A surreal Serie A round still had a good dose of action and some massive results. Here are the top performers from the weekend.
Juan Musso (7 points): five teams managed to earn a clean sheet and, out of all the goalies involved, Udinese’s one had the most meaningful save, on a Federico Chiesa potent cross-shot that could have swung the Fiorentina match late.
Nikola Milenkovic (5 points): Fiorentina’s defence held up well versus Udinese, allowing limited chances, and the Serbian defender also had one of the biggest chances for his side with a strikingly quick volley that went just wide.
Leonardo Bonucci (5 points): Juventus succeeded in shackling down Inter’s front-line thanks to a quality and physical performance by both him and Matthijs De Ligt, paving the way to a huge win.
Thiago Cionek (5 points): the move to right back in a four-man defence has given him a pep in his step and he has provided a very valuable contribution in both phases over the last three games and that was no different in Parma, where he had to deal with some very threatening forwards.
Francesco Cassata (4 points): he has taken advantage of some absences to start twice in a row and made the most of that as he has found the target in consecutive matches, versus Milan thanks to an easy tap-in on a back-door cut. He is finally starting to show in the top league the all-around game and the upside he displayed in Serie B.
Aaron Ramsey (8 points): he was a pretty surprising addition to the starting lineup in the Derby d’Italia and he delivered, coronating a strong performance with a sneaky and seminal goal and a gorgeous interplay with Paulo Dybala on the second and game-sealing one.
Jeremie Boga (6 points): Serie A’s king of dribbling did his thing versus Brescia and rounded up the score gliding past the nth opponent before knocking it on goal with a little curl.
Mattia Zaccagni (4 points): Verona did not get the W as they weirdly fall apart, but only three midfielders managed to put their name in the stat-sheet in this truncated slate, so Zaccagni cracks the list thanks to his flying deflection on a deep cross, where he completely bested his direct opponent.
Fabio Quagliarella (8 points): he has stepped it up in the last few matches and kept it going with an extremely valuable brace to sink, knocking it past the goalie with a clinical finish on a low-driven delivery and keeping the usual aplomb from the penalty spot in a clutch situation.
Francesco Caputo (8 points): he powered Sassuolo past the hapless Brescia with a clinical brace, beating the goalie with a sudden finish from close range and then scoring on a superb volley, coordinating perfectly on a long ball.
Paulo Dybala (4 points): coming off the bench did not demoralize him and he made a devastating impact against Inter, putting the game on ice with a gem, as he waltzed through opponents while picking his way to the box and caught Samir Handanovic by surprise with a sly finish.
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