Samir Handanovic (7 points): six clean sheets in this round, but the top goalkeeper was quite clear. Inter ended up triumphing in the Derby with a large result, but Milan could have easily made it one-all at the beginning of the second half if it was for three top-notch saves by the veteran, who shined in particular by denying two surefire attempts by Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Bremer (9 points): the defense has resumed being the core of Torino as Armando Izzo, Nicolas N’Koulou and Bremer are all in impeccable form. In this round the Brazilian made his presence known again in the opposing box, bagging a thumping header for his fourth goal of the campaign and torpedoing Cagliari in a head-to-head clash.
Alex Sandro (7 points): the Bianconeri had a pretty easy day in the back on Monday, so the fullbacks were given plenty of room to attack. Sandro fully exploited it as he found a cutting Cristiano Ronaldo in the box with a soft and pinpoint cross ahead of the initial goal of the game.
Luca Caldirola (5 points): he played just a handful of minutes in the challenging match with Roma, but he still a provided a vital contribution as he cleared a tap-in by Lorenzo Pellegrini few inches before it crossed the goal-line, putting the final cherry on top of an incredible defensive performance by Benevento against a potent front-line.
Gaetano Castrovilli (8 points): coach Cesare Prandelli likely tried to prod him up by benching him versus Spezia and he aptly responded by assisting Dusan Vlahovic with a great lob on an effort play to keep the ball in bound and with the fifth goal of his campaign, the first one since October, with an easy finish from the middle of the box.
Ivan Perisic (6 points): his ascent continued in the Derby as he dished two assists, the first one by finding Lautaro Martinez with a pinpoint square ball through traffic after a relentless scamper down the flank, the second by slipping it to Romelu Lukaku before the third goal, where the teammate did all the heavy lifting. He has not only outplayed his competitors, but he has become a proper weapon.
Luis Alberto (6 points): Lazio needed an extra-something to bend a Sampdoria team that was feeling frisky and he solved the matter that by capping off a quick counter with a gorgeous strike from the edge of the box, finding the target for the seventh time in the season. He is well on his way to a career year in that regard.
Weston McKennie (6 points). the Juventus dynamo may not be in his best moment of the season, but he made the stat-sheet in this round with a little volley cleaning up the rebound on a set piece and, combined with the two points for the clean sheet, that is enough to crack the XI.
Lautaro Martinez (8 points): he bust out one of the best displays in the Derby, hitting the net with a sneaky header where he perfectly diagnosed the scrambling defense to pick a wide-open spot and with another clutch conclusion from point-blank range early in the second half, when Milan were pushing for the equalizer. His work rate and ball-handling were more impressive than his goals in this one, as he was able to make a positive play in every situation.
Cristiano Ronaldo (8 points): the match-up was rather creampuffy, but Juventus are not new to some lapses in focus. He made sure it did not happen versus Crotone as he almost single-handedly won the game thanks to gorgeous and different-looking headers, re-claiming the top spot in the capocanniere chart.
Luis Muriel (6 points): lots of worthy candidates in this round as the top strikers showed up. The Atalanta star never disappoints as he once again lifted his side with a dazzling goal and with an assist. Same haul for Duvan Zapata, who however did not do with an equal amount of class.
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