Serie A Best Fantasy XI – Round 36

Wojciech Szczesny (7 points): the amount of goalie that blanked the opponents was again numbered and out of the four that managed, the Juventus one had the busiest performance as Sampdoria put up a fight to try to spoil the Bianconeri’s title celebration, but he rejected them with timely saves.

Elseid Hysaj (9 points): an uncharacteristically sparkling performance for the defensive-minded Napoli full-back, who broke the deadlock against Sassuolo with a nifty strike from outside the box for his first ever Serie A goal and sprinted down the left flank to wreak havoc multiple times.

Cristiano Biraghi (7 points): it is not easy to unseat Ashley Young, but he once again made the most of his opportunity as the whipped in multiple crosses and linked up with Romelu Lukaku in one, providing his fifth assist of the season. He is often maligned, but also decently effective, especially in that scheme.

Jens Larsen (6 points): he too picked up a helper, as he found Stefano Okaka deep in the box just two minutes into the Cagliari contest, then proceeded to have a very energetic performance in a match that clinched the permanence in Serie A for Udinese.

Jordan Veretout (8 points): he has become a bonus machine in the resumption, mostly through PKs, but canning them is a skill and he did it twice on Sunday, showing off his cold blood. Moreover, he has been re-energized by Roma’s tactical change that allows the two pivots to attack more.

Dejan Kulusevki (6 points): another flashy performance for the Parma playmaker, who perfectly set up Matteo Darmian with a slick pass after picking his way to the base line and more importantly bagged a textbook curled shot a la Del Piero, with his right foot despite being lefty, to decide the Brescia tilt.

Allan (6 points): he is no longer a key player for Napoli, and he will likely end up leaving in September, but he busted out a vintage outing in the few minutes he played against Sassuolo, forcefully stripping a pair of opponents and sealing the game with a precise finish at the end of a counter.

Roberto Soriano (4 points): he netted one of the most gorgeous goals of the weekend as he received the ball about 25 meters out, was left with too much to maneuver, aimed right at the bottom corner and uncorked a vicious strike that was just past the goalie’s reach.

Ciro Immobile (18 points): he boosted his quest to win the Golden Shoe with a PK-infused hat-trick against Genoa, on top of netting a jaw-dropping first-touch curled shot that one the prettiest out of his 34 goals of the season. He will need just one more in the last two games to edge out Robert Lewandowski, three to beat Gonzalo Higuain’s all-time Serie A record. A season for the ages.

Romelu Lukaku (8 points): he was once again a beast while facing a minnow, as he manhandled Cristian Zapata, who is surely not a small defender, to shake free and tuck in a header in the first half, then weaved his way in the box before a surgical lefty finish on the far post.

Musa Barrow (6 points): the Gambian starlet continues to shine bright as he put together a goal+assist game versus Lecce, as he fed Soriano prior to his successful effort and punched one in on a late fast-break.

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