Monday October 24 2011
Serie A: Team of Week 8

Maarten Stekelenburg [Roma]

Palermo could play eight days a week against the Flying Dutchman and still not score. Deflections, blocks and scintillating saves, he made them all, including stopping super efforts from Zahavi twice, Hernandez and Miccoli. Formidable.

Maicon [Inter]

The Brazilian was back to his very best controlling and guarding the right flank like an athletic Cyclops with four sets of eyes. Smothered the troublesome Hetemaj and was the long-awaited revolution in the Nerazzurri defence. Forceful.

Claudio Terzi [Siena]

Magnificent at the back and came down like Maxwell's silver hammer on any danger through the middle. He never gave an inch until he received a yellow card, but his intelligent positioning easily overcame that millstone. Fearsome.

Pablo Armero [Udinese]

There was something in the way he moved that simply baffled Novara. Apart from almost scoring with one long-range effort and his superb defensive work, he also set up Di Natale's first with awesome skill. Feisty.

Gennaro Delvecchio [Catania]

Carried the weight in midfield and battled for every ball while pushing and prompting throughout. His intelligent runs and crosses were rewarded when he was the first to his own rebound to slot home the equaliser. Fearless.

Andrea Pirlo [Juventus]

Difficult to find new superlatives for the former Milan hero, but absolutely sublime comes somewhere near it. Had a big hand in the first and his ticket to ride dummy allowed Matri to score again. Futuristic.

Kevin Prince Boateng [Milan]

With a little help from his friends, the Ghanaian completely turned the game around as a second half substitute. Started brilliantly and got even better, devastating Lecce with a fabulous hat-trick within 18 minutes. Fascinating.

Alexander Merkel [Genoa]

Was here, there and everywhere and it was his fabulous pin-point cross from the left that saw Rossi head home the equaliser. Always involved in the action and twice hit the woodwork. Fantastic.

Maximiliano Moralez [Atalanta]

Led the Parma defenders on a magical mystery tour and scored twice. His first from a close range punt, while his second came from a panther-like pounce on a rebound from six yards out. Fluid.

Alessandro Matri [Juventus]

The former Cagliari striker made Genoa's central defenders Dainelli and Moretti look like nowhere men. Could perhaps have scored another two either side of his well-taken brace but for some excellent 'keeping from Frey. Fabulous.

Stevan Jovetic [Fiorentina]

Getting better all the time and hit the opener with a fabulous right-footer from outside the area. Continually caused problems and restored the Viola's advantage by banging in a murderous curler from 15 yards out. Flawless.

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