Serie A Best Fantasy XI – Round 18

Lukas Skorupski (7 points): a strong performance by defenses in this round as there were nine eclean sheets, which must be a record for the ongoing campaign. Few goalkeepers shined thanks to monster saves, but the nod goes to the Bologna one as he provided the most crucial contribution since his side won by just one goal. His best intervention came on a close-range attempt by Nikola Kalinic.

Alessandro Bastoni (7 points): not only he contained rather easily any Juventus player that operated in his area with ease, but he uncorked a tremendous long pass that found Nicolò Barella in stride and set up the second goal that pretty much sealed the clash.

Mario Rui (7 points): Napoli rained hellfire all over Fiorentina and the back-line was not under a lot of stress throughout the game. The bubbly Portuguese left-back showed up on the other end by feeding Piotr Zielinski ahead of the fourth goal, collecting his second assist of the season.

Davide Calabria (7 points): assists by defenders were all the rage in this matchday and and the Milan fullback, who is putting together a career year, joined the party by picking out Zlatan Ibrahimovic with a perfect ball over the top ahead of the game-sealing second goal in Sardinia.

Luis Alberto (10 points): he was given too much room to take aim from the edge of the box on two separate occasions in the Derby and he delivered on both, putting it past the reach of the goalie and successfully slotting it home. He is white hot with five goals in the last six appearances.

Nicolò Barella (7 points): he led the charge against Juventus as he perfectly teed up Arturo Vidal with a pinpoint cross on the opening goal and doubled the lead later on, keeping his aplomb and firing it right under the crossbar despite a lengthy dash on a solo counter.

Manuel Lazzari (6 points): Ciro Immobile and Luis Alberto did the scoring in the Derby, but he was arguably the key man for the Biancocelesti since he set the tone with his energy and his fingerprints were all over the victory.  He provided two assists, the first one by outsmarting Roger Ibanez and causing a ricochet that placed the ball perfectly for the Golden Boot recipient, the second one with a smart pass for the Spaniard.

Arturo Vidal (6 points): the much maligned Inter midfielder had started to trend in the right direction in recent games but had squandered few juicy chances. He broke through at the most opportune time against his old team, recording his first goal in Serie A this season with a timely sneaky cut through the box and heading it home with authority, besting an opponent in the air.

Riccardo Orsolini (6 points): after a long swoon and an injury, he had begun to pick up some bonuses consistently in recent games thanks to few assists and he definitely turned the corner versus Verona, nailing a PK and notching his first goal since late November.

Lorenzo Insigne (9 points): he simply dominated the match against Fiorentina, where he paved the way for the rout by finding the target on his first attempt few minutes into the tilt, nudging it home from inside the box. He completed his brace with a PK and also dished a pretty assist for Hirving Lozano.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (8 points): Milan were down few linchpins in the Cagliari game, but they welcomed back arguably their most important one and he did not disappoint, as he converted from the penalty spot, which was not necessarily a given beacause of his previous erroer, and with a terrific cross-shot, de facto carrying the whole offense on his own.

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