Monday April 23 2012
Serie A Team of Week 34

Dave Taylor picks his fantasy best XI from the latest round of Serie A matches.

Samir Handanovic [Udinese]

As usual on top form and needed to be, denying strong efforts from Chievo's danger men Michael Bradley and Rinaldo Cruzado. Also as sharp as the talons of a fish eagle when saving Cyril Thereau's penalty.Unbeatable.

Christian Maggio [Napoli]

Back on the right and Napoli back on form – can't be a coincidence and it wasn't. The wing-back forced the pace down the flank, always an outlet and almost scored twice with dynamic headers, one which was cleared off the line. Logical.

Francesco Acerbi [Chievo]

Like a giant python the 24-year-old squeezed the life out of the Udinese forwards, especially in  the second half. Very much in command, he never put a foot or a headed defensive clearance wrong throughout. Acerbic.

Nicolo Cherubin [Bologna]

Looked like a veteran campaigner the way he dealt with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and never stopped running. Made his presence felt everywhere and none more than when he apparently saved an Ibra strike on the goal line. Mercuric.

Paolo De Ceglie [Juventus]

Totally controlled the left flank and while he spent a lot of time in the visitors half, he never forgot his defensive duties. Sent over several crosses, setting up two goals and played with a real zest. Dynamic.

Francesco Lodi [Catania]

Was always looking to do something different and the orchestrator of every good move. Set up several good chances and even went close himself to scoring with a couple of stunning free-kicks. Analytic.

Arturo Vidal [Juventus]

The Chilean was in top form as he scored a stunning brace inside the first eight minutes.  His first a glorious left-footed strike then four minutes later it was the same again but this time a right-footer. Mystical.

Blerim Dzemaili [Napoli]

Always made himself available and was the link between midfield and attack. Selflessly set up Edinson Cavani for the opener and also had several attempts himself, with only the outstretched foot of the Novara 'keeper stopping him scoring. Altruistic.  

Mirko Vucinic [Juventus]

Destroyed Roma by pulling defenders all over to give Arturo Vidal space for the first. Then assisted Vidal's second with a gorgeous through ball before playing a part in Andrea Pirlo's goal, then back-heeling the assist for the fourth. Unstoppable.

Edinson Cavani [Napoli]

Back in the scoring zone the Matador perhaps should have scored more but nonetheless worried Novara's defenders all match. Scored the first by simply being in the right place while set up Paolo Cannavaro's goal via his blockbuster rebound. Antagonistic.

Franco Brienza [Siena]

Could not have done much more with two great goals and an assist. His first, a terrific free-kick into the top corner, the second saw him control the ball before a devastating finish from 15 yards out.