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Napoli and Udinese continue to fly high in Serie A thanks to their South American heroes while Milan leapfrogged Inter in the standings as Gennaro Gattuso led the charge. Juventus also kept up the pace thanks to Pavel Nedved. Here is our selection for Serie A team of the week...

Serie A Team Of The Week

Best XI

Formation 4-3-3

Goalkeeper

Samir Handanovic (Udinese)


The Bianconeri shot-stopper was not too busy during the 2-0 win over Catania but he did make a flurry of outstanding saves in the second half. His stop on Paolucci's close range strike was world-class as he kept a good clean sheet.

Defenders

Ivan Cordoba (Inter)

The Nerazzurri didn't play too well against Fiorentina but the Colombian stopper was bang on the money as he kept Gianpaolo Pazzini and Pablo Osvaldo under the his thumb. He was excellent with his tackles and he hardly put a foot wrong. A great all round performance.

Fabiano Santacroce (Napoli)

Like that famous song by Ashanti, the stopper was always on time and he was neat and tidy at the back. Never looked under any pressure and dealt with all threats accordingly. A great showing by the Italian as he continues to shine alongside his team mates.

Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina)

The stopper was one of La Viola's best players on the night. He broke up the play and made himself useful down the wings. A solid game from the 26-year-old as he establishes himself as a Cesare Prandelli favourite. His interventions from crosses and corners were to perfection.

Dario Knezevic (Juventus)

The former Livorno man has taken plenty of stick from the critics this season but he came into the team and did a job well done. His last minute block on Marco Di Vaio was the cherry on the cake for Knezevic.

Midfielders

Gennaro Gattuso (Milan)


Gattuso was outstanding against Siena. He set up the opener for Filippo Inzaghi with a delightful throughball and he continue to hustle throughout the match. A typical fighting performance from Ringhio as he burst his lungs to get to every ball first. Super.

Pavel Nedved (Juventus)


The Czech veteran rolled back the years against Bologna with a battling display. He led by example and dragged his team to a well earned win. His first goal was special as he blasted his side ahead. A great performance by the Furia Ceca.

Marek Hamsik (Napoli)

The Slovakian is becoming a regular feature in our team of the week and that's because he gets better with every game. He was brilliant against Reggina. Everything came through his feet. He kept the ball rolling for Napoli and set up the first for German Denis. His link up play and understanding with Lavezzi was top-notch.

Strikers

Alexis Sanchez (Udinese)


The 19-year-old was superb against Catania. His first strike from 30 yards was awesome as he beat Bizzarri and almost ripped the net. He was always dangerous and he could have had more goals to his name but he was rather unlucky. A great showing nevertheless.

German Denis (Napoli)

The Partenopei hit-man is becoming a hero at San Paolo. He scored a stunning hat-trick to brush past Reggina. His finishing was deadly and his positional sense of being in the right place at the right time is excellent. He hadn't scored at home before this game and what a way to do it. He is the player who doesn't need a second chance when shooting. Milan beware.

Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli)


Once again, Lavezzi finds himself here. He was quick, skillful and powerful and his prowess on the ball brought back memories of a young Diego Maradona plying his trade in the port-city. He was outstanding against the Calabrians. He created everything, his passing was accurate and was a real nightmare for the opposition. The only thing missing was a goal but we can forgive him for that.

                                                                                Line Up

                                                                            Handanovic

                            Santacroce               Knezevic                  Cordoba                    Pasqual

                                              Hamsik                     Gattuso                  Nedved

                                                    Lavezzi                 Denis            Sanchez

Honourable Mention

Sebastian Frey (Fiorentina)

Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)

Kaka (Milan)

Alexandre Pato (Milan)

Simone Vergassola (Siena)

Fabio Quagliarella (Udinese)

Marco Di Vaio (Bologna)

Mauro Zarate (Lazio)

Sergio Pellissier (Chievo Verona)

Papastathopoulos (Genoa)

Thiago Motta (Genoa)

Nicola Amoruso (Torino)

Salvatore Landolina

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