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Serie A Team Of The Week: Round 16

BEST XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Goalkeeper


Ferdinando Coppola (Atalanta):
Solid throughout 90 minutes against Inter.  However, the veteran shot stopper’s best highlight was when he salvaged a point for his side in the relegation race with a reaction save on Thiago Motta in injury time.

Defence

Gennaro Sardo (Chievo): He only played 34 minutes in Verona, but his headed goal brought down Fiorentina and he was a nuisance down the right. The ex-Catania man also contained Juan Vargas during his time on the pitch, no easy task.

Leonardo Bonucci (Bari): The player has been linked with Juventus over the past few months and his display against them shows why. A brilliant showing in the centre of defence against the Bianconeri, severely limiting their attack.

Cesare Bovo (Palermo):
Milan have been an attacking juggernaut of late, that is, until they came against Palermo duo Bovo and Simon Kjaer. The Italian completely marked Marco Borriello out of the match and helped his team to a 2-0 win.

Aleksandar Kolarov (Lazio):
The full-back scored a priceless goal, muscling his way through the Genoa backline, giving Lazio their first win in Serie A in 14 matches. Hopefully it is a turning point for the struggling Bianconcelesti.

Midfield

Mark Bresciano (Palermo): It is not easy to outdo the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Massimo Ambrosini, and Clarence Seedorf at the San Siro, but the Australian international managed it with a well-taken finish under the crossbar and an assist for Fabrizio Miccoli.

Sergio Almiron (Bari): Discarded by Juventus, the midfielder took revenge on his former team-mates with a spectacular finish to kill off the match as a contest and also dictated the play in midfield for the Galletti.

Blerim Dzemaili (Parma):
The Swiss playmaker confirmed his good period of form as he aided Parma in a comeback win against Bologna. A real force in the midfield alongside Daniele Galloppa for a Parma side now in fourth place!


Swiss Army Knife | He cut through the defence

Attack

Fabrizio Miccoli (Palermo): The ‘pocket-bomber’ was in devastating form on Sunday, as he tormented the Rossoneri all evening long – scoring the first and setting up the second - a truly exciting player in Serie A.


Milan-Killer Miccoli | The striker was on song

Barreto (Bari):
Had the better of World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro all evening long at the San Nicola, making the ex-Real Madrid defender look like an amateur on more than one occasion. He also successful dispatched a penalty, slaying his demons after already missing two from the spot this season.

Joaquin Larrivey (Cagliari):  The 25-year-old has been considered an unequivocal flop since joining the Island outfit in 2007, but on Saturday he was the best player on the field at the Stadio Sant’ Elia. Scored a goal and also did his defensive duty, clearing the ball off the line. His entrance onto the pitch was the turning point for the Rossoblu as they were down 2-0, but eventually earned a 3-3 draw.

Coppola

Sardo - Bonucci - Bovo - Kolarov

Bresciano - Almiron - Dzemaili

Miccoli - Barreto - Larrivey

Honourable Mention
Michele Pazienza (Napoli)
Alessandro Matri (Cagliari)
Diego Milito (Inter)
Simone Tiribocchi (Atalanta)
Riccardo Montolivo (Fiorentina )
Giampiero Pinzi (Chievo)
Guglielmo Stendardo (Lazio)
Salvatore Sirigu (Palermo)
Simon Kjaer (Palermo)
Emiliano Viviano (Bologna)
Daniele Galloppa (Parma)
Nicola Amoruso (Parma)
Massimo Maccarone (Siena)

Adam Scime, Goal.com