Luigi Sepe (7 points): just four clean sheets in this round and two of the goalie combined that with a key save on a penalty, Parma’s one and Brescia’s Jesse Joronen. However, the Finnish international was also booked, so the unheralded #1 of the Ducali gets the nod by default. Antonio Mirante had a terrific outing in relief, denying two clear-cut attempts by Lautaro Martinez and Matias Vecino with superb dives and one-handed saves.
Cristian Ansaldi (6 points): Torino conceded late, but Ansaldi still paced all defenders with his contribution on the other end, as he set up Simone Zaza’s goal with a great cross after a delightful action down the left wing and scored in the second half by picking his way to the box centrally and slotting it home from just outside of it.
Milan Skriniar (5 points): Inter’s vaunted back-line held Roma in check for most of the game, both without and with Edin Dzeko on the pitch. Diego Godin was a little flashier than Skriniar and had arguably his best showing since moving to Serie A, but he lost a point due to a yellow card.
Chris Smalling (5 points): in the same game, La Lupa were pretty solid in the back as well, even though they did allow a pair of tasty chances on misplaced passes or quick through balls. The English defender was not at fault in any of that though and, on the contrary, he perfectly shadowed Romelu Lukaku throughout the contest, matching his physicality and pretty much stymieing him.
Stefano Sabelli (5 points): with the decisive intervention of their goalie, Brescia managed to blank SPAL and their right-back had a very lively performance motoring up and down the flank, initiating the action that led to what turned out to be the game-winner.
Filippo Falco (6 points): it took him few years and a while this season too, but he is finally displaying all his class in Serie A too. He changed the course of the Genoa game off the bench, bagging a marvellous lefty curled shot and setting up Andrea Tabanelli’s equalizer with a sweet dish.
Juraj Kucka (6 points): the Slovenian tank decided the clash with Sampdoria with a towering header in a crowd. Parma could use more production out of him after injury-filled first half of the season.
Filip Djuricic (5 points): Sassuolo’s newly hatched 4-2-3-1 certainly suits his skill and he can thrive as no.10 and the potent first-touch strike that put the Neroverdi up two-nothing versus Cagliari is further proof of that. He is finally finding his dimension and achieving his potential.
Samuel Di Carmine (8 points): it did not help Verona get some points in a tough match-up, but he netted a very professional and cunning brace against Atalanta and he is their best shot al solving their offensive woes. He too is getting the proper spotlight after prolific years in Serie B.
Krzysztof Piatek (4 points): the goal came from the penalty spot, like most of his previous ones, but the performance was very positive, for a change, as he went to battle with the opposing defenders, he was very agile, served as a reference point and interplayed pretty well with the rest of the attackers. Perhaps he is finally off his schneid.
Simone Zaza (4 points): after being benched last week for lack of effort in practice, he was a fury against Fiorentina, he took six shots and broke through with a header, de facto making his best Andrea Belotti impression and paving the way to the win.
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