Serie A Team of the Week
Samir Handanovic (Udinese)
Friulani shot-stopper was outstanding during his side's 2-2 draw with
Genoa. He made a number of stunning saves from a rampant Genoa side
and, in particular, from Diego Milito's feet. His goalkeeping resembled
Gianluigi Buffon's. A great showing and he was always in control as he
made save after save.
Ivan Cordoba (Inter)
was the Nerazzurri's unsung hero against Reggina. He popped up right at
the death to steal maximum points for his side with a well-taken goal.
He was also outstanding in defence as he cleared up the danger
countless times. Worked hard all night and he was clean and on time
with his challenges. His block on Francesco Cozza in the second half
Nicola Legrottaglie (Juventus)
Bianconeri stopper marshalled the back-line well against Roma and he
was first to every ball. He took care of Mirko Vucinic and had him all
wrapped up and shackled. His interventions on crosses and corners was
excellent too. A good display overall by the Italian.
Simon Kjaer (Palermo)
Kjaer was excellent in the 3-0 win over Chievo Verona. He coped
extremely well in the middle of the defence and he caused trouble on a
number of occasions when going up for corners. He also won a penalty
and scored the Rosanero's second with a great left-foot strike. A
superb and confident showing from the youngster.
Thiago Motta (Genoa)
was the midfield maestro for his team and led the charge against
Udinese. He kept the rhythm going with some sublime passing and his
link-up play was second to none. Motta kept things
ticking over and he also made some great challenges to break up the
Marco Marchionni (Juventus)
The former Parma
midfielder was great against Roma and his goal was even better. The way
he cut in and controlled Alessandro Del Piero's through-ball before
finishing off the move by lobbing Doni in goal was world-class. His
first touch was Ronaldinho-esque and he kept bursting his lungs up and
down the field as he helped up front and at the back. He definitely
deserves his place in the team based on this performance.
Paquale Foggia (Lazio)
was Lazio's super-sub against Catania. He came on with less than 20
minutes to go and you could see his intentions. If anyone was going to
win the game it was Foggia, and he did so in style. A brilliant
left-foot strike which left Bizzarri with no chance as he won the game
and sunk the Sicilians.
Patrick Vieira (Inter)
French midfielder was back to his best against Reggina. He showed the
form he used to enjoy with Arsenal when they were invincible and he
powered through like an unstoppable juggernaut to fire his side to a
two-goal lead. His break up play in the middle was top-notch and his
challenges were to perfection.
Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus)
Piero began slowly but he exploded into action as the game wore on. His
free-kicks were masterpieces as they found their targets like guided
missiles, on one occasion Giorgio Chiellini's head. The other did the
damage as he hit the top corner with stunning accuracy. A David Beckham
eat your heart out strike as he left Doni with no chance at all. He
also set up Marchionni's goal with a perfectly weighted pass.
Diego Milito (Genoa)
Argentine was, again, on top of his game against Udinese. He scored a
brilliant goal and was influential all afternoon. He should have stolen
the points at the death but only Handanovic kept him out with a
miraculous save. Overall a great game as he continues to do the
business for the high-flying Grifoni.
Robert Acquafresca (Cagliari)
Italian under-21 international scored a stunning brace in the 5-1 win
over Bologna. His goals helped lead the fight back after going a goal
down to Marco Di Vaio's early strike. Cagliari have now moved even
further away from the relegation zone. Acquafresca was sublime and he
worked hard all game and never gave up his hunt for scoring even when
his side were well ahead.
Fabiano Santacroce (Napoli)
Clarence Seedorf (Milan)
Ricardo Quaresma (Inter)
Ezequiel Lavezzi (Napoli)
Sebastian Frey (Fiorentina)
Massimo Maccarone (Siena)
Luca Castellazzi (Sampdoria)
Claudio Bellucci (Sampdoria)
Antonio Cassano (Sampdoria)
Francesco Cozza (Reggina)
Franco Brienza (Reggina)