Serie A 2016-17: Team of the Week – Round 9
AC Milan beat Juventus at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on a glorious night in the biggest game of the round, thanks to the wonder kid Manuel Locatelli.
The Bianconeri slow down and Napoli, Milan, and Roma close in on the leaders.
Fiorentina are back to winning ways, Inter lost to Atalanta in Bergamo whilst Lazio and Torino draw. More defeats for Pescara and Crotone.
Our Team of the Week will see a 3-4-3 formation deployed.
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Gianluigi Donnarumma – AC Milan (2 Team of the Week appearances)
The 17-year-old never stops surprising with his skills. On a night when a mistake was leading to Juventus’ goal – then disallowed – he saved the three points with a monstrous save on a Sami Khedira shot at the very last second.
Davide Zappacosta – Torino
The young full-back has become a certainty for Sinisa Mihajlovic on the right flank. Unstoppable hard work and quality crosses for the strikers: his assist for Iago Falque’s opener against Lazio was a gem.
Gabriel Paletta – AC Milan
The experienced defender was a rock against Juve, stopping everyone who faced him. If Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain had a bad night it was largely thanks to him.
Nikola Maksimovic – Napoli
He’s finding consistency after a slow start to his season and is becoming central for Maurizio Sarri. In a difficult game against Crotone, when Napoli were left with 10 men Maksimovic scored the second with what was precise and clean at the back.
Federico Bernardeschi – Fiorentina
Finally, Berna manages to show the skills you expect from a No.10. Two goals in a vital game for the Viola, who had to win after recent results. The second strike is a combination of power and technique like very few are able to show.
Manuel Locatelli – AC Milan (2 apps)
The man who is living the dream strikes again: after his magical goal against Sassuolo, Locatelli went one better and killed Juventus, annihilating the best goalkeeper in the league with a stunning wonder goal. The stuff of dreams.
Radja Nainggolan – Roma
Ok, Palermo’s midfield isn’t exactly the best, but the Belgian was the usual machine in the middle, giving the opponents no chance and being subbed with the standing ovation of his fans.
Stephan El Shaarawy – Roma
In Roma’s 4-1 victory that brings the Giallorossi second, there is a lot of Il Faraone’s skills. The Italian scored the fourth but gave the Rosanero defence a night they won’t forget easily.
Nikola Kalinic – Fiorentina
He’s back, and in a powerful way. Kalinic’s last Serie A goal was in the opening game: he scored three all at once in Cagliari, helping coach Paulo Sousa out of trouble and showing the critics what he’s able of doing.
Cyril Thereau – Udinese
A difficult start to the season blown away with two goals to give Luigi Delneri the first win of his Udinese spell. The last win for the Bianconeri was against Milan on September 10: Thereau hadn’t scored yet this season. He chose the best time to strike twice and find the three points.
Luis Muriel – Sampdoria
The Blucerchiati win the Derby della Lanterna and are kings of Genoa thanks mainly to the speed and technique of the Colombian, an absolute nightmare for the Genoese defenders. A goal and a constant threat for 90 minutes, making the most of his pace on the counter.