Serie A Best Fantasy XI – Round 20

Mattia Perin (7 points): five goalkeepers managed to blank the opponents in this round, but neither had a particularly outstanding display because their sides either dominated the tilt or the back-lines just held up pretty well. The nod goes to the Genoa one as he had few decent saves late, but especially because he has not been beaten in four matches in a row, an incredible turnaround for the Grifone. 

Juan Cuadrado (7 points): the Colombian wing-back contributed to another goal by exploiting the prairies left open late by the fact that Sampdoria were looking for the equalizer, perfectly luring the defender and the goalie towards it side before slipping it to Aaron Ramsey for a freebie.

Davide Zappacosta (7 poinsts): the ex-Chelsea man cashed in on his strong run of form with an assist as he connected with Lennart Czyborra on the other flank with a pinpoint cross. He has looked good since coming back from injury and their design gives him a lot of freedom to attack.

Bram Nuytick (5 points): the rugged veteran tends to make a big difference whenever he is on the pitch and is no surprise that Udinese successfully engulfed a peppy side like Spezia, looking as stingy as in yesteryears, something that has not always been the case so far this season.

Alessandro Bastoni (5 points): taming Benevento is arguably easier, but the youngster was still impressive for his command in the back and for the quality of his distribution in the build-up of the action. Inter are surely cooking at home.

Federico Chiesa (6 points): few midfielders managed to hit the net in this round, but almost nobody combined it with other bonus points. Juventus’ ones, the other being Aaron Ramsey, did that and, since the Welshman played just seven minutes, the winger gets the spot for both thanks to an energetic display and a key goal from point-blank range on a timely cut that made life easier for Juventus versus Sampdoria. He is up to six goals and he is on par for a career year.

Eljif Elmas (5 points): the North Macedonian starlet got his first start of the season versus Parma and promptly delivered by slaloming through defenders at the edge of the box and wrong-footing the goalkeeper with a cunning conclusion. Perhaps his playing time should be more consistent since some of other Napoli midfielders have been unimpressive.

Franck Ribery (4 points): he finally found his first goal of the campaign versus Torino with a classy chip over the goalkeeper from difficult position after weaving his way through opponents in the box at the end of a lovely combination with Giacomo Bonaventura.

Mattia Destro (8 points): the goal poacher extraordinaire did it again versus Crotone, founding the target twice with clinical finishes from inside the box, leaving no chance to goalie with sharp shots on both occasions. He has tallied nine goals in the season, almost all of them coming in the last nine matches.

Romelu Lukaku (8 points): similarly to Destro, his goals are rarely all that good-looking, but he makes a living out of being at the right place at the right time and he punched in two more to round out the score versus Benevento. He is now one goal shy of Cristiano Ronaldo in the Capocannoniere chart.

Borja Mayoral (6 points): they will have to eventually patch things up, but so far no Edin Dzeko, no problem for Roma as the Spaniard has made the stat-sheet three times in the last two contests. He had a starring role in the Giallorossi’s early barrage that downed Verona by netting a point-blank attempt and finding Henrikh Mkhitaryan with great vision after a run down the left flank, adding a helper to his tally.

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