Serie A 2013-14: Team of the Week – Round 3
It was derby games galore in Serie A this week, we started with the Derby d’Italia at the San Siro on Saturday, which ended in a 1-1 draw between Inter and Juventus.
Derby della Lanterna finished in a 3-0 ‘away’ victory for Genoa and included a Francesco Lodi special.
AC Milan came back from 2-0 down to salvage a draw at Torino thanks to a Mario Balotelli stoppage time penalty.
But who performed well enough to make it into the team of the week? Make sure to leave a comment and let us know who’s missing from this week’s team of the week!
Mattia Perin – Genoa
The young goalkeeper had been on the receiving end of some criticism in the past few weeks but he showed his undoubted class and potential with a assured display in the big derby match with Sampdoria. Admittedly he did not have too much to do but whatever he did was done with calm and authority.
Luca Antonini – Genoa
The fullback was making his debut following the switch from AC Milan. Aside from scoring a stunning goal he was assured and composed when on the ball. Completed his defensive duties efficiently and looks like he will be a good addition to the Genoa squad.
Andrea Ranocchia – Inter
It would be fair to say Inter have not seen the best of Ranocchia since he arrived from Bari (via Genoa) but in the big Saturday showdown with Juventus he looked back to his best. He was never afraid to bring the ball out from the back and defended stoutly when faced with increasing pressure from the bianconeri.
Lorik Cana – Lazio
The Albanian hasn’t always been a regular in the Lazio side but in the clash with Chievo he dealt with the threat posed by Alberto Paloschi and Cyril Thereau with ease. Showing good positional sense and understanding with his teammates he staked a claim for a regular spot in the starting line up.
Kwadwo Asamoah – Juventus
The Ghanaian put in a display reminiscent of his early season form of last season. Strong and skillful, he was a constant threat throughout his teams encounter with Inter. This was evident when he set up Arturo Vidal’s equalizer.
Omar El Kaddouri – Torino
Always willing to receive the ball. The technically gifted Moroccan evaded the hapless Milan midfield with ease every time he got the ball and more often than not supplied pin point passes to his teammates. More performances like this may lead to a recall to parent club Napoli.
Francesco Lodi – Genoa
The play maker was not on the ball as often as he would have liked as Genoa were content to sit deep and soak up the pressure in the derby della lanterna but he was still his usual elegant self whenever in possession. Capped of the performance with a great free kick.
Miralem Pjanic – Roma (Team of the Week apps – 2)
The Bosnian seem to have the faith of new boss Rudi Garcia and he is repaying it with some fine performances. Against Parma he was always available and looking to get Roma’s passing game going. Set up the first goal for Alessandro Florenzi with an exquisite chipped pass
Alessio Cerci – Torino
The attacker put in a virtuoso performance and tormented the Milan defense throughout their match on Saturday. Starting from a wide right position but with freedom to roam, Cerci displayed his technique and vision to devastating effect. Scored what at the tine looked like the winning goal.
Paulinho – Livorno
The Brazilian may not be the biggest name when it comes to Serie A strikers but he put in a great all round centre forward display in the game against Catania. His hard running and good link up play was rewarded when he scored two goals withing six minutes,
Jose Maria Callejon – Napoli
The former Real Madrid may have only been on the pitch for the last half an hour but his introduction helped steer Napoli to a third straight win. He Displayed the technique you would expect from a top Spanish player as well as the tactical awareness needed to play in Rafa Benitez 4-2-3-1 formation. This was seen when he scored Napoli’s second goal, cutting in from the right flank to cap a fine team move.