NEWS
Monday September 26 2011
Serie A: Team of the Week

Nicola Ravaglia [Cesena]

Couldn't do much about Clarence Seedorf's strike but did limit Milan to one goal. Saved two dangerous Antonio Cassano strikes, stopped an almost certain goal from Stephan El Shaarawy and his handling, particularly at corners, was superb. Sedulous.

Juan Zuniga [Napoli]

The Colombian was again outstanding, taking the game to Fiorentina at every opportunity. Devastatingly effective down the right, the wing-back was everywhere, regularly passing his man and providing superb crosses. Shame no-one else was on his level. Splendid.

Lucio [Inter]

A new Coach, a new Lucio. Against Bologna there was a return to the Brazilian tough guy of old. Back to his blocking best, Lucio led the line, pushed his midfield forward and topped it off with a fine headed goal. Solid.

Alessandro Gamberini [Fiorentina]

Commanded the defence and closed down any attacks that came through the centre. One of the few defenders to have annulled Edinson Cavani this season, he kept the Napoli front-line quiet throughout. Sophisticated.

Pablo Armero [Udinese]

Had the left side of the pitch under his control against Cagliari and launched several attacks down that flank. Sadly for him though, his running and crosses were wasted as his teammates failed to match his awareness. Sublime.

Ezequiel Schelotto [Atalanta]

Superb performance and bossed the right flank against Novara with his menacing runs and dribbles. Got into a great position to head home the opener and would have scored twice if not for the goalkeeper and the post. Scintillating.

Daniele De Rossi [Roma]

Once again the main man, setting up several attacks from just in front of his back four. Always alert to danger, De Rossi snuffed out any assaults on the Giallorossi defence before they were able develop. Stupendous.

Esteban Cambiasso [Inter]

Never stopped prompting his teammates in midfield and had a big hand in the opening goal. Found himself in the opposition area several times but never neglected the defensive side of his game either. Spectacular.

Clarence Seedorf [Milan]

Man of the Match and scored the decider against Cesena with a well-struck right footer that flew into the top corner from outside the area. The veteran also showed some of the youngsters up with his non-stop running. Sapiential.

Giampaolo Pazzini [Inter]

Could not be stopped and after narrowly failing to connect with a header, he hit home a powerful strike that despite Jean-Francois Gillet reaching it, flew into the net. Always alert to another chance. Superb.

Rodrigo Palacio [Genoa]

Built on his relationship with Jorquera, who supplied the perfect through-ball for the Argentinian to slot an angled strike past Stefano Sorrentino. Had several more attempts before being rashly taken off after Dario Dainelli's expulsion. Salutary.

Dave Taylor

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