Following another crucial weekend of vital games and several hat-tricks, Dave Taylor picks his best XI.
Massimiliano Benassi [Lecce]
Could not be faulted for the goal and stopped some powerful efforts throughout, especially from Mattia Cassani and the double save first from Riccardo Montolivo then Manuel Pasqual’s follow up strike. Pragmatic.
Abdoulay Konko [Lazio]
Was always an alert outlet for Lazio and made some great runs down the right with one in particular integral to the visitors’ opening goal. Equally as good in defence as attack, he was arguably Lazio’s best player. Vigilant.
Walter Samuel [Inter]
The veteran played a massive part in the opener when he supplied Diego Milito with the perfect ball. And apart from his usual defensive vigilance he also caused a few problems in Milan’s half. Stalwart.
Andrea Barzagli [Juventus]
Kept the opposition forwards quiet all game and never really broke a sweat, such was his excellent positioning and forethought. Never put a foot wrong. Prudent.
Massimo Gobbi [Parma]
Straight back in after suspension, the 31-year-old spent as much time in the Siena half as he did in his own. Full of energy and running he was always a ready conduit down the left flank when Parma attacked. Lively.
Marco Rigoni [Novara]
Man of the Match. Scored a splendid hat-trick and gave Cesena’s Steve Von Bergen not so much a lesson in how to score, but a 90 minute seminar on how to lose a marker and make him pay. Impressive.
Alessandro Diamanti [Bologna]
A classy performance, with some precise distribution from the centre of the park. Scored a stunning left-footer from 12 yards, after some clever build up work between Archimede Morleo and Robert Acquafresca. Helped out his defence when needed. Elegant.
Sebastian Giovinco [Parma]
Another top performance by the Gialloblu’s No 10, who was involved in everything and capped it all off with a right footed half-volley wonder goal, that absolutely flew into the top corner from outside the area. Stylish.
Diego Milito [Inter]
A live wire throughout and opened the scoring after finding space to tap in the first of his hat-trick of goals. Then won and scored his first penalty before coolly converting his second, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance on either of them. Stunning.
Antonio Di Natale [Udinese]
Another stunning display of craft and guile by the veteran. Hit the post twice before scoring from a free kick that went on a wicked, curving trajectory before squeezing between Seb Frey and the upright. Spectacular.
Fabrizio Miccoli [Palermo]
Palermo’s pocket battleship scored a tremendous hat-trick and could have scored three more. And while his first two goals were well-taken, his third was an awesome stunner as he cleverly controlled the ball before volleying it home. Brobdignagian.
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