

Jesse Joronen (7 points): some imperfections for the newcomer, but also, and more importantly, two massive and decisive saves on menacing attempts by Joao Pedro and Artur Ionita late in the game that secured a surprising Brescia win in Cagliari.

Giorgio Chiellini (9 points): the grizzled veteran decided the Juventus’ season-opener in Parma with a sly deflection in a scrum on a botched shot by a teammate. Then the usual reliable work on the other end.

Rodrigo Becao (9 points): he could not have asked for a better Serie A debut as he often bounced Krzysztof Piatek off his tracks with his physicality and buried the game-winning goal with a tremendous header.

Alex Sandro (7 points): he had not look this good in ages, playing with a ton of verve in both phases, and he also contributed to the goal with a scuffed shot from the edge of the box.

Erick Pulgar (6 points): he was used in a different position, as box-to-box, in his Fiorentina day view and delivered, stripping the opponents several times and dishing classy plays. He remains lethal on set pieces, as he converted a penalty and assisted Nikola Milenkovic with a perfect corner kick.

Joaquin Correa (6 points): Lazio had an easy time perforating Sampdoria’s back-line and he pitched in with an easy goal after sneaking behind the defenders.

Luis Alberto (6 points): he did not score, but he was instrumental in the Biancocelesti’s offensive masterclass by assisting Ciro Immobile and Joaquin Correa twice with great balls over the top.

Marcelo Brozovic (6 points): in a round full of great goals, his marvellous curl surely belongs among the most marvellous ones.

Lorenzo Insigne (12 points): a dominating performance for the little genius, who netted a relatively easy brace and he also set up the other two Napoli’s goals, feeding José Callejon and Dries Mertens previous to their stunning shots.

Ciro Immobile (8 points): he toyed with Sampdoria’s offside trap all night long and broke through twice, chipping one of the goalie and then beating him again with a flying deflection on a one-on-one.

Luis Muriel (8 points): he took the game by the scruff of its neck, hitting SPAL like a tornado after entering the pitch, and completed Atalanta’s comeback with two astounding efforts from outside the box. The rich gets richer.

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