With Juventus, Roma and Lazio back to winning ways it was a return to normality in week 33 as Dave Taylor selects his top XI.
Diego Lopez [Milan]
Called into early action and continued to be the last man standing until the whistle. Could do nothing about the goals and pulled of several crucial blocks including a marvellous late double save to save further embarrassment. All-embracing.
Alessandro Florenzi [Roma]
Playing in a more defensive role he looked made for the position and set up the opener after six minutes with a perfect centre. Scored a magnificent second himself foiling defenders before a right footer from a tight angle. Comprehensive.
Bostjan Cesar [Chievo]
Made sure nothing got past him and closed down any potentially dangerous movements from the visitors, whose all-too-obvious attacking efforts proved to be as predictable as a Cagliari Coach not lasting a season. Commanding.
Nicolas Burdisso [Genoa]
Leading a solid back line he was soon on the ball negating any problems from Milan. Whether defending balls into the area or making clearances, he won his battles in the air and on the ground throughout with relative ease. Comfortable.
Antonio Candreva [Lazio]
The man of the match scored the opener and produced an assist. His stylish, elegant performance was probably akin to a potentially “irresistible public striptease,” by Parma fan and model, Rosy Maggiulli to help her team. Compelling.
Andrea Bertolacci [Genoa]
Created panic immediately with a terrific thunderbolt, that was only narrowly blocked by Lopez. Had several more attempts before running 60 yards, riding a tackle then slipping the ball past the ‘keeper with a finish as certain as the sacking of Pippo Inzaghi. Quicksilver.
His sheer desire and powerful running kept Inter occupied throughout, despite him losing two teammates. Made the clever pass that put Antonio Di Natale in for his 205th goal leaving defenders as effective as timeshare salesmen in east Baghdad. Influential.
Marco Parolo [Lazio]
Scoring against his former colleagues, the 30-year-old’s long distance drive was as aggressive and accurate as a crow attacking Lazio’s eagle. Continually caused problems and left the visitors as unhappy as Lazio President Lotito over Carpi’s promotion. Hawkish.
The Brazilian’s pace and intelligence caused all sorts of trouble for Udinese in middle of the park. He also had several strong efforts on target blocked, while two thunderbolts whizzed just over the bar. Determined.
Iago Falque [Genoa]
The sparkling Spaniard had several showstoppers to savour including a lovely pass for Tino Costa’s goal and his well-taken penalty. Left the Milan defence like Serie A chairmen trying to agree on the Ultra problem, utterly confused. Tormenting.
Carlos Tevez [Juventus]
With two goals from two shots on target, the athletic Apache again showed his potent percentages. His first a looping header while his second saw him beat one defender before mercilessly foiling the ‘keeper in a one-on-one. Lung-busting.
Special Mentions: M’Baye Niang [Genoa], Mauricio Pinilla [Atalanta], Federico Llorente [Juventus], Riccardo Saponara [Empoli], Massimo Maccarone [Empoli], Manuel Pucciarelli [Empoli], Miralem Pjanic [Roma].
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