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Serie A Team Of The Week: Round 15

BEST XI

Formation: 3-1-3-3


Goalkeeper


Salvatore Sirigu (Palermo, Castrol Ranking 433):
The Rosanero survived Napoli's onsalught for 94 minutes before Cristian Maggio poked in the dramatic winner to nullify his efforts. He made a miraculous save on Lavezzi in the second half and denied the Partenopei on at least four occasions. The Italian international didn't deserve to be on the losing side.

Defence


Andrea Ranocchia (Genoa
, Castrol Ranking 1033): Made one error in the first half with a slack backpass going unpunished, but more than made up for it with a secure display that belied his young age from that point onwards. As a bonus, he headed in the second goal against Lecce.

Philippe Mexes (Roma, Castrol Ranking 968): Claudio Ranieri's men may have blown a two-goal lead, but that can't be blamed on the Frenchman, who was solid at the back on a disgusting Verona pitch. He even saved his side from defeat with an influential goal-line clearance at the end.

Michele Camporese (Fiorentina
, Castrol Ranking N/A): The 18-year-old has impressed since being thrown into the deep end due to injuries for the Viola. With another bright performance against Cagliari, he looks to be becoming a regular member of the Viola team and Italy Under-21 side. One to keep an eye on.

Midfield

Stefano Guberti (Sampdoria, Castrol Ranking 979): The winger has often failed to live up to expectations for the Blucerchiati, but looked more like the missing link they crave without Antonio Cassano in a 3-0 success over Bari. The Roma reject scored twice, his first an absolute stunner as he dribbled into the area and curled the ball into the top corner. Also showed some class by not celebrating against his former team. Just edges out Napoli's Maggio.

Hernanes (Lazio, Castrol Ranking 1312): The man nicknamed 'The Prophet' continues to bring fortune to the Biancocelesti, he dictated the match against Inter with strong play in midfield and then finished them off in injury time with a powerful strike for a free-kick. One of the best buys of the season in Italy.



Cristian Brocchi (Lazio
, Castrol Ranking 352): While Hernanes added the style, Brocchi added the steel. The 34-year-old was the most energetic man on the field and alongside Matuzalem easily won the battle in the centre of the pitch, getting the better of players like Esteban Cambiasso, Wesley Sneijder and Thiago Motta at the Stadio Olimpico.

Fabio Simplicio (Roma
, Castrol Ranking 1277): Without Francesco Totti or Jeremy Menez in the starting XI against the Flying Donkeys, the Brazilian took his side by the scruff of the neck, bursting forward from midfield and scoring twice. He has shown he is capable of playing a key role for Roma this season.

Attack


Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Milan, Castrol Ranking 20): The Swedish sensation continues to haul the Rossoneri forward at the top of the standings. His movement in attack is crucial, as seen by his assist on the opener and then a brilliant goal to make it 3-0, taking on the defender and unleashing an unstoppable drive into the top of the net.

Hernan Crespo (Parma
, Castrol Ranking 1110): Lately, the well-traveled Argentine has been turning back the years for the Gialloblou. Against Udinese he bagged an important brace, first from the penalty spot and then his second from one of his trademark headers. His predatory instincts in front of goal continue to thrive.



Fabio Quagliarella (Juventus, Castrol Ranking 141): Robbed of a hat-trick by the linesman, but his superb brace was still enough. The former Udinese and Sampdoria star burst into life after Catania levelled the match and continues to add an explosive element and be a match winner for the Bianconeri.

Sirigu

Ranocchia - Mexes - Camporese

Brocchi

Guberti - Hernanes - Simplicio

Ibrahimovic - Crespo - Quagliarella



Honourable Mention
Mauro Zarate (Lazio)
Kevin-Prince Boateng (Milan)
Robinho (Milan)
Thiago Silva (Milan)
Kevin Constant (Chievo)
Marco Di Vaio (Bologna)
Riccardo Meggiorini (Bologna)
Miguel Britos (Bologna)
Michael Agazzi (Cagliari)
Adrian Mutu (Fiorentina)
Artur Boruc (Fiorentina)
Luca Toni (Genoa)
Angelo (Parma)
Antonio Candreva (Parma)
Antonio Di Natale (Udinese)
Giampaolo Pazzini (Sampdoria)
Jean-Francois Gillet (Bari)
Vincenzo Iaquinta (Juventus)
Christian Maggio (Napoli)
Edinson Cavani (Napoli)
Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli)

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