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Serie A Team Of The Week: Round 13

BEST XI

Formation: 4-3-2-1


Goalkeeper


Nelson Dida (Milan):
When Milan were on the back foot for a long spell of the first-half, the Brazilian was once again there to save their graces against Cagliari strikers Jeda and Alessandro Matri. Everyone knows he is capable of howlers, but his recent performances have begun to rebuild his reputation.

Defence


Martin Caceres (Juventus):
  The Uruguayan is proving to be the best option for Juventus at right-back. He was rarely beaten by any of the Udinese players and was confident in possession, providing the assist for Fabio Grosso.

Mario Yepes (Chievo):
The veteran Colombian centre-back is a true warrior, fighting for every ball with clean and well-timed challenges. A valiant effort in trying to contain Antonio Cassano and Giampaolo Pazzini, but his team-mates were not up to his level at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

Giulio Migliaccio (Palermo):
He dealt with the Catania onslaught without losing composure in the Sicilian derby and also got onto the end of a Fabrizio Miccoli cross for the Rosanero’s only goal of the match. A great match alongside Simon Kjaer.

Fabio Grosso (Juventus):
Until now, he hadn't really excelled for his new club like he does for his country but the left-back covered a lot of ground and contributed in both defence and attack, scoring the winner in the second-half for a key three points - an excellent day to find the net, since the Bianconeri were impotent in attack.

Midfield

Antonio Candreva  (Livorno):
The new Italian international showed exactly why Marcello Lippi called him up. He made a brilliant run to assist Cristiano Lucarelli for the opener and was a constant threat. The tricky playmaker is edging closer to a berth at the World Cup in South Africa.


Can-Do Attitude | Candreva was always involved

Esteban Cambiasso (Inter):
Quantity and quality from the midfielder, who stopped a number of Bologna’s forays forward and also scored a well-taken goal after combining with Diego Milito. The Argentine will be hoping for a repeat display against Barcelona on Tuesday.

Andrea Lazzari (Cagliari):
Is his name Lazzari or Lazarus? One could make the mistake as he looked reborn against Milan. The 24-year-old was everywhere on the pitch with Xavi-like assists and a well-taken strike that temporarily gave the Isolani the lead.

Attack


Francesco Totti (Roma): Against Bari, he was the embodiment of the term ‘Comeback King.’ The captain returned from injury and scored a fantastic hat-trick, also giving Roma the creativity and cutting edge they have sorely been missing.

Ronaldinho (Milan):
Arguably the former Barcelona star’s best match this season. A full ninety minutes of ingenuity and creativity. His one-touch assist for Pato was sublime and his penalty was dispatched with confidence. He is thriving in Leonardo’s system and enjoying his football again.

Alberto Gilardino (Fiorentina): Unfortunate to be on the losing side. The Italian international bagged a brace with two seriously impressive angled headers against his former team and would have had a hat-trick if not for the efforts of Parma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante.


Using His Head | 'Gila' was an aerial threat

Dida

Caceres – Yepes – Migliaccio – Grosso

Candreva  - Cambiasso – Lazzari

Totti – Ronaldinho

Gilardino

Honourable Mention
Marcelo Zalayeta (Bologna)
Diego Milito (Inter)
Davide Lanzafame (Parma)
Antonio Mirante (Parma)
Nico Pulzetti (Livorno)
Cristiano Lucarelli (Livorno)
Alexandre Pato (Milan)
Marco Borriello (Milan)
Alessandro Matri (Cagliari)
Jorge Martinez (Catania)
Julio Sergio (Roma)
Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria)
Antonio Cassano (Sampdoria),
Simone Tiribocchi (Atalanta)
Andrea Consigli (Atalanta)
Mohamed Sissoko (Juventus)
Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
Samir Handanovic (Udinese)

Adam Scime, Goal.com