Plenty of pathos in the last Serie A round: Cagliari-Roma and Lazio-Sampdoria would have been worthy candidates for match of the week, but then Sassuolo-Fiorentina outdid them on Sunday.
Both teams came into the game pretty desperate for a win: the Neroverdi had prevailed just once in the previous eight fixtures, while La Viola last grabbed the full three points for the last time in late September. With Kevin-Prince Boateng out with an injury, Roberto De Zerbi used his best XI, with Khouma Babacar spearheading the front-line, Federico Di Francesco on the left wing and Stefano Sensi as deep-lying playmaker. Continue reading →
Andrea Consigli: Sassuolo are not in their best period, but they have tightened up in the back and this week they will host a Fiorentina team that has managed to put it on goal just four times on the road, which is the worst clip in the League.
Joao Cancelo: he will try to stick it to the team that did not pick up the option to buy him this summer and the fact that Alex Sandro is unlikely to play will give him more opportunities on offence. Juventus have kept three clean sheets in a row.
The first round had few surprises, let’s take a look at the best performers.
Andrea Consigli(7 points): four teams kept a clean sheet, only Roma among the top clubs but Robin Olsen did not have a great debut, then SPAL and Empoli, so Alfred Gomis and Pietro Terracciano, two back-up goalie on paper, earned the same amount of points as Sassuolo’s #1. Consigli gets the nod because he had the most difficult match-up and preserved the result late with an exceptional diving save on a close-range header. Continue reading →
A busy week for Serie Ateams is in the book, here are the top performers from the last two rounds.
Andrea Consigli: in a staggering turn of events, Sassuolo was the only team to keep a clean sheet in both games, against Verona and Fiorentina. The Neroverdi found their groove in the home stretch and the goalie did not have to intervene too much in either match, but still brought home 13 total points.
Mauricio Lemos: the Uruguayan centre-back had an horrific impact to Serie A, but found his footing lately and decided the key game against Verona with a tap in. He was the top defender last week with 13 points. His teammate Francesco Acerbi collected ten points for not conceding a single goal. Continue reading →
There were three candidates for team of the week in the last Serie A, with Torino and Juventus scoring multiple goals and keeping the clean sheet, but the shout-out goes to Atalanta, which did it on the road, with a larger result than the Bianconeri and against a tougher opponent than Benevento.