Serie A Best XI – Round Ten

Marco Silvestri (7 points): Hellas Verona has been a well-oiled defensive machine so far, conceding the fewest goals out of anybody in the League, even the top dogs. They were one of the only four teams to keep a clean sheet in the midweek round, stymieing Parma, and their goalie gets the nod for everybody.

Aleksandar Kolarov (11 points): after a mini slump, which would have been perfectly normal for any defender but him, he roared back with another successful penalty and setting up the first goal with an outstanding long ball.

Chris Smalling (9 points): after coming close in the first few matches, he finally bagged one in Udine, being at the right place at the right time for a tap-in. He was a late addition, but he has quickly become a linchpin of the Roma back-line and his muscularity always stands out.

Francesco Acerbi (8 points):  in rather astonishing fashion, he uncorked a lefty missile from downtown that left the goalie flat-footed and paved the way for Lazio’s rout of Torino.

Joao Pedro (8 points): he has turned into a professional striker over the last season and a half and the two clinical finishes against Bologna, that proved to be the deciding factors in a hard-fought contest, further add to his resume.

Nicolò Zaniolo (6 points): he has burst onto the scenes just last season, yet the fact that he had scored only at home was pretty baffling. That is no more though, as he finished perfectly on a one-on-one to break the deadlock against Udinese.

Darko Lazovic (6 points): he decided the contest with Parma with a cannon shot right in the top corner after just ten minutes. Verona need all the goals they can get in this moment.

Suso (6 points): the much maligned Spaniard gave Milan an almost indispensable win with a vintage free kick, finally recording his first goal of the season and responding the most proper way to the ires of the supporters.

Ciro Immobile (8 points): he continues to be automatic when he beats the offside trap and he is shooting with so much authority that the goalies have no chance. No controversy on the penalty this time, as he took it and converted it with ease.

Arkadiusz Milik (4 points): he perhaps lacks the fierceness that characterizes other top strikers, but you would be hard-pressed to find a more complete forward. When he is on form, he can produce very good-looking goals and the flick and little nudge to get past Pierluigi Gollini and put it in the empty net is just the latest example.

Romelu Lukaku (4 points): he bagged the best goal since moving to Italy capping off a powerful run with a stellar lefty finish. It was a monumental one too, since Brescia were ramping up their activity, but a two-goal disadvantage proved to bee too much for them to overcome.

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