Juan Musso (7 points): very strong goalkeeper in this round, in particular by Andrei Radu and Wojciech Szczesny, and there were indeed a number of clean sheets, bucking the trend from previous weeks. No save was more important that Musso’s one on an extremely late penalty by Andrea Petagna that prevented Udinese from losing to SPAL.
Riccardo Gagliolo (7 points): Parma managed to hold Roma in check and the hybrid defender, who is enjoying life as left-back, set up Mattia Sprocati’s after bearing down the flank.
Cristian Zapata (5 points): Genoa finally managed to shut down an opponent, they had done that just once before, and he perfectly helmed the back-line in Naples.
Kalidou Koulibaly (5 points): shades of his best self on Saturday as the Azzurri would have easily gone down if it was not for his terrific goal-line save on a sure-fire attempt by Andrea Pinamonti.
Omar Colley (5 points): the best offense in the League has now been stymied for two rounds in a row and he and Alex Ferrari were excellent against Atalanta.
Radja Nainggolan (10 points): simply a masterful job in the Fiorentina game, where he orchestrated most of the goals with slide-rule passes, notching three assists. The feed to Joao Pedro was particularly clever and pretty. He capped off a dominating performance with the usual thunderbolt from downtown.
Joaquin Correa (8 points): the legitimate question marks about his finishing have been completely rubbished over the last month, as he has been able to score in four of the last five fixtures. He added two more against Lecce, in both occasions displaying great aplomb in the box.
Mattia Sprocati (6 points): he surely made the most of his opportunity after Gervinho subbed off with an injury, finding the target on a scuffed shot.
Francesco Caputo (8 points): he returned to the stat sheet after a while with a brace, first hitting the net with a clinical finish and then at the end of a tremendous solo action, where he left few defenders on his tracks motoring down the wing before cutting back and rifling it home.
Alex Berenguer (8 points): a fantastic contribution off the bench in Brescia, as he found the target twice, first with a sweet strike and then on a great scamper after outmuscling a defender on a jump ball. With Iago Falque continuously hurt and Simone Verdi struggling, he might emerge as a very solid option up front.
Dusan Vlahovic (8 points): he was the only positive note in Fiorentina’s debacle in Cagliari, as he broke the ice in Serie A with two pretty goals, especially the second one on a lefty curl. They lack a goal-poacher so he could be a very useful weapon.
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