Serie A Best XI – Round Three

Alex Meret (7 points): Napoli breezed past Sampdoria, but their goalie saved them twice in the first half, with a great instinctive save on Alex Ferrari and then hypnotizing Emiliano Rigoni on a one-on-one.

Luca Ceppitelli (7 points): he exaggerated in the Parma game with a brace, finding the target first with his feet as he was left all alone in the box and then with a textbook and more traditional header. A rare appearance in the top XI for a defender that did not keep a clean sheet.

Giovanni Di Lorenzo (7 points): the former Empoli fullback continues to impress at Napoli and he provided another assist, this time perfectly linking up with Dries Mertens with a square ball on the near post.

Diego Godin (7 points): he picked up an assist too, but way craftier as he set up Stefano Sensi’s header with a pinpoint longball.

Dries Mertens (10 points): he is loving life sans Arkadiusz Milik as he is serving as the focal point of Napoli’s offense and both parties are reaping the benefit of this situation. He scored twice against Sampdoria, first on a deadly cut and sudden strike and then on a trail and with the help of a deflection.

Riccardo Orsolini (6 points): after two relatively quiet games, he introduced himself to the 2019 campaign with a juicy assist for Rodrigo Palacio and more importantly with a lovely goal to cap off an incredible comeback.

Stefano Sensi (6 points): he is in such a tear that he is discovering new ways to score and the acrobatic header he pulled off against Udinese was surely an unexpected one.

Lorenzo Pellegrini (5 points): a hat-trick of assists for the Roma midfielder, who set up his teammates in three different ways, first with a corner kick, then with a precise trough ball and finally with a gorgeous pass over the top to beat the offside trap.

Alfredo Donnarumma (8 points): the transition to the top league has not hurt his scoring chops and he tacked on two more exploiting some miscommunications in the Bologna back-line.

Domenico Berardi (8 points): Sassuolo were out of the game after a terrible half, but he gave them life with a splendid free kick and then a comfortable finish in the box, where he demonstrated great chemistry with Francesco Caputo. Maybe this is the year for his much-awaited definitive explosion.

Rodrigo Palacio (6 points): the old reliable had not done much so far this season but picked the right time for Bologna to break through, tucking it home on an Orsolini square ball and then returning the favor for the game-winner.

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