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Tuesday January 17 2012
Serie A Team of Week 18

After a three-day Serie A programme, Dave Taylor picks his best XI from the latest round of matches.

Sebastien Frey [Genoa]

Outstanding performance and won the points for Genoa. Twice stopped screamers from Floro Flores and made several other outstanding saves, including one from Di Natale, while his one-handed reaction from Pinzi was priceless. Helpless on both goals. Resplendent.

Andreas Granqvist  [Genoa]

The athletic Swede imposed himself everywhere and invariably came off best. Patrolled the right flank as a defender, but was up front when his superb reaction to Jankovic's rebound saw him score the vital equaliser. Quicksilver.

Walter Samuel [Inter]

The Argentine played his usual all-action game with determination by the bucketful. Never gave the Milan forwards an inch and was like a snapping dragon when it came to closing them down. Towering.

Thiago Silva [Milan]

One of the few Rossoneri who could hold his head up and kept the Inter forwards restricted for most of the game. Tried his best to inspire by pushing up but let down by his teammates. Forceful.

Javier Zanetti [Inter]

Difficult to believe he was the oldest on the pitch the way he burnt Zambrotta and anyone else he came into contact with. Never stopped pushing and his quick thinking set up Milito with a perfect pass. Astounding.

Andrea Cossu [Cagliari]

Was troubled by Pirlo at times, but eventually won through. Saved his best for the second half while also scoring the crucial equaliser with a tremendous left-footer that screamed past a bemused Buffon.  Exhilarating.

Gaby Mundingayi [Bologna]

An uncompromising performance from the Belgian international who had a firm grip on the midfield action and shackled Hamsik throughout. Simply soaked up the pressure with some crucial tackling and intelligent running.  Physical.

Saphir Taider [Bologna]

The French U-21 star made his debut with a more than commendable performance and worried Napoli every time he got the ball. Showed excellent technique and never faltered while helping out in defence and attack. Dauntless.

Bosko Jankovic [Genoa]

Was at the heart of all the action and forced the equaliser after Handanovic could only parry the ball for Granqvist to slot home. However, a minute later the 'keeper failed to stop the midfielder’s next stupendous volley. Radiant.

Adrian Mutu [Cesena]

The Romanian was red-hot, scored twice and had a massive hand in the third. His first came from a rebound, his second a smartly-taken penalty while his dangerous run and cross forced the own goal. Incandescent.

Sebastian Giovinco [Parma]

Involved in all the best moves and set up the first two goals with dynamic crosses. Always on the move the Ant scurried around, found space in the last few seconds and converted Palladino's neat pass. Atomic.

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