Andrea Consigli (7 points): offenses roared back in this round and, despite some monster performances by some goalies, only two of them managed to blank the enemies. The Sassuolo one did it in style against Benevento, frustrating the Sanniti time and time again with one quality save after another.
Rafael Toloi (9 points): Atalanta bounced back in this round taking advantage of Fiorentina’s never-ending struggles and, on top of stymieing the adversaries rather easily, Toloi punched home a header from point-blank range to round out the score late.
Berat Djimsiti (7 points): the centre-back connection delivered in the opposing box for the Bergamaschi, as Djimsiti set up his teammate with a flick-on on a corner kick that made Toloi’s job even easier. The Goddess is not producing as much as in the past offensively, but they have become stingier in the back thanks to the tidy displays of Djimsiti, Toloi and newcomer Cristian Romero.
Theo Hernandez (6 points): Milan’s dynamic fullback saved the day versus Parma, producing a vital brace that kept them undefeated in a match where they ran into a lot of troubles. He bagged the first one with a glorious header on a corner kick and the second with a signature razor sharp lefty cross-shot.
Hernani (6 points): the Parma midfielder has turned into a fantasy asset after a quiet first campaign in the Peninsula. Versus the Rossoneri, he notched his fourth goal of the season with a crafty strike on a well-timed cut in the box and then teed up Jasmin Kurtic with a crisp low-driven cross, thus playing a meaningful role in both goals.
Nicolo Barella (6 points): a special return in Sardinia for the Inter midfielder, who was instrumental in the successful second-half push as he netted a little volley to make to equalize the match and then connected with Danilo D’Ambrosio for the goal that put them ahead. After few assists, he finally hit paydirt.
Robin Gosens (6 points): some injuries have slowed him down in the early portion of the season, limiting him to just one goal and one assist in Serie A play so far. He was back to his old self on Sunday and his tireless pursuit was rewarded late in the first with a gimmie at the end of an uncontainable channel run.
Hirving Lozano (6 points): he flipped the script of the match coming off the bench, punishing Sampdoria with an acrobatic header to tie the game and then feeding Andrea Petagna with an accurate cross. He is approaching fantasy superstar status as he is now up to six goals and two assists.
Lorenzo Pellegrini (6 points): he gets the token spot for all Roma players that could have cracked the list thanks to an incredible display in Bologna, where they completely humiliated the Felsinei in the first half. He registered his first goal with a little chip over the goalkeeper, five minutes after assisting Edin Dzeko with a pinpoint pass.
Cristiano Ronaldo (8 points): it was not his most dominant performance of the season, but he came through once again for Juventus by being ice cold on the two penalty kicks that decided the Genoa tilt. Thanks to the competitor’s absence, he has reached Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the top scorers’ chart with ten goals.
Andrea Belotti (6 points): they suffered another loss, but Torino would have completely fallen apart this season if it was not for the efforts of their captain, who hit the net again with a clinical shot against Udinese and set up Federico Bonazzoli in the box in a furious two-minute flurry that suddenly allowed them to tie them. It was enough to take home any point though.
Honorable mentions: Junior Messias, Federico Bonazzoli (6 points), Ruslan Malinovskyi (6 points); Henrikh Mkhitaryan (six points), Gian Marco Ferrari (five points).
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