Juan Musso: he ended his season with one of his finest performances, as he frustrated all Sassuolo attempts with great saves, in particular on a pair of bombs by Domenico Berardi and Hamed Traore, which he pulled out of the top shelf.
Danilo D’Ambrosio: another successful outing for Inter’s jack-of-all-trades, who broke the deadlock right away against Atalanta, in more typical fashion this time, as he bagged a header on a corner kick taking advantage of a defensive mishap.
Davide Calabria: thanks to Andrea Conti’s injury, he got to start in the final matches and he was a handful while galloping up and down the right flank in the romp of Cagliari, giving his best impression of his vastly more heralded teammate Theo Hernandez.
Petar Ankersen: he was a surprise starter in the seminal clash with Verona and he did his part, as he was the one of the two Genoa defenders that did not get carded, contributed to the clean sheet with steady defending on a menacing opponent like Darko Lazovic and was peppy on the final third.
Diego Perotti: with Cengiz Under and Justin Kluivert fading, he has become a key reserve in Roma’s front-line in the restart and he made the most of his start in the Juventus clash, as he drilled yet another PK and finished with aplomb on a great dish by Nicolò Zaniolo, putting together his first brace of the season. On top of that, he also set up Kalinic’s header.
Samu Castillejo: a thigh injury forced him to miss a good chuck of the resumption, but he fully resurfaced the season finale, where he hit the net from the heart of the box capping off a two-man counter and timely slipped it to Zlatan Ibrahimovic prior to the teammate’s goal.
Ashley Young: he has been a sneaky but surely quality January addition for Inter, as he logged four assists and four goals in the second half of the season. He added one in each category in Bergamo, picking out D’Ambrosio on a corner kick and then netting a great goal, as he cut inside from the left wing with fierceness and just leathered the ball.
Erick Pulgar: he too both scored and assisted against SPAL, drilling a PK and connecting with Christian Kouame. He has flown under the radar and his play is not particularly flashy, but thanks to his set piece prowess he has been able to found the target seven times and compile six helpers.
Dries Mertens: he did not score but was still instrumental in Napoli’s triumph over Lazio, as he was involved in all three goals, first teeing up Fabian Ruiz’s scintillating shot from outside the box, then drawing the PK foul and finally showing great altruism and vision in a little ball for Matteo Politano in the box. Napoli splashed on Victor Osimhen, but, as usual, it will take a lot to unseat Mertens.
Antonio Sanabria: he showed up when his team needed him the most, channeling the Verona contest in the right direction with a Van Basten-like diving header and a comfortable finish where he made a mockery of the offside trap. He is never going to be the most lethal poacher, but he has had a solid season.
Simone Zaza: he gets the nod for the sheer beauty of his volley on a long-ball agaisnt Bologna, which he sent right in opposing bottom corner from difficult position. Imitating Van Basten was apparently all the rage in the final round and he has had an interesting resurrection in the last July matches.
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