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Serie A Worst Team Of The Week: Round 2

WORST XI

Formation:  4-3-1-2

Goalkeeper

Federico Marchetti (Cagliari):
The shot stopper was beaten three times by headers and looked shaky all match, betraying the form he has shown over the past year that resulted in call-ups to the Italian national team.

Defence

Marco Cassetti (Roma):
How the veteran started over Marco Motta no one is quite certain, but they are certain it was a mistake by coach Luciano Spalletti. He simply could not deal with Juventus’ attack and was beaten for pace by Vincenzo Iaquinta on more than one occasion.

Thiago Silva (Milan):
He claimed he was ready for Inter and that he would be able to ‘anticipate’ Samuel Eto’o, but clearly he was no match for the Nerazzurri attack all evening.

Aleksandar Lukovic (Udinese): The Udinese full-back was tormented by Antonio Cassano and Franco Semioli in Genoa. The 26-year-old was especially at fault for the opening goal, as he headed back into his own area, allowing Giampaolo Pazzini to pounce his mistake.

Marek Jankulovski (Milan): The Rossoneri fans must be thinking, ‘If only we had Aly Cissokho.’ The Czech veteran was pinned back by Maicon and failed in his duties both offensively and defensively.

Midfield

Gennaro Gattuso (Milan): Gave away a penalty and then got a red card just as he was about to be substituted. 'Rino' looks a shadow of the player he once was and left his team with an impossible task, even if they were already clearly second best at the San Siro. He had the captain’s armband, but did not lead by example.


Seeing Red | Rino was sent off in the first half

Andrea Pirlo (Milan): Where is the man who helped Milan to a Champions League trophy in 2007 and Italy to a World Cup title in 2006? This cannot be the same person! Sloppy in possession and overwhelmed, he looked content to simply pass the ball side-to-side when all was said and done.

Taddei (Roma):
The Brazilian was removed after 45 minutes for good reason, not a threat going forward and also slacked off on his defensive duties. He needs to be more concentrated during the match.

Attack

Ronaldinho (Milan): From out top team to our flop team, Ronaldinho showed none of the exuberance and vision he did against Siena in the previous match. Inter kept him in a check a little too easily for Milan fans’ tastes.


Top To Flop | 'Dinho should turn that thumb around

Robert Acquafresca (Atalanta):
It’s not a good start at the Bergamo outfit for Acquafresca, who has made it into the worst XI twice already. The fault for Atalanta having yet to score in 180 minutes can be placed on his shoulders. Hopefully, three times a charm and he won't be here when Serie A action resumes.

Francesco Tavano (Livorno):
With Alessandro Diamanti off to West Ham United, 'Ciccio' has more responsibility to spark the attack, but on Sunday he was not up to the task and was constantly marked out of the match as his side fell to a 3-1 loss in Naples.

Marchetti
Cassetti - Silva - Lukovic - Jankulovski
Gattuso - Pirlo - Taddei
Ronaldinho
Acquafresca - Tavano

Adam Scime, Goal.com