Serie A Best Fantasy XI – Round 21

Bartlomiej Dragowski (7 points): eight teams managed to keep a clean sheet in this round, which might be a League high this year, but no goalie fared better than Fiorentina’s youngster, who guessed right on a penalty by the previously perfect Domenico Criscito and stopped the opponents multiple times, in particular coming out beautifully in a one-on-one with Andrea Pinamonti late in the game.

Pawel Dawidowicz (9 points): Verona easily handled the pesky Lecce and Dawidowicz, who got a surprise start over Koray Gunter, literally soared in the air on a corner kick for his first goal of the season, paving the way to the W.

Riccardo Gagliolo (9 points): Parma did a nice job as well although Udinese had his chances and Gagliolo put his stamp on the win by coordinating in a hurry for a difficult volley to break the deadlock on the other end. He is not the most offensive-minded fullback but he is surely a steady hand.

José Palomino (7 points): he set the tone for the evening with a terrific steal on Diego Laxalt, blocking an attempted clearance with a great slide and sending in a precise square ball that Josip Ilicic bagged on the far post.

Josip Ilicic (16 points): a dominating display for the Slovenian striker, who danced on Torino’s ruins with two easy goals plus a stroke of genius, as he lofted a quick free kick from near midfield, catching Salvatore Sirigu off guard. The goalie was out of position, but he basically put it in the top corner from 45 meters out for one of the best goals of the season.

Dejan Kulusevski (6 points): Parma’s starlet made his return to the stat-sheet with the help on Juan Musso’s jelly hands on a pretty weak shot and in general was sharper than in previous, and more difficult, matches.

Matteo Pessina (6 points): Verona are humming and he is a big cog in a well-oiled machine, either as central midfield or as attacking one, and he has been able to do a decent amount of damage with his sneaky cuts in the box. The latest successful one brought his seasonal tally to three goals.

Robin Gosens (6 points): Atalanta was in top form against Torino and put in the net everything that passed through or near the box. The wing-back found the target with a tremendous volley on the second ball after a corner kick.

Alejandro Gomez (6 points): El Papu did not manage to knock one on goal, but he still did what he does best, setting up two teammates for comfortable finishes in the box and surging in the assist-man chart as he moved to nine.

Luis Muriel (8 points): the return of Duvan Zapata has already cut his playing time, but it might not actually be that bad of a thing as he usually struggles with consistency, while he can concentrate all his energies on a limited stint coming off the bench. That was the case on Saturday, where he netted two goals in eight minutes, one on a penalty, the other on a chippie.

Lorenzo Insigne (4 points): the return to the box score of the little genius coincides with Napoli pulling off a major upset and more importantly looking like its best self. The captain was instrumental in both goals, forcing a difficult and imperfect save with a medium-range effort, leading to a tap-in for Piotr Zielinski, and then slotting one home from inside the box with the help of a little deflection.

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