Serie A Best Fantasy XI – Round Three

Lorenzo Montipò: Benevento had struggled defensively in the first two matches, and that was a little uncharacteristic given the type of team they were last season, but they bounced back and held a clean sheet versus Bologna, also thanks to the heroics of their last bulwark, who stopped the opponents on point-blank attempts at least three times.

Theo Hernandez (9 points): Milan have yet to concede this season and the Spaniard sealed the Spezia game with one of his glorious sprints down the left flank, switching field position in a hurry after stripping an opponent and capping it off with a pinpoint strike in the bottom corner.

Roger Ibanez (5 points): holding Udinese scoreless might not be the greatest feat in the world, but the Brazilian youngster surely shined on Saturday, thwarting a multitude of offensive actions with superb timing and physicality.

Giuseppe Pezzella (5 points): Parma finally got some points and their back-line held up under intense pressure for long stretches even though Verona laid siege after going down in the score early. Pezzella has been a pleasant surprise to open the season since he has been a factor also on the other end.

Mario Pasalic (6 points): he may not be the flashiest Atalanta player, but he is quite useful and productive and was instrumental in the Cagliari rout, where he tapped one home from inside the box on yet another well-choreographed action by the Bergamaschi and fed Sam Lemmers deep prior to the last goal, thus registering a goal and an assist.

Jasmin Kurtic (6 points): a suspension and then a technicality related to it cost him the first two games of the year, so he made up for it right away in the Verona tilt, hitting the net from point-blank range one minute in. He offers interesting upside in Fabio Liverani’s system, which relies on the offensive contribution of the box-to-box midfielders.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (4 points): the Serbian giant came to the rescue when Lazio were in trouble and bested Ivan Perisic in the air for his first goal of the season, tying the pivotal clash and once again rising to the occasion in the crucible of pressures.

Valerio Verre (4 points): his activity in the final third has carried over at Sampdoria after a great stint at Verona and he put his finishing skills to good use off the bench against Fiorentina, deciding the match late with a wonderful and not-so-easy loft over the goalie. He could be ready to take off in if the Blucerchiati sold Gaston Ramirez.

Rafael Leao (8 points): the Milan forwards are taking turns in filling in for Zlatan Ibrahimovic and this time it was the Portuguese speedster who stepped up, bagging two goals on very clinical finishes, which tended to be a rarity for him in the past. A nice reward after a tough month on the mend because of COVID.

Francesco Caputo (8 points): two more goals for the Sassuolo veteran, who played a major role in putting Crotone away through a penalty kick and an easy attempt from inside the box. He is one of the few players that has already scored three times, and he could have easily had more.

Duvan Zapata (6 points): the Colombian start got off to a relatively slow start in the first two games, where he had just one assist despite two four-goal drubbings by his team. He remedied that versus Cagliari, where he found the target by rifling it home at the end of a potent run and he also notched another helper feeding Alejandro Gomez.

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