Monday December 23 2013
Serie A Team of Week 17

After a thrilling weekend when a poker of clubs scored a poker of goals, Dave Taylor picks his best XI from round 17.

Mattia Perin [Genoa]

Helped keep the score down with several stunning saves, including three from Davide Moscardelli, one which was a murderous volley. He also pulled off a blinder when saving from Panagiotis Kone’s volley but could do nothing about Alessandro Diamanti’s screamer. Eye-catching.

Alessandro Lucarelli [Parma]

The best player on the pitch and never give an inch, winning all his aerial challenges and inspiring the whole team. Also grabbed the vital equaliser after heading home from a delicious cross from Raffaele Palladino. Motivating.

Thomas Heurtaux [Udinese]

Like a new-wave house-husband from Pietrasanta, the Frenchman tidied up perfectly at the back and scored his fourth goal of the season, stealing in to slot home a rebound from close range. Organised.

Mehdi Benatia [Roma]

The Moroccan was an absolute giant at the back limiting Catania by anticipating every move and closing it down immediately. He also found time and energy to get up front and score two perfect goals. Supreme.

Alessio Cerci [Torino]

Man of the Match with two assists and a goal as everything went through him. His intelligent use of the ball and persistent running gave Chievo real headaches as they could do nothing to contain him. Relentless.

Radja Nainggolan [Cagliari]

The Belgian international showed just why he will be a popular target in January with his determination and powerful efforts on goal. He also controlled the midfield making several powerful tackles. Influential.

Alessandro Diamanti [Bologna]

Bologna are rapidly becoming Diamanti dependant as he scored the winner with a perfectly placed shot and was totally integral to all aspects of the attacking play. Essential.

Kwadwo Asamoah [Juventus]

Certainly knows his way to the box and made countless runs into the area. Such was the distress he caused both his opposite numbers were subbed while at the same time he never ignored his defensive duties. Important.

Luca Toni [Verona]

The veteran striker showed he still has all his faculties as he bagged a brilliant brace and fought for every ball that came his way. He capped a superb performance when cleverly assisting Romulo after distracting several defenders. Sparkling.

Ciro Immobile [Torino]

Caused problems from the off before equalising from a superb ball from Cerci. Twenty minutes later he won the ball then curled a powerful right-footer from outside the box into the bottom corner. Significant.

Fernando Llorente [Juventus]

The Spaniard was always menacing with his constant movement. It was his perfect pass that set up Paul Pogba to slot home before he scored himself with a diagonal shot into the bottom right of the net. Threatening.