Serie A Best Fantasy XI – Round 37

Gianluigi Donnarumma (7 points): Milan did not get to the three points they were hoping for against versus Cagliari, but the goalkeeper at least avoided the disaster scenario with two magnificent saves on headers, denying point-blank attempts by Leonardo Pavoletti and Diego Godin.

Juan Cuadrado (6 points): he willed Juventus to victory in the crunch match with Inter with two goals in key moments of the contest. He found the target with a deflected strike from distance in the final minutes of the first half and, more importantly, baited Ivan Perisic into a (questionable) foul in the box after the 2-2 tie. He made no mistake from the penalty spot in a clutch situation despite not having great experience with PKs. 

Diego Godin (5 points): Cagliari managed to hold Milan’s quick front-line in check pretty easily, differently from what happened to Torino and Juventus in the last two matches. He won countless duels in the air and never let Ante Rebic slipped behind him. He could have also buried a goal with a thumping header if it was not for Donnarumma’s heroics.

Tommaso Augello (5 points): he got the better of the duel with the peppy Nahuel Molina in the Udinese contest, sprinting multiple times down the flank and uncorking some tasty passes. He could have had a bigger day, but he completely botched a cross-shot from a favorable position.

Amir Rrahmani (4 points): he contributed to shackling down the sizzling Dusan Vlahovic and drew a cunning penalty kick in the other box that solved a lot of problems for Napoli as the match was starting to become tricky. He has been a very steady hand while filling in for Kalidou Koulibaly.

Ruslan Malinovskyi (6 points): the Ukrainian playmaker is the gift that keeps on going and registered yet another performance where he both scored and assisted a teammate. He found Duvan Zapata in the box on the opening goal versus Genoa, then he hit the net with a customary vicious lefty.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (6 points): the Armenian attacker came through once again for fantasy owners, improving to 12 goals in Serie A play with a little finish to nudge home a quality feed by Edin Dzeko. He has made the stat-sheet in three straight matches, plus he has recorded ten assists in the season, which he called one of his finest yet.

Gregoire Defrel (4 points): it was not a particularly prolific round for attackers and midfielders, so scoring once was enough to crack the XI. The Frenchman bagged one of the most beautiful goals of the weekend, latching onto a cross by stretching his leg in the air and accurately putting the ball past Luigi Sepe.

Duvan Zapata (6 points): he snapped out of a little slump few minutes into the Genoa bout by muscling his way in the box and beating the goalkeeper with a crisp shot. He returned the favor to Malinovskyi later on, perfectly teeing teammate up with the ninth assist of this campaign, proving that he is also an underrated playmaker.

Goran Pandev (6 points): the veteran contributed to keeping the Grifone alive until the final minutes versus the Goddess with a productive cameo off the bench as he nailed a PK and sprung Eldor Shomurodov loose through defenders to set up the third goal for his side.

Pedro (4 points): he too netted a pretty and highly influential goal since he sealed the Derby by firing it home in the bottom corner from downtown after weaving his way through the defenders in the final third. He had not delivered in some time, but he picked the right spot to wake up.

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