NEWS
Tuesday December 13 2011
Serie A Team of Week 15

Dave Taylor picks his best XI from the latest 90 minutes of Serie A action. Who got the nod?

Nicola Ravaglia [Cesena]
One of the reasons that the visitors came away with the win, although pretty providential at times, he made several brilliant interventions. His reaction save from Silvestre's shot very early on was Buffon-like. Discriminating.

Lucio [Inter]

Back with a bang and bottled Gilardino's menace for much of the match. With a little help from the Wall, he gave the Nerazzurri the solidity in defence they missed when he was out. Dominant.

Nicola Legrottaglie [Catania]

The former Juve veteran finished his goal like a true bomber rising above the Atalanta defence to head home. Also made several crucial blocks particularly on Denis with a few minutes to go. Dramatic.

Daniele De Rossi [Roma]
Played deeper than usual and relished the defensive job he was asked to do and also scored within five minutes. Seemed to be a natural and was just as commanding and powerful as usual. Defining.

Daniele Portanova [Bologna]

Never allowed Ibra to get really going and led his defence with subtle ease and efficiency. Thanks to his control Bologna saw much more of the ball and easily had the territorial advantage. Daunting.

Juan Guillermo Cuadrado [Lecce]
The Colombian wing-back worried Lazio with his speed and determination. Sent in several good balls while he was foiled by Marchetti's great save after a cracking shot. Direct.

Dusan Basta [Udinese]

Never stopped running and got through a lot of work as Chievo threatened. Eventually it all paid off as he dived in where feet were flying to convert a corner with a diving header. Distinctive.

Marco Rossi [Genoa]

The captain grabbed the rudder and saved the ship with his quicksilver reaction to goalkeeper Brkic's sloppiness. Before and after his crucial opener, his cool assurance inspired his teammates and he was undoubtedly man of the match. Decisive.

Miroslav Klose [Lazio]

Absolutely lethal with two well-taken goals plus a superb assist. The veteran German's first came from a four-yard volley after Diakite's knock down, while his second saw him leap above two Lecce defenders to powerfully head home. Dignified.

Adrian Mutu [Cesena]

The Romanian has a nose for the half-chance, sniffing out opportunities with his dribbling, dangerous free-kicks and general positioning from the off. Scored a well-deserved goal out jumping Acquah to nod home. Delightful.

Marco Di Vaio [Bologna]

Looks back to the level he performed at last season. Always the supreme professional, he burned Milan's offside trap breaking from the half-way line before lobbing Amelia for his goal, also hit the post. Dazzling.

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