Sunday April 8 2012
Serie A Team of Week 31

After a day of unexpected results including the top team losing and relegation candidates thrashing Roma, Dave Taylor picks his best XI.

Artur Boruc [Fiorentina]

Drove Milan up the pole with his all-round anticipation. Little chance with the penalty but stopped strong efforts from Maxi Lopez and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Showed his bravery when leaving his line to capture several dangerous crosses. Incontestable.

Javier Zanetti [Inter]

As always intelligent and untiring. Carried his defensive colleagues for much of the match, especially when stopping Joaquin Larrivey, and blocked several dangerous crosses while also putting in a few of his own across the opposition's box. Admirable.

Leonardo Bonucci [Juventus]

Like losing your way at Amen Corner before grabbing a hole in one across the water on the twelfth, the defender celebrated his headed goal as if he had just won the Augusta Open. Certainly above the cut. Green-jacketable.

Mobido Diakitè [Lazio]
Like a policeman trying to direct traffic round the Colosseum, Edinson Cavani had an impossible job trying to bypass the Frenchman. Was almost unbeatable at the back and stopped the danger before it became a problem. Abradable.

Nenad Tomovic [Lecce]

Made Erik Lamela and Fernando Gago look distinctly under par, putting both of them several strokes off the pace with his dog-leg positioning. Also added a good balance to the home defence with his clever running and deft tackling. Insurmountable.

Stefano Mauri [Lazio]

A top performance by a player who never took his foot off the accelerator, yet always remained aware of his team-mates. Scored an Easter cracker with a brilliant overhead kick, worthy of old Long John himself. Inexorable.

Kwadwo Asamoah [Udinese]

Put the pressure on the other Champions League chasers by opening and closing the match with two important goals. As the midfield's mainspring, he also made several important interceptions as the Ducali looked to come back. Formidable.

Andrea Pirlo [Juventus]

Pirlo time again. When isn't it? Picked out team-mates with unequalled precision and purpose. His forays from deep are mind bogglingly magical and he must be on first name terms with the ball. In passing, also set up Bonucci. Incommensurable.

Manuel Pasqual [Fiorentina]

Ran the left flank and continuously kept the hosts' defence on the back foot. Like the attempt to ban Dante's Divine Comedy, their counter attack never really got going, thanks to the north-easterner's awareness. Uncontrollable.

Stevan Jovetic [Fiorentina]

Alerted the hosts to his menace with two strong attempts on goal early on before his clever run ended with an angled drive past Christian Abbiati. Worried the 'keeper several more times, then came his beautiful assist for Amauri. Indefatigable.

David Di Michele [Lecce]

With the old wolf heading the pack, the Salentini lupi went for the visiting troupe's throat with ferocious belief and helped it's leader score twice. His first thanks to Guillermo Giacomazzi's superb assist, his second a well-taken penalty. Indomitable.

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