David Ospina (7 points): it was finally revenge of the defenses in this round as, after few goal-filled matchdays, nine teams managed to keep a clean sheet, which is by far the best clip so far this season. There were some strong goalkeeping performances, also among those who conceded, but the clutchest one belongs to the Napoli player, who watched the game for about 60 minutes, as Bologna barely attacked, but came through while under heavy fire late, defending the narrow lead of his team with a couple of monster saves.
Rogerio (5 points): a host of defenders are tied with five points since so may teams blanked the opponents, but nobody managed to add offensive bonuses. The Sassuolo left-back was very peppy in the Bologna game, often jetted down the left flank, interplaying with Jeremie Boga and his other teammates to generate interesting actions.
Cristiano Biraghi (5 points): similarly to Rogerio, he was a thorn on Parma’s side with his scampers down the wing, keeping up with the trend that see him often be one of Fiorentina’s most threating players, which is pretty good on a personal level, but probably not so much for his side.
Diego Godin (5 points): he has not been super dominant so far in his short time in Sardinia, but the Uruguayan veteran had arguably his best outing so far versus Sampdoria, as he led the rearguard with great charisma and erased Fabio Quagliarella and the other attackers.
Claudio Terzi (5 points): clean sheets are a rare occasion for the always daring Spezia, but they pulled it off against Benevento, which had shown the ability to perforate any defense so far in the season, but the Aquilotti completely shut them down, on top of doing a lot of damage on the other end.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan (14 points): the unquestioned fantasy leader of this round as he stepped it at the most adequate time with Edin Dzeko being a late scratch because of COVID, thus reducing Roma’s firepower. He had yet to score, but erupted with a hat-trick against the hapless Genoa, bagging a little header after wiggling free on a corner kick, a chippie on a great trail and lovely volley.
Nahitan Nandez (6 points): he is enjoying his new free-roaming role as winger, where he can basically play wherever he wants, but he actually netted his first goal after returning to pivot. That did not stop him from venturing deep on a two-man counter-attacking with Giovanni Simeone, capping it off with a precise finish in front of the goalie.
Joao Pedro (6 points): his hot streak continues as he has found the target in five straight matches. He was not overly impressive in this one, but he nailed a penalty kick and that was enough to do more that most midfielders this week.
Felipe Caicedo (4 points): the late-game wizard struck again versus Juventus, as, including the Champions League game with Zenit, he has scored three times in a row in the dying minutes of matches. It was a pretty goal as well since that he turned around very quickly his size and the shot with his weak foot was surgical.
Cristiano Ronaldo (4 points): the Portuguese ace had his busiest performance so far, as he nudged it home on a square ball and came close to doubling his tally with a low-driven strike from outside the box and a curled one, after shaking a defender, that hit the woodwork.
Victor Osimhen (4 points): on top of providing the usual level of activity and countless sprints, he decided the Bologna game with an easy point-blank header after peeling off defenders in the box, notching the second goal of his campaign.
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