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Goal.com picks the best performers from Italy's top flight as the goalkeeper pulled off a number of outstanding saves in the first-half and the AC Milan forward continues to excel

Serie A

Team Of The Week:

Round 29

Table/Results


GOALKEEPER

Gianluigi BUFFON
Juventus
TOTW Apps: 3

Juventus' Derby d'Italia win was not as easy as the 2-0 scoreline suggests as Inter created several chances in the first-half, but luckily for the hosts, Buffon was at his brilliant best and stopped goal-bound efforts from Diego Milito, Diego Forlan and Dejan Stankovic, earning his first appearance in our Best XI since December.
DEFENDERS

Francesco ACERBI
Chievo
TOTW Apps: 1


Mobido DIAKITE
Lazio
  TOTW Apps: 1


Philippe MEXES
AC Milan
  TOTW Apps: 1

Chievo continue to stay out of the relegation race and Acerbi has been one of the players that has grown in stature this season in Verona. In addition to his opening goal, he was near unbeatable at the back during the draw with Siena. Diakite was a surprise hero for Lazio, not only exceptional at the back helping them keep a clean sheet, but also scoring an 87th minute winner versus Cagliari to put the Biancocelesti ahead in the race for third place and the final Champions League qualifying spot.

Mexes haunted his former team Roma with a confident display at centre-back alongside Daniele Bonera. The Frenchman always looked comfortable and limited the impact of Fabio Borini and Pablo Daniel Osvaldo in the second-half.
MIDFIELDERS

Martin CACERES
Juventus
TOTW Apps: 1


Arturo VIDAL
Juventus
TOTW Apps: 3


Luca CIGARINI
Atalanta
TOTW Apps: 1


Juan VARGAS
Fiorentina
TOTW Apps: 1

Juventus' Caceres played both at right-back and in midfield, charging forward with real purpose on the flank and scoring yet another crucial goal when he popped up to convert Andrea Pirlo's corner with a free header. Meanwhile, his team-mate Vidal's tracking back in the centre of the pitch snuffed out several Inter attacks and the Chilean also set up Alessandro Del Piero's clinching goal with a sublime pass to cut through Inter's defence.

Atalanta handed Stefano Pioli's Bologna a rare loss and Cigarini's performance in midfield was a decisive factor, the former Parma man dictated the pace of the game in a Xavi-like display and also tested Jean-Francois Gillet from long range. Fiorentina's Vargas has been largely anonymous this season, but he was an influential presence on the wing as his angled drive was turned in by Riccardo Montolivo and he also put in several telling crosses for Amauri in the Viola's 2-2 draw with Genoa.
FORWARDS

Fabrizio MICCOLI
Palermo
TOTW Apps: 4


Zlatan IBRAHIMOVIC
AC Milan
TOTW Apps: 9


Goran PANDEV
Napoli
TOTW Apps: 1

Miccoli continues to be a consistent threat to Palermo's opponents, as he grabbed his 12th goal of the campaign with an accurate drive to beat Udinese goalkeeper Samir Handanovic. Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic remains the player who has featured most in our Serie A Teams of the Week, the Milan star dragged to a 2-1 triumph over Roma after being behind with his performance including an ingenius second goal when he flicked the ball over the goalkeeper before holding off centre-back Simon Kjaer and heading into the net.

Finally, the entrance of Pandev off the bench sparked Napoli's tie against Catania into life. The Macedonian ignited the Partenopei attack as they took a two goal lead, and he also hit the post, though a late defensive collapse meant his team could only muster a 2-2 draw.

Consigli

Manfredini - Legrottaglie - Heinze

Pinzi- Pirlo – Rigoni -Emanuelson

Vucinic – Pinilla - Cavani

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