Serie A 2016-17: Team of the Week – Round 10
AC Milan fell in Genoa, as Juventus maintain the lead with an easy victory over Sampdoria. Roma and Napoli won their respective games and stay on track of the Bianconeri.
Lazio continued to impress with another bucket-load of goals, and behind them, Atalanta won again and are now 6th.
Inter are back to winning ways thanks to Mauro Icardi, Crotone managed to snatch a point in Florence, whilst Udinese beat Palermo.
Our Team of the Week will see a 3-4-3 formation deployed.
Angelo Da Costa – Bologna (2 Team of the Week appearances)
The goalkeeper was decisive once again after stopping Ciro Immobile at the Stadio Olimpico last week. At least four crucial saves against Chievo, to give Bologna a point in a difficult away game.
Aleandro Rosi – Crotone
Davide Nicola seemed doomed to lose his job in Florence, but his players reacted beautifully and almost managed to beat Fiorentina, only to be caught by an 85th-minute Davide Astori goal. Rosi was always careful defensively, and his cross lead to Ciprian Tatarusanus mistake and Diego Falcinelli’s opener.
Mattia Caldara – Atalanta
The centre-back was La Dea’s best striker as Alberto Paloschi’s struggle continued: first, he hit the bar, then he fired home the game’s only goal to give Gian Piero Gasperini another three points. At the back, he was an absolute wall.
Giorgio Chiellini – Juventus
Believe it or not, the least technically able of the Juve defensive trio found a brace, helping the Bianconeri destroy Sampdoria. Usual solid display overall in defence.
Juan Cuadrado – Juventus
The Colombian was back to his best, dominating the right flank, collecting free kicks and dribbling his opponents. Against Sampdoria he delivered a fine cross for Mario Mandzukic’s opener and then placed another one on Chiellini’s head for the defender’s second.
Seko Fofana – Udinese
The former Manchester City midfielder decided to appear on the Serie A scene in Palermo, giving Udinese a great win. Two goals for the Frenchman: a splendid curler in the top corner and an easy counter attack.
Radja Nainggolan – Roma
First, he slammed a bomb on the crossbar in the second half, then he put the game to bed by securing the 1-3. In the middle, he was Roma’s first defensive player and first striker: a true box-to-box midfielder.
Felipe Anderson – Lazio
Quality, so much quality, every time he has the ball. Assists for his teammates, and finally a goal: an absolute gem. The Brazilian dribbled past four opponents with the elegance only the best players have and then mildly deposited in goal for the Biancocelesti’s fourth.
Mauro Icardi – Inter (3 apps)
He might have a bad relationship with his fans, but he remains one of the deadliest finishers in Serie A. Give him the right chance and he will take it. The first goal came from a Joe Hart mistake, but the second, with just moments before the final whistle, is a combination of strength, awareness, ability and power.
Edin Dzeko – Roma (3 apps)
Can you believe it? After last season, it is frankly difficult to believe Dzeko is now leading the goalscoring table with 10 in 10 games: the best average in Europe. The player admired with Wolfsburg and Manchester City is back. In Sassuolo he hit the bar in the first half, then won it for Roma in the second: an ice-cold finish for the first and the penalty for the 2-1.
Ciro Immobile – Lazio (3 apps)
Immobile confirmed he is the best Italian centre-forward there is right now: another two goals to make Lazio fly to 18 points, right behind the top four. Fantastic all-round striker.