Friday September 23 2011
Serie A: Team of the Week

Samir Handanovic [Udinese]

Helped win the point with several world-class saves including stops from Cassano and Nocerino. When his outstanding skills weren't enough, his luck and the post came to the rescue, but could do nothing about the goal. Massive.

Mehdi Benatia [Udinese]

The classy Moroccan defender continually frustrated any movement from Cassano and Aquilani with urbane ease. Also set up several attacks and almost scored himself late on with a powerful header. Marshalling.

Maurizio Domizzi [Udinese]

Dominated in the air and shackled Cassano plus anyone else who dared try to beat the Bianconeri's offside trap. His robust approach made sure he came off best in any physical challenges. Menacing.

Thiago Silva [Milan]

Marshalled his defence imperiously and kept the Udinese forward line quiet, especially the normally boisterous Di Natale. Blended seamlessly with Nesta and the pair between them shepherded any danger away with the minimum of fuss. Matchless.

Giuseppe Gemiti [Novara]

The mechanics of mere spending power were never more significant than when comparing these two sides. The left back typified the work ethic of his whole team, while the visitors left more carelessly drawn blood on the managerial floor. Masterful.

Marco Rigoni [Novara]

The 31-year-old midfielder scored twice in a superb all round performance. His first from a well-taken penalty, his second saw him perfectly placed to slot home a rebound past Julio Cesar from six yards out. Magnificent.

Cristobal Jorquera [Genoa]

The Chilean ace playing just behind the front two was at the centre of all that was good with Genoa's play. Has already formed a great partnership with Palacio and had a hand in both his goals. Majestic.

Juan Zuniga [Napoli]

Had to work double hard due to Fideleff's culpability, but still managed to get down the line to put in several dangerous crosses. Kept tight control of Bradley while his close marking forced Thereau into being subbed. Magisterial.

German Denis [Atalanta]

Like his team, the Tank has really hit form and scored in each half. His penalty Julio Sergio the wrong way, while he tucked away the second with a remarkable scissor kick. Monumental.

Rodrigo Palacio [Genoa]

Led the Grifone's charge superbly and scored twice by being well-placed to take advantage of slack goalkeeping, yet Andujar did deny him twice more with fantastic saves. He also made Constant's goal with a clever chip. Magical.

Riccardo Meggiorini [Novara]

The former Inter striker smacked home the opener after twice going close, one of them with a spectacular bicycle kick. A pain in the Inter communal backside throughout and could have scored again late on. Motivated.

Dave Taylor