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Serie A Team Of The Week: Round 15

BEST XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper

Julio Sergio (Roma): His save on Stefano Mauri shows why he is now the Roma No. 1, usurping Doni. After Mauro Zarate slammed an effort off the post, the rebound fell to Mauri for what seemed like a certain goal, but the 31-year-old displayed great reflexes to palm away the effort as his team went on to win the city derby.

Defence

Martin Caceres (Juventus): A surprise positive in the Derby d’Italia that coach Ciro Ferrara will be pleased with. The Uruguayan provided support going forward and also aided Fabio Cannavaro and company defensively in an accomplished performance.

Simon Kjaer (Palermo):
The talented Dane was a tower at the back, and also in attack, as he scored the winning goal against Cagliari to help the Rosanero return to winning ways.

Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus):
The player always seems to rise to the occasion when playing against the Nerazzurri. His showing was not perfect, but he made several key challenges on Diego Milito, Dejan Stankovic, and Samuel Eto’o throughout the match.

Marco Cassetti (Roma):
Although he was deployed on the right, we just couldn’t leave him out of our Best XI because of his winner in the Derby della Capitale. The full-back came on in for the injured Philippe Mexes and gave the Giallorossi another option to build the attack, eventually combining with Mirko Vucinic for an historic finish to seal a win against Lazio.

Midfield

Clarence Seedorf (Milan): 
The veteran Dutchman redeemed himself by jumping from the our Worst XI  last week into our Best XI. He slammed his finish into the top corner, leaving goalkeeper Luca Castellazzi with no chance and was a threat all match, combining nicely with the strikers.

Andrea Pirlo (Milan):
This is the player the fans want to see. Safe in possession, genius in his passing, and able to dictate the play from midfield, he is arguably the best playmaker in Serie A on his day.

Claudio Marchisio (Juventus):
His fantastic goal was the winner over league-leaders Inter, reopening the title race. The young Italian is making a name for himself and his superb control and finish is hopefully a glimpse of what he will deliver in the future for club and country.


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Attack

Fabio Quagliarella (Napoli):
Until Sunday, the former Udinese player has not been a factor for the Partenopei this season, but he came alive to score twice, including a late winner, and assist Cristian Maggio’s header. He received well-earned acclaim from his coach after the match.


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Sergio Pellissier (Chievo): A nightmare for the Livorno defence as they just could not seem to catch the long-time Chievo Servant! He was involved in both of the Flying Donkey’s goals and has proven himself capable once again.

Ronaldinho (Milan): He was only on the field for half an hour, but arguably did more than anyone else during the entirety of the match. The Brazilian expertly assisted two goals and could have set up more with better finishing from the Rossoneri. The question for Milan is can he keep it up?

Julio Sergio

Caceres – Kajer – Chiellini – Cassetti

Seedorf – Pirlo – Marchisio

Quagliarella – Pellissier - Ronaldinho


Honourable Mention
Luca Antonini (Milan)
Marco Borriello (Milan)
Alexandre Pato (Milan)
Alessandro Nesta (Milan)
Thiago Silva (Milan)
Mohamed Sissoko (Juventus)
Esteban Cambiasso (Inter)
Adailton (Bologna)
Juan Vargas (Fiorentina)
Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina)
Rodrigo Palacio (Genoa)
Jonathan Biabiany (Parma)
Antonio Mirante (Parma)
Cristian Maggio (Napoli)
Barreto (Bari)
Igor Budan (Palermo)
Alessandro Matri (Cagliari)
Massimo Maccarone (Siena)
Fernando Muslera (Lazio)

Adam Scime, Goal.com