Mattia Perin (7 points): just three goalies managed to keep a clean sheet in this round, two actually in the Monday match. Perin was by far the busiest of the lot and had to intervene on several attempts by Verona, mostly from outside the box, and had his best save on a header by Marco Davide Faraoni.
Tommaso Augello (11 points): every defender for the Blucerchiati could have a place in the top XI, but the nod for everybody else naturally goes to the hard-working left-back, who assisted Fabio Quagliarella with a gorgeous cross and then hit the net with a precise little volley from outside the box.
Cristiano Biraghi (5 points): he played the main role in Fiorentina’s blistering start as he set up German Pezzella’s header with a pinpoint corner kick and then pounced on a square ball in the box and tucked it home.
Marco Davide Faraoni (5 points): Verona had a very tidy defensive performance and easily stymied Genoa. Among their defenders, Mattia Lovato impressed for his authority in the back, while Faraoni was their most dangerous guy on the other end.
Samir (3 points): he broke the collective spell at Udinese, which was still at zero goals after three matches, by bagging a header on a set piece, outjumping a pair of opponents. He has started off the season well, playing way more regularly than in the previous one as he has not been hindered by injuries.
Hirving Lozano (7 points): El Chucky continues to be a force to be reckoned with and the interesting side of his terrific start is that he is not necessarily gliding past opponents at ease and netting scorchers, but he is scoring very clinical goals, which should be totally sustainable. He added two more from inside the box in Napoli’s shocking romp of Atalanta.
Roberto Soriano (6 points): he is another one of the relatively new main protagonists of the early part of the campaign, as he has already tallied five goals and two assists. He notched one each against Sassuolo, sneaking in the box with great timing on a feed by Rodrigo Palacio for a first-touch finish from eight-yard out and then feeding Mattias Svanberg in the box prior to his successful attempt.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (4 points): he did not find the target, and he is somehow still scoreless in the season, but was still very instrumental in Roma’s win as he perfectly sprung Edin Dzeko loose past the back-line on fast breaks, paving the way to two relatively easy goals.
Edin Dzeko (8 points): he was not great in his first two appearances, where, despite still being a quality distributor, he had some inexplicable misses for a striker of his caliber. The break helped him get things in order after a confusing summer, where he had more than one foot out the door, and he came alive against Benevento, founding the target twice with great precision on quick actions.
Giovanni Simeone (8 points): he needed a productive day to get back on track after a pair of big misses, and Leonardo Pavoletti was starting to breath down his neck, and he returned to form versus Torino, blasting it home on a great pass by Nahitan Nandez and showing terrific instincts and courage when Salvatore Sirigu fumbled the ball, creating the opportunity for a tap-in.
Andrea Belotti (8 points): Torino’s season is not going well but his campaign has been strong from the personal standpoint as he has already put his name in the stat-sheet four times in three games. He buried a penalty kick versus Cagliari and outsmarted a defender on a long cross, creating enough room to smash it in the net with a not-so-easy cross-shot. And he came close to nailing a beautiful bicycle kick as well.
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