Serie A Best Fantasy XI – Round 20

Bartlomiej Dragowski (7 points): quite amazingly, there was only just one clean sheet in this round and it belonged to Fiorentina, who were stout defensively against Napoli, which are in a tough sledding still have weapons and talent up front. La Viola are finally tightening it up in the back, showcasing the solidity of their young goalie.

Pol Lirola (7 points): he outpaced his fellow teammates, who all racked up five points, since he fed Dusan Vlahovic prior to the second goal, although most of the credit goes to the teammate for that missile. He has been a non-factor so far this season, perhaps the assists will get him going.  

Jens Larsen (4 points): Udinese ended up losing, but he still had a great game, scoring a not-so-easy goal on Gianluigi Donnarumma’s gaffe because, even though the net was empty, he kicked from difficult position. He also set up Kevin Lasagna’s header with a great cross. He too had not done much offensively after shining in the previous campaign.

Alessandro Bastoni (4 points): Inter did not have it against Lecce and what looked like a questionable sub, replacing Diego Godin with another centre-back, almost decided the game, as the brilliant youngster buried a sweet header on a corner kick to break the deadlock.

Joao Pedro (8 points): two more goals for the Cagliari stud, who beat the goalie with a tremendous header in the first half and equalized the match from the penalty spot. He is right there behind the elite strikers capocannoniere chart.

Jeremie Boga (6 points): he is a delight when he decides to show up and the latest evidence is the piledriver right in top corner, after juking an opponent, that paved the way for Sassuolo against Torino, where he also set up Domenico Berardi after wiggling free down the flank.

Marco Mancosu (4 points): he had been absent from the stat-sheet for a long time, also due to an injury, but he resurfaced in a clutch spot, tying the Inter game with an opportunistic finish. He can be very prolific for a midfielder and Lecce surely need all the help they can get.

Josip Ilicic (4 points): he only bags pretty goals and the flabbergasting back-heel flick against SPAL is the latest installments of his class, even though it did not amount to much this time.

Ciro Immobile (14 points): he answered to last week’s hat-trick by Cristiano Ronaldo with exactly the same feat, helped by the Sampdoria back-line, which caused two penalties and was like Swiss cheese all game long. Beating Gonzalo Higuain’s record is starting to look feasible.

Cristiano Ronaldo (8 points): the Portuguese ace continues to deliver for Juventus as he has found the target four seven straight Serie A games. A little luck on the first successful shot, which was deflected by an opponent, while the second was a textbook finish on the run.

Ante Rebic (8 points): he has been an end-of-the-bench guy for a while, but Stefano Pioli gave him a chance at half time Sunday and he repaid the decision with a majestic brace, punching the first one home on a perfect trail and weaving his way through defenders before slotting it home to decide the contest in the stoppage time. He will be very useful in their new formation.

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