Serie A Top XI – Round 25 – Makeup Games

Pierluigi Gollini: no team managed to keep a clean sheet during the four make-up games, but the Atalanta goalie was the best performer out of the bunch, as he stonewalled the Sassuolo’s attackers time and time again by coming out of the goal very aggressively. Unfortunately, Mehdi Bourabia’s accurate free kick spoiled his day late.

Nicolas N’Koulou (4 points): the defenders as a whole are hurt as well due to the lack of clean sheets, so only those who had an offensive contribution gathered points. Torino’s giant opened the dances after the resumption with a towering header and the Granata’s back-line looked better than before the lockdown.

Berat Djimsiti (3 points): the Atalanta defender found the back of the net as well, escaping his marker on a corner kick and bagging a header for his second goal of the season. He was docked one point because of a yellow card.

Mattia Caldara (2 points): the former Milan player took advantage of some preventive rotation by Gian Piero Gasperini to get the nod and flicked on the ball than got to Djimsiti, hence taking home the bonus for an assist.

Juraj Kucka (4 points): a pretty strong return for the Parma’s mainstays, who equalized the Torino contest with a pretty strike from medium range that bent Salvatore Sirigu’s hands and made it one-all. He is now up to four goals in the 2019/2020 season.

Mehdi Bourabia (4 points): a busy performance for the Moroccan midfielder, who was a pretty surprising selection in the XI and scored on both ends, as he clumsily deflected into his own net a loose ball in the box, but made up for it in the stoppage time with a deadly free kick. No maluses for the own goal, so the four-point haul is enough to best few other midfielders that had better displays.

Morten Thorsby (3 points): Sampdoria’s jack-of-all-trades played in three different roles for Sampdoria on Sunday and kept them in the game for most of the second half with a sneaky tap-in after Omar Colley had rattled the crossbar on a corner kick.

Christian Eriksen (2points): Darko Lazovic, Alejandro Gomez, Valerio Verre and Antonio Candreva also gathered two points for setting up a teammates, but the Danish star topped them for the quality of his outing. He was much more at ease in Antonio Conte’s modified system, which puts him closer to the goal. He is going to be a menace, especially in easier fixtures when they will have a higher center of gravity. The interplay with Romelu Lukaku before the second goal was just lovely and he masterminded most of the offense.

Samuel Di Carmine (8 points): after a lengthy stretch with a false-nine, Milan Juric went back to a pure centre-forward and the hard-working Di Carmine repaid him with a dazzling brace, scoring with a great header and a missile from distance, which should help secure the starting job going forward.

Duvan Zapata (8 points): Sassuolo’s back-line was extremely suspect on Sunday night, but the good news is that the Colombian tank looked as good as ever despite the long hiatus and netted two easy ones to further pad his seasonal stats, which would be tremendous had he not missed a lot of time earlier in the campaign.

Romelu Lukaku (4 points): he could have easily done more damage if he was more precise on two other chances, but the close-range finish to break the deadlock is enough for him to the make the top XI in this truncated slate and the partnership with Lautaro Martinez continues to yield great returns.

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