Serie A Team Of The Week: Round 21

Goal.com looks at the best performing players from the twenty-first round of the Serie A calendar. Inter’s impressive derby victory sees them take five of the best 11 spots...
BEST XI

Formation:  4-3-1-2

Goalkeeper


Julio Cesar (Inter):
A virtual spectator in the first-half, but amazingly kept a clean sheet for Inter even though they were in numerical inferiority. The shot stopper robbed Clarence Seedorf, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, as well as Ronaldinho from the spot.

Defence

Maicon (Inter):
Rampaging down the right before Wesley Sneijder's sending off, Maicon was a true menace, but more importantly he also kept compatriot Ronaldinho in check and was always available as an option for his team-mates on both sides on the pitch.

Simon Kjaer (Palermo): It is no wonder the young Dane has so many suitors. He absolutely shut down Alberto Gilardino and also denied Adrian Mutu with his ability to anticipate. Truly exemplifies the saying “an old head on young shoulders.”

Walter Samuel (Inter): Another South American that rose to the occasion. ‘The Wall’ lived up to his nickname, taming the Milan attack whenever it came his way with strong challenges and timely clearances.

John Arne Riise (Roma): A clear ‘man of the match’ in Turin. Doing his defensive duties admirably, he also came forward on many occasions putting in a vintage Riise performance. Gianluigi Buffon had no choice but to earn a red card as last man against the Norwegian, just minutes before he scored the winning goal with his head. Simply decisive.

Midfield

Christian Maggio (Napoli):
What a goal ala Van Basten! The Italian hooked a one-timer volley over the goalkeeper with great technique from 15 yards. The strike alone is worth a place in our team of the week, but his work down the right flank is enormous as well. Is Italy coach Marcello Lippi watching?

Javier Zanetti (Inter): The captain took his team by the scruff of the neck and his work in the middle cannot go unrewarded. Safe in possession, energised on the defensive, the veteran was seemingly perfectly positioned the entire match at the San Siro.

Cristian Llama (Catania): Drove defender Hernan Dellafiore crazy with his runs forward and footwork, the Etnei winger was always in the action and put in some menacing corners, one of them converted into a goal, as his team easily dispensed of Parma 3-0.

Attack

Goran Pandev (Inter):
The Macedonian has immediately settled in with the Nerazzurri and along with Diego Milito is proving to be absolutely deadly on the counter attack. His play against Milan was always fruitful and after being denied by post, he scored a freekick to put Inter 2-0 up. 

Abel Hernandez (Palermo):  The teenager will not soon forget this day. Filling in for the suspended Edinson Cavani, he proved too much for the Viola, scoring two predatory goals. A future star in Serie A? Bet on it!

Diego Milito (Inter):
Clinical and industrious. The Argentine made no mistake when being presented with the chance to score in the tenth minute and also held up the ball well and took on the Milan defence many times with success, despite being outnumbered. The focal point of the Nerazzurri attack deserves many plaudits for his display in the Derby della Madonnina.

Julio Cesar


Maicon – Kjaer – Samuel – Riise

Maggio – Zanetti – Llama

Pandev

Hernandez - Milito

Honourable Mention
Nicolas Spolli (Catania)
Mohamed Sissoko (Juventus)
Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus)
Francesco Totti (Roma)
David Pizarro (Roma)
Andrea Raggi (Bologna)
Henry Gimenez (Bologna)
Rodrigo Palacio (Genoa)
Hernan Crespo (Genoa)
Guglielmo Stendardo (Lazio)
Mauro Zarate (Lazio)
Michele Pazienza (Napoli)
Sebastien Frey (Fiorentina)
Salvatore Sirigu (Palermo)
Mattia Cassani (Palermo)
Franco Semioli (Sampdoria)
Esteban Cambiasso (Inter)