Monday January 9 2012
Serie A Team of Week 17

Dave Taylor plays some fantasy football as he picks a best XI based on the latest round of Serie A games.

Sebastien Frey [Genoa]

Perhaps could have saved Ibarbo's goal, but faultless for the other two. Made some stunning interceptions to keep the score down, including finger tip saves from Cossu and Larrivey while bravely throwing himself at Ibarbo's feet for another block. Commanding.

Dusan Basta [Udinese]

A sensational performance and never allowed Cesena a look down the right. Had the confidence to move upfield and was rewarded with one of the goals of the day, a dipping 40-yard bullet without almost any back-lift. Dazzling.

Thiago Silva [Milan]

If anyone else wins the defender of the year award it will be a fallacy. Ultra cool and super elegant, he led the back line like the true professional he is and never once put a foot wrong. Dominant.

Andrea Esposito [Lecce]

The on loan Genoa defender had the making of Pepe and won almost everything in the air. Also attacked down the left and made sure the visitors had to work very hard for their narrow victory. Determined.

Mariano de Almeida Angelo [Siena]

The Brazilian midfielder played a lot deeper than usual, but helped keep Klose on a short lead with his solid defending and precise tackling. Decisive

Ricky Alvarez [Inter]

Stroked the ball round perfectly, repaying Ranieri's faith better than the merchandise of silver. It was his awesome cross that set up Milito's first and everything good about Inter went through him. Passed Parma's defenders with elegant ease.  Proverbial.

Andrea Cossu [Cagliari]

The bandiera won a penalty and set up Ibarbo's goal on a superb counter-attack. Tested the Genoa defenders throughout and had several strong shots on target. Inspired his teammates with his absolute quality with every touch. Splendid.

Walter Gargano [Napoli]

An ultra solid performance by the Uruguayan and it was his dashing run to the touch-line to pull back for Pandev's first goal, which was an almost carbon copy of an earlier attempt that Benussi saved. Integral.

Mattia Destro [Siena]

The U-21 star scored twice, as well as having a highly skilful goal from an even better build up disallowed. His first saw him bury the ball into the far corner, while his second came via a wonderful header. Defining.

Diego Milito [Inter]

Why does the sun come up? Or a blue moon sink? Who knows? What we do know is that 'The Prince' was a King with two majestic goals and regal assists. Immortal.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic [Milan]

Ran the game throughout with his imperious Eric Cantona-like grace and intelligence. Slammed an unstoppable penalty, then with clever control got to the line to cross the perfect ball for Boateng to knock home. Influential.