Serie A 2016-17: Team Of The Week – Round 13
Another win for Juventus saw their advantage increase on Roma and AC Milan behind them to seven points, with the Giallorossi losing against Atalanta and the Rossoneri drawing with Inter.
Wins for Lazio, Atalanta, Napoli, Torino and Fiorentina saw all these teams climb to within touching distance of the top three.
The bottom four all lost, falling even more behind.
Our Team of the Week will see an attacking 3-4-3 formation deployed.
Ciprian Tatarusanu – Fiorentina
An easy game for the Viola overall, but a lot of the merit goes to their Romanian goalkeeper, who kept a clean sheet and made two crucial saves when the game was still stuck on the 0-0.
Mattia Caldara – Atalanta (2 Team of the Week appearances)
Not only has Gian Piero Gasperini has found a solid defender, but also an added striker. This is his second consecutive goal and a decisive one to help Atalanta see off Roma and climb into a European spot.
Daniele Rugani – Juventus
To play at the Juventus Stadium against Pescara is probably the easiest task for a defender, but to do it in such a neat way should not be taken for granted, especially considering the pressure that replacing Andrea Barzagli can bring. The former Empoli centre back was almost perfect, helping Juve grab the three points.
Massimo Gobbi – Chievo
The goalscorer you don’t expect for the Flying Donkeys, who put one past Cagliari to reach Inter on 18 points. A lovely goal by the ex-Fiorentina left back, to be added to a clean display on his flank.
Federico Bernardeschi – (2 apps)
The Viola No.10 must love that away kit; after the two goals in Cagliari, here is another brace to ease past Empoli away and help Fiorentina to an easy win. The Italian international’s second goal is a stunner, an absolute bomb on which Lukasz Skorupski can do nothing.
Hernanes – Juventus
One of the most criticised Bianconeri players of the past 18 months, the Brazilian has learnt how to play as a regista and has become a crucial option for Massimiliano Allegri to replace Claudio Marchisio. He is a bit slow at times, but against Pescara he gave quality to the play and was essential in defending. His goal wasn’t bad, either.
Josip Ilicic – Fiorentina
The Slovenian is back, and Paulo Sousa can only be happy. Lethal from the penalty spot and then clinical for his second, Ilicic added two goals to Bernardeschi’s giving Fiorentina a 4-0 away victory.
Suso – AC Milan
In the end, he didn’t walk home – after saying “I will go back home by foot if I score a brace in the Derby.” But Suso’s game was close to perfection, helping at the back, being a nightmare for the Nerazzurri defenders and putting two goals past Samir Handanovic.
Fabio Quagliarella – Sampdoria
Unbelievable what happened at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris, with the Blucerchiati snatching a 3-2 win after being 2-0 down until the last six minutes. The man who scored the first was Quagliarella, and it wasn’t just any goal: the former Udinese, Napoli, Torino and Juventus man reached the 100 Serie A goals mark. Historical.
Andrea Belotti – Torino (5 apps)
The Rooster sings twice and Sinisa Mihajlovic wins again. Belotti was quiet for 80 minutes, only to smash two in the final 10 and give the Granata another three points. Whatever he touches right now turns into gold.
Lorenzo Insigne – Napoli
The “Scugnizzo” hadn’t scored since April, and it was really starting to be a problem. Then, all of a sudden, Insigne found the path into a fundamental brace in Udine, to give Maurizio Sarri’s men three points and to show once again he can be central to Napoli.