Serie A Best Fantasy XI – Round 25

Wojciech Szczesny (7 points): the other goalkeepers that managed to keep a clean sheet in this round were not asked to pull off particularly impressive display, so the nod goes to the Juventus bulwark, who parried away a penalty kick in the last minute of the game.

Daniele Rugani (9 points): his match lasted only a half due to an apparent injury, but he made his minutes count as he soared in the air on a corner kick to give his team a precious lead with a towering header, which they were able to protect until the end of the contest. He has been mostly solid since returning to the Peninsula.

Federico Ceccherini (5 points): the trusted veteran made his return to the starting lineup after a thigh strain and helped solidify things in the back for Verona, contributing to keep the pretty tame Benevento front-line in check in the romp.

Alex Sandro (5 points): he left a lot to be desired in the previous game as center-back, but he imprved massively versus Spezia, patrolling his area with diligence. He also found a streaking Federico Bernardeschi with a great long-ball ahead of the pivotal first goal of the game.

Rodrigo Becao: (4 points): his header, where he got some help from the opposing goalie, was almost worth the full three points if it was not was not ineplicable handball by Jens Stryger Larsen literally at the final moment of the match, as the Udinese back-line had an outstanding display in San Siro, even though Milan were udnermanned.

Marco Davide Faraoni (8 points): he recently got a taste for scoring and he is not stopping, as he netted his second goal in the span of three matches with a little header from point-blank range. He also sprung loose Kevin Lasagna late, adding a helper to his day. Verona continue to roll as they cycle through their weapons.

Josip Ilicic (6 points): the Slovenian genius brushed off the controversy for his poor attitude in the Real Madrid game with a vintage performance against the lowly Crotone, finding the target with trademark gorgeous lefty strike from midrange and also teeing Robin Gosens with a wicked cross that just need to be nudged through.

Federico Chiesa (6 points): the one versus Spezia was not his best display in recent weeks, but he gets the credit for bagging the pivotal second goal of the game thanks to a timely cut in the box and he coordinated in no time to fire home the rebound after Ivan Provedel had denied his first attempt. He has been one of the steadier contributors for Juventus in a season full of injuries and seesawing periods of form.

Alexis Sanchez (8 points): he drew the start in a plum match-up and made the most of it with a brace. He did not score particularly pretty goal, but he displayed clutchness in the box in two key occasions, downing Parma and propelling Inter’s breakaway on top of the table.

Luis Muriel (6 points): no Duvan Zapata no problem for Atalanta, as the other Colombian continues to produce with impressive regularity and led the way against Crotone, finding the target with a freebie as a defender slipped in the box and gifted him the ball and he also picked up an assist by slipping it to Ilicic before the teammate curled it home.

Lorenzo Insigne (6 points): Napoli got pipped at the post in dispiriting fashion, but the captain had a very valiant effort as he perfectly set up Giovanni Di Lorenzo with a soft cross after escaping down the flank and nailed a late penalty kick that probably should have decided the match at that point.

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