NEWS
Monday March 5 2012
Serie A Team of Week 26

Dave Taylor picks his best XI at the end of another thrilling week of action in the Italian top flight.

Stefano Sorrentino [Chievo]

Man of the Match and won a point for the visitors with some exceptional saves from start to finish, especially three in the second half, including the brilliant stop from Andrea Pirlo in stoppages. Significant.                                               

Ignazio Abate [Milan]

Started menacing down the right from the kick-off with some early dangerous crosses and unafraid to try several shots of his own. Made a decisive block on a dangerous Andrea Mantovani strike and also kept Fabrizio Miccoli quiet. Insistent.

Thiago Silva [Milan]

Almost scored a goal with a fabulous free-kick and was imperious as usual in defence. Never gave anything away and put the icing on the cake with a tremendous header for the fourth goal. Commanding.

Matija Nastasic[Fiorentina]

It's all happening for the young Serbian after making his international debut last week he now scores his first goal in his first season with the Viola. A top performance and was always one step ahead, keeping the Cesena forwards quiet for long periods. Incinerating.

Boukary Drame [Chievo]

The French youngster has a mind of his own at times, but could not be stopped and caused Stephan Lichtsteiner some serious problems. Got forward to score the crucial equaliser when his angled drive beat Gianluigi Buffon. Compelling.

Michael Bradley [Chievo]

Controlled the midfield and was more Pirlo than Andrea in this game with his distribution and influence. Yet he is more robust than his opposite number, shown by his game defining tackle on a counter-attacking Mirko Vucinic. Decisive.

Antonio Nocerino [Milan]

Took us back to those heady days of Fabio Capello's Milan when beyond the sum of individual talent there was an over-riding sense of players who were educated to trust in their own ability to make a significant contribution. Devastating.

Sergio Almiron [Catania]

Undoubtedly Man of the Match and had the Inter midfield at his mercy running through and cutting them to pieces with a metaphorical sword the whole game. Excellent.

Franco Brienza [Siena]

Reminds you of a time when footballers thought tattoos were for sissies, wore smart haircuts and their only thought was for the good of the team. Worked hard and almost scored himself with an angled drive from 25 yards. Convincing.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic [Milan]

Never one to be inured by achievement, after scoring one the Swede went on to to score another two fabulous goals and would probably have netted another hat-trick if not for some fine goalkeeping from Viviano.Tormenting.

Fabio Borini [Roma]

The youngster did not deserve to be on the losing side and put much more into it than his comparative inexperience would suggest he possesses. Scored from an awkward position which showed his determination to equalise. Spirited.

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