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Tuesday November 26 2013
Serie A Team of Week 13

Dave Taylor picks his best XI from the latest round of games which saw Juventus return to the top of the table.

Mattia Perrin [Genoa]

Just about perfection as Genoa came away with a point thanks to the 21-year-old’s outstanding agility. From start to finish he was magnificent and consistently pulled off superb save after superb save, including stopping Mario Balotelli’s penalty. Sizzling.

Maicon [Roma]

The Brazilian looked at complete ease patrolling the right flank as if he owned it. Refused Marco Sau any headway down Cagliari’s left channel and was as pacey as he has ever been. Glowing.

Maurizio Domizzi [Udinese]

Led the backline well, kept Giuseppe Rossi quiet and was outstanding in the first half. As Fiorentina put the pressure on he was a tower repelling everything they threw at the home defence. Volcanic.

Daniele Gastaldello [Sampdoria]

Like trying to get two consecutive words heard around an Italian dinner table, Lazio’s Sergio Floccari never had a chance as the 30-year-old never put a foot wrong, despite the visitors having the most possession. Searing.

Gabriel Silva [Udinese]

The Brazilian youngster blanketed Joaquin and then his substitute Josip Ilicic completely out of the game. He absolutely ruled the left flank, won all his aerial battles and still found time to almost score twice. Fiery.

Diego Perez [Bologna]

Despite stiffening up with cramp the Uruguayan hard man showed his devotion playing on through the pain barrier, before going off after 75 minutes. Yet before that he made several crucial tackles while stifling any creativity from Inter’s midfield. Blistering.

Omar El Kaddouri [Torino]

The Moroccan Olympian was venomous, causing myriad problems for Catania. Both his goals were down to his rattlesnake alertness as he snapped on to two rebounds before anyone else with all the speed of a striking cobra. Scalding.

Dejan Lazarevic [Chievo]

A superb short set from the Slovenian super sub, who saw everything come together, when with seconds to go he smashed home the only goal for the winner. Scorching.

Antonio Cassano [Parma]

FantAntonio was red-hot, finding holes in Napoli’s defence and burning through it like a shooting star piercing the atmosphere. Seemingly pushing Miguel Britos back by sheer will power he scored the winner with a low screamer. Radiating.

Fernando Llorente [Juventus]

The once-forgotten forward grows better by the week and has become Carlos Tevez’s perfect partner. Deservedly man of the match and, apart from his terrific side-footer for the first goal, he also set up Tevez’s winning goal. Illuminating.

Ciro Immobile [Torino]

A searing performance from the all-action striker, who almost scored from the off twice before exploiting a defensive error for the opener. Kept pressurizing and forced a save from the ‘keeper that saw El Kaddouri slot home the rebound. Blazing.

Special mentions: Kaka [Milan], Paul Pogba [Juventus], Kwadwo Asamoah [Juventus], Gianluca Pegolo [Sassuolo], Hugo Campagnaro [Inter], Gianluca Curci [Bologna], Luca Marrone [Sassuolo], Vlada Avramov [Cagliari]. 

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