Serie A Best Fantasy XI – Round 36

Thomas Strakosha (7 points): Lazio surprisingly had major trouble working their way around the usually sketchy Parma defense. They eventually got an extremely late game-winner, but that was made possible only because the Albanian goalkeeper, who returned between the sticks after ages, stabbed his arms out at the last moment a couple of times to deny surefire attempts by the Ducali.

Theo Hernandez (13 points): he put together the finest performance of the season for a defender in the commanding win over Torino as, on top of securing the clean sheet, he hit the net twice, with a lefty scorcher in the first goal and with a lovely chip over the goalkeeper on the second one. 

Davide Zappacosta (9 points): the Genoa fullback, who has been a weapon all season long, is finishing the campaign very strong as he found the target for the second straight round, punishing Bologna with another vicious sharp-shot. The move to the right wing has allowed him to cut back and bomb away at will.

Nikola Milenkovic (5 points): the match with Cagliari was played at soporific rhythms as both sides quickly settled for a tie that benefitted both, but the Serbian center-back still provided a tidy performance in the back and erased the opposing attackers with his overwhelming muscularity.

Brahim Diaz (8 points): he did not stop after the gem he bagged against Juventus as made the stat-sheet in the romp of Torino too, in this case with an easier finish, and got things started in the early going by setting up Hernandez’s initial goal with a relentless run through the middle and a pinpoint pass that invited the teammate to take aim and blast it home.

Tommaso Pobega (8 points): the Spezia powerhouse finally resurfaced after a lengthy lull with a clutch brace, swooping in with authority on a loose ball on the first goal and duping a defender with an unsuspecting technical move to shake free on the second one.

Frank Kessie (8 points): he made no mistake from the penalty spot this time around, but his best contribution came on the third goal for his side, where he literally ripped off the ball from an opponent and connected with Brahim Diaz with a sweet pass.

Piotr Zielinski (6 points): he recorded his second straight game with a goal and an assist in the rout of Udinese, pouncing on a tap-in after a devastating move by Victor Osimhen, whose attempt was rejected by the goalie, and teeing up Fabian Ruiz before the teammate’s jaw-dropping curled shot.

Adrien Rabiot (6 points): even though he had a pair of defensive mishap, he was extremely influential in the Juventus win over Sassuolo as he broke the deadlock against the run of play with a very accurate lefty daisy cutter that kissed the post before going in and set up Cristiano Ronaldo in stride with a little header on a long-ball.

Ante Rebic (16 points): he literally dismantled Torino, who just could not find a way to stop him, and he ended up assembling a hat-trick, on top of providing an assist. After linking up with Hernandez on a two-man counter, he erupted late in the game, smashing home a point-blank shot, tucking it in on a generous square ball by Rafael, and finally bundling it over the line with his knee to round out the incredible score.

Romelu Lukaku (6 points): the Belgian ace returned to the stat-sheet after some time thanks to Achraf Hakimi’s generosity on a counter, who gifted him a free on a two-versus-zero counter, while early in the game he hit Matias Vecino in stride in the box on the opening goal.

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