Serie A Best Fantasy XI – Round 33

Pierluigi Gollini (7 points): Atalanta ended up routing Bologna, but the opponents actually came off the blocks better, challenging the Italian goalkeeper a couple of times when the score was still nil-nil. The game could have perhaps gone differently if he had not brilliantly denied two wicked strikes by Andreas Skov Olsen.

Matteo Darmian (9 points): he has become the face of Inter’s final push for the title as he has decided two of the last three close matches. Versus Verona, he kept his aplomb in front of the goalie, perfectly capping off with a low-driven shot a quick two-man counter that caught the opponents by surprise.

Achraf Hakimi (7 points): the Bianconeri have oddly not gotten much out of their two star strikers, but the Moroccan fullback has been splendid in recent games and was again a key contributor versus Verona, as he ripped off a bursting run and set up Darmian with a very timely and accurate through ball in open space. He also came close to finding the target with a vicious free-kick.

Davide Zappacosta (5 points): the Genoa wing-back continues to be a force to be reckoned with on the flank as he continuously wreaked havoc with his scampers in the Spezia tilt and eventually generated a goal, as he challenged Ivan Provedel with a forceful cross-shot, which was rejected too centrally, allowing Gianluca Scamacca to tap it in.

Joaquin Correa (10 points): he seemed to glide on open spaces and through opposing center-backs in the crunch game versus Milan, opening the scoring right away on a one-man fast-break and doubling the lead in the second half by schooling Fikayo Tomori before smashing it home.

Ruslan Malinovskyi (8 points): another dazzling display for the Ukrainian maestro, who kick-started the drubbing against Bologna by slotting it home from the middle of the box after a great combination with Luis Muriel and teed up Duvan Zapata. He has been going like gangbusters in the last six rounds.

Adam Ounas (6 points): he was supposed to be a late call after missing the midweek round because of an injury, but he surely did not look hampered as he waltzed among Parma defenders at will, hit the net with a lovely left strike in the bottom corner and picked up an assist as he found Lisandro Magallan with a corner kick on the opening goal.

Tiemoue Bakayoko (6 points): the Napoli powerhouse rarely scores, but he tends to do it in a beautiful fashion when he manages. It happened again versus Torino, as he broke the deadlock in the early going with a razor-sharp effort from distance.

Simy (8 points): the giant Nigerian forward continued his surge in the capocannoniere standings with a brace in the goal bonanza that was Parma-Crotone. He remains undefeated with his peculiar way of taking penalty kicks, plus he vacuumed up and tucked home a loose ball in the box to further add to his day.

Carles Perez (6 points): it was all for naught because Roma still ended up losing, but the peppy Spanish attacker finally broke through after few convincing performances in a row, hitting the net with a sharp lefty shot and setting up Federico Fazio’s header with a set-piece. He has been one of the lone bright notes of the Giallorossi’s late slide.

Luis Muriel (6 points): he returned to the stat-sheet thanks to a PK after a little swoon given his recent standards, as he had not scored in three straight matches, but the highlight of his performance was the heel flick with which he opened a clear lane for Ruslan Malinovskyi, where he displayed incredible vision e technique.

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