Monday October 23 2017
Serie A Team of Week 9

Following the draw with Inter, Napoli still remain top as Dave Taylor selects his best XI from Week 9’s action.

Samir Handanovic [Inter]

The big Slovenian pulled off a series of great saves, allowing the visitors to come away with a hard-earned point. His fabulous double save to first deny Jose Callejon saw him immediately whip back up to block Dries Mertens from converting the rebound with a strong right hand block. Excellent.

Raul Albiol [Napoli]

If for nothing else the Spaniard deserves a place in the team after he managed to stop an almost certain goal from Mathai Vecino’s dynamic header with his off the line clearance. Played a couple of good through balls, especially when finding Elseid Hysaj and also kept Mauro Icardi quiet. Comprehensive.

Paolo Cannavaro [Sassuolo]

The experienced veteran doesn’t get in many teams of the week, but deserved a shot at this one by keeping Marco Borriello quiet throughout. Making several excellent clearances, blocked shots and interceptions, he was the pick of the defenders. Complete.

Gianmarco Ferrari [Sampdoria]

The 25-year-old 6ft 2in former Crotone defender hit his old club after just three minutes with a towering header following Luca Torreira’s set piece from the edge of the 18 yard box. Solid throughout the game the goal turned out to be rightly warranted. Concrete.

Juan Cuadrado [Juventus]

The tricky little ace pushed forward at every opportunity and made several dangerous crosses throughout the game, worrying the hosts’ defence whenever he could. Also produced a clever assist for Khedira.

Sami Khedira [Juventus]

A richly deserved hat trick from the German ace whose first goal on 20 minutes came after a deft header from Juan Cuadrado’s cross. His second came from a volley as he cleverly latched onto Daniele Rugani’s knock down while his final strike came from a powerful angled drive. Matchless.

Luis Alberto [Lazio]

Always looking to blitz the visitors, the Spanish midfielder is integral to Lazio’s progress and looked to back Ciro Immobile whenever the opportunity arose. Narrowly missed scoring with a header but was always there looking to exploit any defensive weaknesses and produced an assist. Magnificent.

Matteo Politano [Sassuolo]

Scored the only goal of the game within a minute of kick off. Exploiting a defensive mistake he ran onto the ball and right-footed it home from the centre from 18 yards. Alert.

Aleksandar Kolarov [Roma]

The former Manchester City defender was king of the left flank and pushed up regularly becoming a wing back at times. Although he had a few clashes with Lorenzo Silvestri, he conquered the rest on his side. Then there was his goal from a free kick as he fired home with a perfect left foot shot. Overwhelming.

Ciro Immobile [Lazio]

One more game one more brace, copying last week’s work the Italian striker worked hard and opened the scoring on seven minutes when he won and converted a penalty. Not long after he blasted the ball over the bar while he headed home his second just before half-time. Irreplaceable.

Roberto Inglese [Chievo]

A top performance that saw him always ready to show for his team mates and while his pace saw him score the first of his brace of goals he converted a well taken penalty for his second. Innovative.

Special Mentions: Duvan Zapata [Sampdoria], Luca Torreira [Sampdoria], Daniele Rugani [Juventus], Gianluigi Buffon [Juventus], Marco Benassi [Fiorentina], Tomas Strakosha [Lazio] Karol Linetty [Sampdoria]