Week 6 came to a close with Fiorentina-Parma on Monday. Dave Taylor picks his ideal XI from the latest round of action.
Michael Agazzi [Cagliari]
The 29-year-old shot-stopper could not have done better in this game. After top-drawer saves from Yuto Nagatomo, Fredy Guarin and Ishak Belfodil, he sadly could do nothing about Mauro Icardi’s header. Miserly.
Giandomenico Mesto [Napoli]
Forever ready to make the quick break down the right, taking on and committing defenders, he saw more of the ball than anyone. Made several important tackles and showed his ability to play on either flank. Admirable.
Philippe Mexes [Milan]
Completely dominating in the air and never putting a foot wrong, under no circumstances did he back down from a challenge. Led the defence with intelligence and elegance, anticipating and resolving each and any problem. Nimble.
Mehdi Benatia [Roma]
Roma’s Moroccan international scored again and put the Bologna forwards firmly in their places throughout. His goal, when it came, could not be ignored as he waltzed past a couple of defenders before launching an unstoppable volley. Audacious.
Federico Balzaretti [Roma]
The 31-year-old has added a new dimension to his game and was always on the move. Almost scored early on and produced several dangerous crosses while stopping any Bologna incursions down his side of the pitch. Energetic.
Antonio Candreva [Lazio]
A real inspiration for Lazio and produced the assist for the first goal before scoring himself. Following a ball from Luis Cavanda he struck a lovely left-footer from outside the box which flew into the bottom right corner of the net. Aerodynamic.
Radja Nainggolan [Cagliari]
They shall not pass was the Belgian’s motto and he stopped Inter’s attackers in their tracks, literally at times. After the Nerazzurri went ahead he equalised with a deflection to help earn a hard fought for point. Authoritative.
Jaroslav Plasil [Catania]
The 31-year-old former Bordeaux midfielder has shown that he has the necessary qualities to be a success in Serie A. Scoring superbly after 20 minutes he inspired the Elefanti to their first win of the season. Illusive.
The Ivory Coast striker was really motoring, scoring twice and testing the Bologna defence unmercifully. His first came after a fantastic piece of dribbling while neither the rain nor the visiting defenders could stop him screwing home Roma’s fourth. Amazing.
German Denis [Atalanta]
The Oribici’s main man was everywhere, scoring twice against his old side with only a fabulous Ivan Kelava save stopping him recording a hat-trick. He opened the scoring with a diving header before his angled drive won the game. Analytical.
Goran Pandev [Napoli]
Napoli’s Macedonian was deadly and scored his first two goals of the season with his two shots on target. His first a left-footer into the right hand corner, his second an angled drive following great work with Lorenzo Insigne. Aptitude.
Special mentions: Alessandro Florenzi [Roma], Paul Pogba [Juventus], Mauro Icardi [Inter] Rafael [Verona], Lucas Castro [Catania], Simone Zaza [Sassuolo], Ezequiel Schelotto [Sassuolo], Yuto Nagatomo [Inter], Francesco Totti [Roma], Miralem Pjanic [Roma], Gonzalo Rodriguez [Fiorentina].
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