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Serie A Team Of The Week: Round 31


Formation:  3-4-3


Sebastien Frey (Fiorentina): This position was a toss up between the Frenchman and Milan’s Nelson Dida. Frey wins out, because he did not have to move for 45 minutes before making three incredible stops, while Dida’s saves were exaggerated slightly, simply because no one expected him to make them anymore. Frey lived up to lofty expectations once again.


Stephan Lichtsteiner (Lazio): The Swiss right-back was competent in his defending, helping his side to a great derby win. He was positioned well and showed he was sharp enough to snuff out many Giallorossi attacks during the game.

Cesare Natali (Torino): Putting in a solid performance at the back, the former Udinese defender cleared a Paolucci effort off the line and also scored the winner with a brilliant volley that kept the Granata’s survivial hopes alive.

Manuel Pasqual (Fiorentina):
The defender has not been given many chances to shine this season, but he certainly did against Cagliari. He was astute in both his defensive and attacking roles down the left, putting in plenty of dangerous crosses and completed his afternoon by grabbing his first goal in four years!


Fabio Caserta (Lecce): His side may have incurred a 3-1 defeat, but the veteran midfielder had nothing to be sorry about for his performance. He was the sole driving force in his team’s attacks, creating everything going forward, desperately wanting to avoid relegation.

Thiago Motta (Genoa): He was an influential substitute last week, earning his place in the ‘Team of the Week’ and this time, he was impressive for the whole 90 minutes. The Grifoni's gamble to take aboard the injury-plagued former Barcelona man certain paid off. Two well-taken and important goals against Juventus, bringing his tally for the season up to six.

Clarence Seedorf (Milan):
Suffering from injury and poor form in the past couple of months, the Dutchman was again not at his best, but he wins a place in Team of the Week by volleying in the crucial winning goal.

Aleksandar Kolarov (Lazio): Mostly used as a left-back, but he was a constant threat down the wing for Lazio and ended Roma’s derby hopes with a shot from the edge of the area to give the Bianconelesti bragging rights in the Italian capital.


Antonio Cassano (Sampdoria): The Bari-born talent converted two spot kicks and showed all of his tricks as he has constantly done this campaign. A true match-winner. How long can Marcello Lippi keep him out of the Azzurri if he keeps playing like this?

Antonio Floro Flores (Udinese): What more can you ask from a striker. His persistence paid off as he needed two attempts on both of his goals to down Reggina in the final five minutes of the match.

Raffaele Palladino (Genoa):
Juventus will regret selling him to Genoa on this day. He was absolutely devastating with his dribbling all evening and put another nail into the coffin that is his former side’s Scudetto hopes: by scoring the winner in the 88th minute.


Lichtsteiner – Natali – Pasqual

Caserta – Thiago Motta – Seedorf – Kolarov

Cassano – Floro Flores – Palladino

Honourable Mentions

Houssine Kharja (Siena)
Emanuele Calaio (Siena)
Nelson Dida (Milan)
Mauro Zarate (Lazio)
Goran Pandev (Lazio)
Giampaolo Pazzini (Sampdoria)
Giandomenico Mesto (Genoa)
Samir Handanovic (Udinese)
Edinson Cavani (Palermo)
Fabrizio Miccoli (Palermo)
Mario Balotelli (Inter)
Manuele Blasi (Napoli)