Serie A Best Fantasy XI – Round Five

Samir Handanovic (7 points): very strong goalkeeping in the midweek round, in particular by Udinese’s Juan Musso, Atalanta’s Pierluigi Gollini and Cagliari’s Robin Olsen, but the Inter veteran outdid them with few monster saves where it looked like he had glue on his gloves.

Danilo D’Ambrosio (8 points): he was unlucky not to score in the Derby, but he found a massive goal on Wednesday as he easily beat Jony on a long delivery and headed it home. Either as centre-back or as wing-backs, he has been very useful to the cause.

Cristiano Biraghi (7 points): he has not managed to overtake Kwadwo Asamoah in the hierarchies, but he got the start in the midweek round and perfectly set up D’Ambrosio’s game-winner with a long and accurate cross. He did it few times in his Fiorentina days and could resume being a fantasy weapon if he managed to play consistently.

Fabio Pisacane (5 points): Cagliari resisted beyond belief against Napoli and he is always the heart and soul of their defence and made few key interventions in this one as well.

Rafael Toloi (5 points): Atalanta’s back-line was shaky to say the least in the first few rounds, but his insertion, along with Simon Kjaer’s one, tighten it up against a strong opponent, where he had the merit of stopping a surefire attempt by Nicolò Zaniolo.

Lucas Castro (6 points): his goal allowed Cagliari to steal one in San Paolo after they had been struck out for 12 years. He is never completely healthy, but his class is undeniable and always finds a way to contribute when his number is called.

Marten De Roon (5 points): the usual impact on both ends for the trusted midfielder, who took advantage of a collective howler by the Roma defence on a set piece to tap it in and seal the deal late.

Miralem Pjanic (4 points): his amazing and sudden strike from mid-range gave Juventus a hard-fought win in Brescia. The absence of Cristiano Ronaldo was set to give him more chances on set pieces, but he bagged it on a rebound instead.

Andrea Belotti (7 points): Torino had looked lifeless for an hour, but he dragged them out of the mud with a clinical finish beating the offside trap and then an acrobatic tap-in after miskicking on his first attempt.

Duvan Zapata (4 points): he is unlikely to flunk two games in a row and, despite coming off the bench, he did damage in Rome, blasting it home after being perfectly set up by Remo Freuler. Last season was not a fluke and he has already notched four goals.

Federico Chiesa (4 points): his previous goal was disputed, this one certainly will not as he escaped past the offside trap and rifled it home on the one-on-one. He is turning the volume up after a so-so start.

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