Serie A Team Of The Week: Round 10

Milan returned top of the Serie A table for the first time in four years in week 10 with a 1-0 win over high-flying Napoli. Juventus and Inter both kept up the heat with wins against Roma and Reggina, respectively, as a number of players continue to shine...
Serie A Team of the Week

Best XI

Formation 3-4-3

Goalkeeper

Samir Handanovic (Udinese)


The 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.

Defenders


Ivan Cordoba (Inter)

Cordoba 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 was superb.

Nicola Legrottaglie (Juventus)

The 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.

Midfielders

Thiago Motta (Genoa)


He 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 play.

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)

Foggia 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)

The 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.

Strikers

Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus)


Del 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)

The 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)

The 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.

Honourable Mentions

Fabiano Santacroce (Napoli)

Clarence Seedorf (Milan)

Gennaro Gattuso(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)