Serie A Best Fantasy XI – Round Five

Samir Handanovic (7 points): just one goalie managed to keep a clean sheet in this round and Inter easily contained Genoa on Saturday, finally blanking their opponents for the first time in the season. The Slovakian veteran was pretty much a spectator in the game.

Danilo D’Ambrosio (9 points): he has been pretty solid while filling in for Milan Skriniar, who is out with COVID, and, on top of that, he keeps making his presence known on the other end as well. He notched his second goal of the campaign by punching it home on a flick-on by Andrea Ranocchia on a corner kick.

Andrea Ranocchia (7 points): the Inter back-line obviously dominates the top XI since it was the only one that was truly convincing this round. Ranocchia relieved Stefan De Vrij, who was given the day off, held in check Goran Pandev and Marko Pjaca with ease and deflected the ball on a corner kick, setting up D’Ambrosio’s tap-in.

Cristiano Biraghi (3 points): he turned in another strong effort in the final third as he racked up two assists, connecting with Gaetano Castrovilli with precise passes in both circumstances. He is already up to one goal and three helpers in the season.

Gaetano Castrovilli (9 points): he had a thoroughly dominating performance in the Udinese tilt, where he found the target twice and set up a goal. He punched one home from inside the box on a great trail, while the second was a splendid and sudden curled shot in the top corner. He also assisted Nikola Milenkovic with a clever cross, cleaning it up following a set piece. He bounced back in glorious fashion from a pair of so-so outings.

Joao Pedro (6 points): the Cagliari star delivered once more versus Crotone, as he found Giovanni Simeone with a slide rule pass past the offside trap to create the second goal of the day for his side almost out of the blue and then hit the net on his own late with a comfortable point-blank finish. The coach tweaked his system to put him closer to the goal and he has not disappointed.

Filip Djuricic (6 points): he too has had remarkable consistency after the break and delivered in the high-scoring affair versus Torino, tying the game with a precious back-heel flick and sliding the ball over to Vlad Chiriches before the teammate’s long-range screamer.

Jakub Jankto (5 points): he finally came alive this season and was instrumental in Sampdoria’s road upset of Atalanta, as he picked out Morten Thorsby with an accurate delivery from the right winger for the two-nothing goal and sealed the deal capping off a two-man counter with Balde Keita with a vicious lefty strike.

Stefano Okaka (8 points): it did not lead to a good result for his side, but the Udinese striker finally put something on the board as he assembled a brace, in both cases besting his direct defender in the air on two good-looking headers.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (7 points): not his best game of the season as he had a costly whiff defensively late, but he still assembled a strong fantasy haul thanks to an opportunistic point-blank role and a PK.

Andrea Belotti (6 points): Torino are in a funk but the Rooster keeps plowing ahead with one quality outing after another and he scored again against Sassuolo, with a very technical finish after outworking an opponent in the box, and added one assist, springing Sasa Lukic loose on a quick fast-break with impressive vision and selflessness.

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