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Monday February 20 2012
Serie A Team of Week 24

Dave Taylor picks his best XI after another enthralling round of action in Italy’s top flight.

Jean-Francois Gillet [Bologna]

Snuffed out the Inter strikers all game, making sensational reaction saves with his legs from Douglas Maicon's header and Diego Forlan's strike. Rounded off a dynamic display by brilliantly palming away Andrea Ranocchia's header off the line. Indispensable.

Marco Andreolli [Chievo]

A solid showing by the 6ft 3 former Azzurrini central defender. He was an unmoveable rock in the middle and had Rodrigo Palacio firmly in his pocket throughout. Solid.

Matias Silvestre [Palermo]

Stood firm in the way of Lazio's forwards and made sure they made no headway, especially at corners. Worked hard and found space from Fabrizio Miccoli's free-kick to head home from six yards. Integral.

Paolo Cannavaro [Napoli]

Back again where he belongs as captain, commanding the defence and inspiring those around him. Protected his goalkeeper with a couple of vital blocks but in general halted any threat before it got started. Cultivated.

Juan Guillermo Cuadrado [Lecce]

Caused considerable danger all match with his speed of movement and thought down the right flank. Scored after a magical 50 yard solo run that saw him chip the 'keeper with consummate ease. Delightful.

Diego Perez [Bologna]

Came out best in midfield against Esteban Cambiasso and with his all-powerful interceptions never allowed Inter to get a real foothold. It was his perfect assist that set up Marco Di Vaio for the opener. Cauterising.

Urby Emanuelson  [Milan]

No sympathy from the devil here and, just behind the front two, the Dutchman was unmerciful in his prompting and prodding. Set up several attempts, while shooting on sight himself and scored with a dynamite long-range effort. Dominant.

Andrea Pirlo [Juventus]

Another top performance saw him score from a trademark free-kick. Never stopped shooting, crossing and putting set-pieces into danger areas, also set up Giorgio Chiellini's goal with another free kick and had a massive hand in the third. Immaculate.

Edinson Cavani [Napoli]

The Three Tenors were singing off the same sheet as Lavezzi's ball from Hamsik set up the Matador for his first. His second left Artur Boruc with no chance as his angled shot flew past the goalkeeper. Triquetrous.

Ezequiel Lavezzi [Napoli]

Never stopped running, probing and was superb at corners and free-kicks putting Fiorentina under pressure every time. Finally got his just rewards after dodging some rough-house tactics to finish a fine run with a dynamic shot past Boruc. Triumphant.

Marco Di Vaio [Bologna]

The veteran was at it again defending and attacking from the front. Opened the scoring with a coolly taken shot past Julio Cesar, then a minute later slotted home number two from an angle. Pungent.

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