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Monday January 23 2012
Serie A Team of Week 19

Who made it into the Football Italia Team of the Week? Dave Taylor reveals all after the latest round of games.

Gianluca Pegolo [Siena]

Siena's second choice sentinel was superb, making five or six sensational saves, including blocking two Cavani thunderbolts and his penalty. With Napoli pushing for a winner he saved Pandev's screamer right on the line, right on time. Superlative.

Alessandro Gamberini [Fiorentina]

Getting back to his best and quietly efficient in the tackle. Helped drum Larrivey right out the game and also made a  crucial challenge on the relatively dangerous Nainggolan and was one of the reasons along with Boruc for the clean sheet. Solid.

Giorgio Chiellini [Juventus]

Commanded the centre of defence and kept Denis quiet while making some absolutely decisive blocks. Always ready to snuff out danger, his dive to head away a menacing Schelotto cross was outstanding and the template for several other aerial encounters. Dominant.

Pablo Armero [Udinese]

Controlled the left flank and forced the first goal in off Izco after a fine run. Kept pressing and dodged two defenders before pulling back the perfect pass for Di Natale to volley home the second. Dynamic.

Esteban Cambiasso [Inter]

Bossed the midfield allowing Inter's more creative players to do their business while stopping Lazio's versions – Hernanes, Ledesma, Gonzalez and later Matuzalem – from doing theirs. His amazing engine keeps powering Inter further and further up the table. Galvanizing.

Andrea Pirlo [Juventus]

Still one of Italy's best players and showed his sublime ability with some sumptuous service, to set up several attacks. Always alert to the half chance, it was his extremely well-crafted through ball that instigated Lichtsteiner's opener. Transcendent.

Massimo Donati [Palermo]

Although his first game, it looked like he had played in Rosanero all his life. Popped up everywhere. Gave Genoa a hard time in midfield and worked magnificently with the forwards, especially Miccoli. Inspired.

Francesco Totti [Roma]

Scored his 210th League goal almost immediately with an angled drive.  A crisp volley saw number 211 buried. Also set up the third and fourth goals. Majestic.

Fabio Borini [Roma]

The former Chelsea youngster was here, there and everywhere and perfectly placed to slip his goal in from a few yards out. Formed a great partnership with Totti and definitely a star for the future. Untiring.

Fabrizio Miccoli [Palermo]

Had a hand in three goals as well also scoring his own. Assisted for Budan and Mantovani's goals and then set up Migliaccio with a stunning free kick. In between he slipped around Frey for number four. Unstoppable.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic [Milan]

The Swede was simply mind-blowing and after three blocked killer shots he finally scored with a nonchalant volley past Ujkani. His second saw his clever flick surprising the defence as he half turned before using his heel. Sublime.

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