Serie A Worst Team Of The Week: Round 26: Buffon & Cassano Fail To Shine

Goal.com looks at the players who performed poorly in round 26 of Serie A...
Despite no real marquee clashes in Serie A this past weekend between any of the big guns, there was plenty of excitement across the board.

Goal.com took stock of all the important fixtures, which saw Genoa go from 3-0 down to winning 4-3 against Roma with two clear offensive stars in the second half, a moment of magic give league leaders Milan a mich-needed victory to alleviate the pressure, and a resurgent Inter narrowly edge Cagliari with a goal from an unlikely source.

Over the weekend, high-flying Napoli and Lazio also kept alive their ambitions with crucial wins, while relegation-threatened Lecce pulled off a shock victory over Juventus, ending the Bianconeri's miniature spell of positive form in the early Sunday match.

Who were the failures of the show in Round 26 of Serie A? Goal.com chose a 4-3-3 formation to best suit the players who failed to make a significant difference at the weekend.


Formation: 4-3-3


Goalkeeper - Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus)

Player Rating: 4 (v Lecce)
WTOTW Apps
: 1

Forced to come off his line in the second minute to clear for his side but the second time he had to do so, the 'keeper handled outside the box and was sent off.


Right back - Massimo Oddo (Milan)

Player Rating: 5 (v Chievo)
WTOTW Apps: 1

Milan's faithful will hope this was his last performance in a Rossoneri shirt. Nowhere to be seen as Gelson Fernandes headed in the equaliser and looked very rusty on the flank. A game to forget for the ex-Lazio man.


Centre-back - Andrea Barzagli (Juventus)

Player Rating: 4 (v Lecce)
WTOTW Apps: 1

Failed to keep tabs on Di Michele's run for Buffon's sending-off. Out of position for the first goal and marking was a shambles for the second. A dreadful afternoon for Juve and an abysmal one for the defender.


Centre-back - Bostjan Cesar (Chievo)

Player Rating: 4 (v Milan)
WTOTW Apps: 1

Sent off for a stupid handball in a reckless move. Despite some signs of stability, he gave too much time to Milan's attackers, including to Robinho for the opener.


Left back - Santiago Garcia (Palermo)

Player Rating: 4 (v Bologna)
WTOTW Apps: 1

Garcia played his first game in Serie A for Palermo, but he didn't last as he got sent off for a double booking.


Right-midfield - Javier Pastore (Palermo)

Player Rating: 5 (v Bologna)
WTOTW Apps: 5

Pastore had showed spark during the first 25 minutes, but then his game fizzled out. The usual special touch, but it was not enough as he disappointed once again.


Centre-midfield - Alessandro Gazzi (Bari)

WTOTW Apps: 1

Gazzi failed to provide the cover in midfield. Never really involved in the play and struggled badly against a determined Lazio.


Left-midfield - Stefano Guberti (Sampdoria)

WTOTW Apps: 3

The Italian midfielder was nowhere to be seen for Sampdoria as he struggled to impose himself on the game. He failed to provide ammunition for Maccarone ahead of him.


Right-forward - Massimo Maccarone (Sampdoria)

WTOTW Apps: 3

Maccarone was all on his own for Sampdoria. He has continued to struggle since his arrival from Palermo. Not his game at all and was not involved in the play.


Centre-forward - Antonio Floro Flores (Genoa)

WTOTW Apps: 1

Unlike his team-mate Alberto Paloschi, who inspired Genoa, Floro Flores was poor against Roma. Missed a sitter, and wasted three great chances which could have meant a bigger winning margin.


Left-forward - Antonio Cassano (Milan)

Player Rating: 5 (v Chievo)

WTOTW Apps: 3

'Peter Pan' was probably in Neverland today, but surely not on the pitch. He was predictable, slow and Chievo's physical approach was not to his taste either. Replaced by Pato in the 65th minute.

There you have it. Disagree with our selection? Let us know who you would have snapped up in your esteemed line-up. As ever, we're open to your suggestions and musings.

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Did what so few defenders have managed to this season and dealt with Nani's two pronged approach of cutting inside or taking the ball down the channel with relative ease. The Cameroonian never really looked threatened at White Hart Lane, delivering a fine performance.
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