Marco Silvestri (7 points): just two clean sheets in this round as offenses were feeling frisky after the break. Inter and Verona were the only sides that managed to blank to the opponents and the Scaligeri goalie contributed in a major way by coming out on the goal aggressively on a wide-open Joao Pedro and palming away a dangerous attempt by Andrea Cerri.
Milan Skriniar (5 points): dealing with Bologna attackers is not a walk in the park, but the Inter back-line contained them without risking too much. The Slovenian defender was not particularly impressive but was the only Inter defender that did not get booked and thus took home the full five points.
Federico Ceccherini (5 points): the Verona defense was bailed out by their goalie in a pair of occasions, but for the most part held their own despite its unusual composition since Koray Gunter and other regular options were unavailable. The Italian specialist had the usual ordinate and attentive display and has arguably been their best performer in that role all season long.
Giovanni Di Lorenzo (4 points): Napoli gave up three goals to Crotone as Kostas Manolas and Nikola Maksimovic were abysmal, but Di Lorenzo came to the rescue and put them back on top in the second half with a successful scamper down the flank and a pretty cross-shot to put it past Alex Cordaz.
Antonin Barak (4 points): the Verona midfield continues to produce and he paved the way for his side against Cagliari with a deep and very timely channel run and precise strike from the heart of the box. He is now up to seven goals in the season and has had more consistency than the more touted Mattia Zaccagni.
Ruslan Malinovskyi (4 points): he is the big winner of Gian Piero Gasperini’s recent tactical tweak to insert one more attacker and was the main offensive hub against Udinese, setting up Luis Muriel and Duvan Zapata with two sweet through passes. It remains to be seen whether the modification will stick, but he has showed up big in the past two matches.
Federico Chiesa (4 points): he was the only attacker that brought something to the table for a big chunk of a mostly underwhelming Derby for Juventus. He opened the scoring with a forceful run down the left flank, slotting it right between the legs of the goalkeeper from angled position.
Dries Mertens (4 points): Napoli activated their cheat code as they fieled him and Victor Osimhen up front together and the move paid off as expected, as the offense produced three goals. The Belgian international hit the net with a gorgeous free kick to net his eighth goal of the year.
Luis Muriel (8 points): the Atalanta star added two more to his recent sizzling run, punishing his former team twice with two deadly finishes from inside the box. He has become a proper sharpshooter from pretty much any position in the final third.
Simy (8 points): fresh off the honors as player of the month in February, the Nigerian forward did it again as he assembled another brace, hitting the net with two technical shots, a little volley on a lob and a toe-poke to beat the goalie after a settling the ball in a crowd.
Antonio Sanabria (7 points): he had an ultra-clinical outing against Juventus as he fully took advantage of Wojciech Szczesny’s imperfections, pouncing on a high rebound for a difficult tap-in to level the game in the first half and then bending the gloves of the goalkeeper with a sharp attempt after intercepting an errand pass. He has turned out to be quite the acquisition.
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