Tuesday January 14 2014
Serie A Team of Week 19

As we reach the halfway point of the season Dave Taylor picks his best XI of Week 19 after a fantastic four day feast of fabulous football. 

Antonio Mirante [Parma]

Made several award winning saves as well as two stunners from Cristiano Piccini and a screaming Paulinho free-kick. However, he saved his best when seemingly flying across the goal to finger-tip an Emerson effort out from under the bar. Awesome.

Christian Maggio [Napoli]

The king of the wing played like the Maggio of yesteryear. Stopped any action down his side, and intelligently stepped up when the time was right while also setting up Lorenzo Insigne’s first goal with a perfect cross. Responsive.  

Leonardo Bonucci [Juventus]

The perfect defender, never gave an inch nor asked for one. Right at the top of his game for this match and kept Cagliari strikers Marco Sau and Mauricio Pinilla under control for the most part. Tremendous.

Dodo [Roma]

The young Brazilian cannot be tied down. Forever bursting forward and although not overly worked in defence, his runs down the left flank caused real problems for the visitors, while he was always an outlet for his teammates. Aware.

Stephan Lichtsteiner [Juventus]

Man of the match and with his sheer energy along the right flank he put in some very dangerous crosses. He also set up both of Federico Llorente’s goals. Saved the best for last with Juve’s fourth after his alertness exploited the ‘keeper’s mistake.  Powerful.

Alessandro Florenzi [Roma]

Top man and scored the weekend’s most audacious goal with a splendid overhead, right-footed bicycle kick, with the dumbfounded ‘keeper perhaps wondering what flew past him. Also set up Maicon’s goal with a sublime cross. Significant.

Dries Mertens [Napoli]

The Belgian opened the scoring from the edge of the box by brilliantly fooling one defender before squeezing an unstoppable ball between two others. For the rest he was sheer electricity with his dribbles, touches, shots, tackles and killer passes. Influential.

Lorenzo Insigne [Napoli]

Only for 20 minutes but changed the game. First he scored within five minutes of coming on before hammering in a shot that Rafael could only parry out to Blerim Dzemaili who snapped on it to score Napoli’s third. Important.

Domenico Berardi [Sassuolo]

Man of the match? No! Man of the weekend. The Superhuman 19-year-old absolutely tore Milan apart with four cracking goals in just over 30 minutes. His sheer agility, variation, confidence and imagination were there for all to see. Historic.

Fernando Llorente [Juventus]

Another smooth performance as he scored two well taken-goals. The firsta beautifully cushioned header into the top right hand corner, the second saw him in the right place at the right time to tap the ball home. Forceful.

Francesco Totti [Roma]

Genoa are no mugs but Er Pupone smashed them anyway. Inspiringly he had a massive 90 touches, a few sensational dribbles and a massive hand in Florenzi’s goal before his own thunder-strike took a deflection past the ‘keeper. Integral.

Special mentions: Alessandro Diamanti [Bologna], Kevin Strootman [Roma], Maicon [Roma],Lorenzo Insigne [Napoli], Jasmin Kurtic [Sassuolo], Eder [Sampdoria] Giacomo Bonaventura [Atalanta].

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