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Serie A Team of the Week: Osvaldo treble takes the honours

Serie A Team of the Week: Osvaldo treble takes the honours

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Goal.com hands out the awards to the star men of the past few days in Italy

The Serie A weekend may well have been marred by a cruel injury to Inter captain Javier Zanetti, but there were plenty of positives to be taken from some excellent performances too and many of those are recognised in the latest Goal.com Team of the Week.

Despite his team losing their mainstay, Inter keeper Samir Handanovic superbly kept Palermo at bay after the early goal from Josip Ilicic which eventually decided the game.

In defence, Udinese's Mehdi Benatia ensured the Friulani continued their excellent recent run with a commanding display at the back, while Giorgio Chiellini was again immaculate for Juventus in their derby win over Torino. Santiago Garcia made up for the own goal which gave Inter a narrow win when Palermo travelled to San Siro with a tireless display in the return as the Rosanero climbed out of the bottom three.

There were a huge number of high-performing attacking players this week, not least Adem Ljajic, whose performance was a great catalyst for Fiorentina as they tore Sampdoria apart away from home. Blerim Dzemaili's recent run of superb form continued in Napoli's win at Pescara, while Paul Pogba turned in another great effort in the Turin derby. Arevalo Rios was on top form too, making our Team of the Week for the first time in Palermo's crucial 1-0 success against Inter.

The Sicilians have so often turned to Fabrizio Miccoli for big performances over the years and he delivered another when it mattered on Sunday, while Roma were also thankful for the displays of two of their front men. Erik Lamela struck once in the Giallorossi's comfortable win over Siena at the Olimpico, but it was Pablo Daniel Osvaldo who did the real damage, netting a superb hat-trick.

HANDANOVIC
INTER
 vs Palermo (A)
Rating:
TOTW Apps: 5

BENATIA CHIELLINI GARCIA
UDINESE JUVENTUS PALERMO
 vs Cagliari (A)
vs Torino (A) vs Inter (H)
Rating: Rating: Rating:
TOTW Apps: 3
TOTW Apps: 4
TOTW Apps: 3

LJAJIC DZEMAILI RIOS POGBA
FIORENTINA NAPOLI PALERMO JUVENTUS
 vs Sampdoria (A)  vs Pescara (A)  vs Inter (H)  vs Torino (A)
Rating: Rating: Rating: Rating:
TOTW Apps: 3
TOTW Apps: 3
TOTW Apps: 4
TOTW Apps: 5

MICCOLI
OSVALDO LAMELA
PALERMO ROMA ROMA
 vs Inter (H) vs Siena (H) vs Siena (H)
Rating: Rating: Rating:
TOTW Apps: 2
TOTW Apps: 2
TOTW Apps: 4

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