Serie A Team Of The Week: Round 4

Goal.com looks at the best performing players from the fourth round of the Serie A calendar, with Roma having the most representatives after a dominant showing over Fiorentina...
BEST XI

Formation:  4-3-1-2

Goalkeeper

Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus): It is official now: Gianluigi Buffon is well and truly over the injury he suffered last season. The shot-stopper is making the kind of nearly impossible saves that saw Italy win the 2006 World Cup. Against Livorno, he was like a wall covering the net.

Defence


Cristian Zaccardo (Parma):
He’s gone from the Worst Team of the Week in round three, to the best in round four! Timely in defence, he also gave his side the win with a header against his old team, Palermo.

Nicolas Burdisso (Roma):
Surplus to requirements at Inter, the defender has found a new home at Roma. At the Stadio Olimpico he was a pillar at the back alongside Juan, making Fiorentina’s attack non-existent.

Alessandro Nesta (Milan): In all honesty, Nesta had little to do at the San Siro, but everything he did was with confidence and a certain swagger. The veteran is among the best in the world when he’s healthy, and he showed it on Sunday.


Points Banked | Nesta gives strikers no change

Salvatore Lanna (Bologna):
That the Rossoblu held out for 75 minutes against Milan is largely thanks to the left-back. The Rossoneri dominated all aspects of the game, but all of their success came on the opposite side of the pitch because Lanna was a rock at the back.

Midfield

Clarence Seedorf (Milan):
The Rossoneri have opted to use the Dutchman in the playmaker role, and it has paid dividends. After two assists against Marseille, he scored the winning goal against Bologna and has been a definite improvement over Ronaldinho. Incisive, creative, and most importantly, effective.

Daniele De Rossi (Roma): Protecting the defence with aplomb and anchoring the midfield, he also performed a spectacular header from the edge of the area to close off the match against Fiorentina by the end of the first-half.

Claudio Marchisio (Juventus): Scored the Bianconeri’s second goal with a delicate touch, chipping the ball as it was running away from him on the ground. It was a stunning strike to cap an accomplished performance in midfield. On this type of form he will be going to South Africa without a doubt.


Touched By An Angel | It was a heavenly finish

Attack

Francesco Totti (Roma): The architect of the Giallorossi’s fantastic 3-1 win over Fiorentina, ‘Er Pupone’ fired in a penalty for the first, smashed home the second and wonderfully assisted the third. A threat all match long and on this type of form, he is unplayable.

Antonio Cassano (Sampdoria): How long can Marcello Lippi ignore this man? It must be some kind of dare! The Italian did not score, but he was integral to Sampdoria’s 4-1 success over Siena, dictating every attack.


Thrill Seeker | Antonio is always exciting to watch

Diego Milito (Inter): The Argentine was the main reason Inter came away with three points from the Stadio Sant’Elia. Taking advantage of an error in the defence to score the first, his second was sublime - he made an excellent run and flicked the ball over the onrushing ‘keeper. ‘Il Principe’ is truly royalty when it comes to finishing.

Buffon

Zaccardo - Burdisso - Nesta - Lanna

Seedorf - De Rossi - Marchisio

Totti

Cassano - Milito



Honourable Mention

Edgar Alvarez (Bari)
Barreto (Bari)
Jeda (Cagliari)
Takayuki Morimoto (Catania)
Jorge Martinez (Catania)
Mauro Camoranesi (Juventus)
Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus)
Stefano Sorrentino (Chievo)
Mario Yepes (Chievo)
Erjon Bogdani (Chievo)
Andrea Pirlo (Milan)
Daniele Galloppa (Parma)
Jonathan Biabiany  (Parma)
Fabrizio Miccoli (Palermo)
Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria)
Marco Padalino (Sampdoria)
Giampaolo Pazzini (Sampdoria)
Juan (Roma)
John Arne Riise (Roma)
Rodrigo Taddei (Roma)
Simone Perrotta (Roma)

Adam Scime, Goal.com