After the top four faced off this weekend Roma moved to within a point of Juventus, Dave Taylor selects his best XI from Week 15.
Sergio Romero [Sampdoria]
Always alert to any danger he won a point for the visitors with numerous excellent saves including attempts from Carlos Tevez, Alvaro Morata and Claudio Marchisio. Continued to defy in the second half and arguably Samp’s man of the match. Commanding.
Andrea Ranocchia [Inter]
The brain has two parts. One processes numbers and analyses data, the other is the creative side where we visualise situations. Last night the Italian used both, defending well then scoring from a corner firing the ball home from 12 yards. Clever.
Nikola Maksimovic [Torino]
The 23-year-old Serbian was a wall in the Toro defence and used his physical presence to deny the Empoli attack. Clearances, tackles and interceptions he was deadly with them all and helped to keep a clean sheet away from home. Controlling.
Philippe Mexes [Milan]
A bustling presence in defence and always looked totally confident on the ball and made himself as big as a nuclear reactor radiating his authority over any threat from Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain and consequently Napoli’s entire attacking threat. Dominating.
Lazaros Christodoulopoulos [Verona]
A goal and assist for the Greek ace who never stopped running. First setting up Luca Toni’s equalizer, then a few minutes later following a great run, by-passing several defenders, he screamed the ball home between the ‘keeper’s legs. Lively.
Enzo Maresca [Palermo]
Looking like a calcio version of David Blaine he was magic in the Palermo midfield, alert, and active with an authority that allowed him to freeze Sassuolo’s midfield, while causing more consternation than a breast-feeder in Claridges. Captivating.
Borja Valero [Fiorentina]
The Spaniard showed his full range of technique and passing and opened the scoring with a powerful right-footer into the corner of the net. Always working hard off the ball his tactical nous helped Fiorentina score four goals. Elegant.
Giacomo Bonaventura [Milan]
Helped open the scoring with a superb ball for Jeremy Menez’s goal before scoring with a simple header by being in the right pace at the right time. Always looking to create something and fooled Napoli with his all-round positioning. Relentless.
Radja Nainggolan [Roma]
Like Paddington bear looking for a marmalade sandwich he was unstoppable, winning a penalty that was saved and forced a terrific save from the ‘keeper again. However, he made up for it scoring with a sensational and sublime scissor kick. Persistent.
Manolo Gabbiadini [Sampdoria]
Came on after half-time scoring with his first attempt, a curved ball that rocketed into the bottom far corner. Leading and driving defenders down dead-end roads of deception he would have scored again if not for Gianluigi Buffon’s electrifying save. Stimulating.
Jeremy Menez [Milan]
Although Napoli made him look like Messi at times the French striker looked more like Dracula after a visit to the blood bank, bursting with energy and sucking in defenders allowing him the space to score a superb opener. Vigorous.
Special Mentions: Stefano Mauri [Lazio], Paul Dybala [Palermo], Felix Anderson [Lazio], Gianluigi Buffon Juventus], Eder [Sampdoria], Luca Toni [Verona], Diego Lopez [Milan].