Another riveting Serie A season ended this week and Dave Taylor picks his best XI for the last time.
Albano Bizzarri [Lazio]
Kept Lazio in the game with two superb blocks on Diego Milito efforts, while his brilliant finger-tip save from Fredy Guarin’s screamer was a game-changer. Little chance with the penalty but never put a foot wrong. Show-stopping.
Douglas Maicon [Inter]
Forever causing problems for Lazio with his full-blooded runs yet never neglected defensive duties. Worked well swapping roles with Javier Zanetti and won the penalty. Always in control and didn’t deserve to be on losing side. Peremptory.
Gabriel Paletta [Parma]
Another strong performance from the always improving Argentinean defender. He has played a central role in Parma’s revival and was particularly strong at set pieces against Bologna. Spoilt Marco Di Vaio’s final farewell. Indisputable.
Giorgio Chiellini [Juventus]
Playing in his favoured position in the centre of the defence Chiello was, as always, aware of the opposition forwards’ runs. He made several fundamental interceptions on the ground and especially in the air, which were all crystallised in one crucial block on Carlos Carmona. Incontrovertible
Santiago Garcia [Novara]
The young Argentinean was a thorn in Milan’s side on the left and was rewarded when he was first to the ball to slot home from 10 yards. Also kept Alberto Aquilani and Rino Gattuso in check. Determined.
Mario Santana [Cesena]
Continually threatened down the right and set up the opener with a clever dribble past two defenders. Tested Bogdan Lobont several times before eventually beating the Roma ‘keeper from a tight angle at the death. Compelling.
Antonio Candreva [Lazio]
Worked tirelessly to keep Lazio in the game and was the instigator of most of their dangerous moments. Worried Inter’s ‘keeper on many occasions before striking home with a powerful finish for the second crucial goal. Irrefragable.
Sebastian Giovinco [Parma]
Like a ballerina amongst Sumo wrestlers he radiated supine balance as he pirouetted through the opposition defence. After several goal attempts himself, one which was saved on the line by the ‘keeper, he set up the perfect winner. Magisterial.
Andrea Dossena [Napoli]
Controlled a textbook pass from the magical Marek Hamsik for his first goal and continued causing problems before scoring his second with a simple tap-in after being in the right place at the right time. Domineering.
Alessandro Del Piero [Juventus]
It was written in the Gospel of Il Pinturicchio that he would score and after swapping balls with Emanuele Giaccherini he did just that, firing home from 15 yards. Also created several chances before leaving to a standing ovation. Circumstantiated.
Filippo Inzaghi [Milan]
It was another SuperPippo day as he had several strong attempts on goal before controlling a gorgeous pass from another retiree Clarence Seedorf, to smack home a tremendous right-footed half-volley, another perfect goal for the poacher in chief. Extraordinaire.