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Serie A Team Of The Week: Round 24

BEST XI

Formation:  3-4-2-1

Goalkeeper


Julio Sergio (Roma):
Yet another fantastic display from the Brazilian, who has edged Doni from the line-up. His saves against Mark Bresciano and Edinson Cavani were seemingly miraculous and his excellent form is a contributor to the Giallorossi’s rising stock at the moment.

Defence

Guglielmo Stendardo (Lazio): The veteran was a rock at the back in Edy Reja’s first match in charge and chipped in with a crucial goal as well to help the struggling Biancocelesti.

Daniele Gastaldello (Sampdoria): The ex-Siena centre-back did not put a foot wrong all evening against Alberto Gilardino and company, Fiorentina could not find a way past his excellent positioning and challenges.

Hugo Campagnaro (Napoli): Did extremely well to limit Diego Milito on several occasions and bailed out some of his team-mates against league-leaders Inter. The safety he provided at the back allowed the southern Italians to go forward with confidence.

Midfield

Marco Rossi (Genoa): Wearing the captain’s armband, the 31-year-old was a real threat driving forward from midfield as illustrated by his two goals and a further shot that came back off the post in Turin. It’s a day he won’t soon forget.

Matteo Brighi (Roma):
Taking the place of Simone Perrotta, the midfielder showed he can be just as effective, if not more so. Two goals and an assist underlined his impressive work rate. Perhaps Mr. Lippi should give him an international recall.



Cristian Ledesma (Lazio):
After being excluded from the line-up for so long, the South American did not miss a beat! He proved to be the missing link for Lazio and could well be their saviour this season, dictating the play against Parma with aplomb.

Andrea Cossu (Cagliari): The Italian playmaker received a deserved standing ovation from the Stadio Sant’ Elia patrons as he exited the field after a dominant display against Bari. Playing behind the strikers he was a true menace and also found the back of the net for the insurance goal.

Attack


Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus):
The veteran was anonymous in the first half, but turned back the years in the second period to score a brace. He combined brilliantly with Diego for his first, before dispatching the ball confidently from the spot as we've expected over the years. Did you ever have any doubt he would be the one to get the club back to winning ways?

Ronaldinho (Milan): Snubbed by Brazil coach Carlos Dunga and given a warning by vice-president Adriano Galliani, ‘Dinho showed he is not finished yet with a virtuoso performance in the first half and was involved in all three of the Rossoneri’s goals against Udinese. His pass for Pato was a delight to witness.

Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Milan): Has a giant awoken? The Dutchman showed why he was so highly rated with Ajax with two predatory goals and made a strong claim to start in the showdown with Manchester United on Tuesday evening.



Julio Sergio

Stendardo - Gastaldello - Campagnaro

Rossi - Brighi - Ledesma - Cossu

Del Piero - Ronaldinho

Huntelaar

Honourable Mentions
Antonio Di Natale (Udinese)
Alexandre Pato (Milan)
Thiago Silva (Milan)
Marco Motta (Roma)
Daniele De Rossi (Roma)
David Pizarro (Roma)
John Arne Riise (Roma)
Giampolo Pazzini (Sampdoria)
Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria)
Alessandro Matri (Cagliari)
Giuseppe Mascara (Catania)
Jaime Valdes (Atalanta)
Simone Vergassola (Siena)
Marco Di Vaio (Bologna)
Marek Hamsik(Napoli)
Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli)
Julio Cesar (Inter)
Diego Milito (Inter)

BEST XI
Formation:  3-4-2-1

Goalkeeper

Julio Sergio (Roma): Yet another fantastic display from the Brazilian, who has edged Doni from the line-up. His saves against Marco Bresciano and Edinson Cavani were seemingly miraculous and his excellent form is a contributor to Giallorossi’s rising stock at the moment.

Defence

Guglielmo Stendardo (Lazio): The veteran was a rock at the back in Edy Reja’s first match in charge and chipped in with a crucial goal as well to help the struggling Biancocelesti.

Daniele Gastaldello (Sampdoria): The ex-Siena centre-back did not put a foot wrong all evening against Alberto Gilardino and company, Fiorentina could not find a way past his excellent positioning and challenges.

Hugo Campagnaro (Napoli): Did extremely well to limit Diego Milito on several occasions and bailed out some of his team-mates against league-leaders Inter. The safety he provided at the back allowed the southern Italians to go forward with confidence.

Midfield

Marco Rossi (Genoa): Wearing the captain’s armband, the 31-year-old was a real threat driving forward from midfield as illustrated by his two goals and shot they came back off the post in Turin. It’s a day he won’t soon forget.

Matteo Brighi (Roma): Taking the place of Simone Perrotta, the midfielder showed he can be just as effective, if not more so. Two goals and an assist underlined his impressive work rate. Perhaps Mr. Lippi should give him an international recall.

Cristian Ledesma (Lazio): After being excluded from the line-up for so long, the South American did not miss a beat! He proved to be the missing link for Lazio and could well be their saviour this season,  dictated the play against Parma with aplomb.

Andrea Cossu (Cagliari): The Italian playmaker earned a deserved standing ovation from the Stadio Sant’ Elia patrons as he exited the field for a dominant display against Bari. Playing behind the strikers he was a true menace and also found the back of the net for the insurance goal.

 

Attack

Alessandro Del Piero (Juventus): The veteran was anonymous in the first-half, but turned back the years in the second period to score a brace. He combined brilliantly with Diego for his first, before dispatching the ball confidently from the spot as we’ve expected over the years. Did you ever have any doubt he would be the one to get the club back to winning ways?

Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Milan): Has a giant awoken? The Dutchman showed why he was so highly-rated with Ajax with two predatory goals and made a strong claim to start in the showdown with Manchester United on Tuesday evening.

Ronaldinho (Milan): Snubbed by Brazil coach Carlos Dunga and given a warning by vice-president Adriano Galliani, ‘Dinho showed he is not finished yet with a virtuoso performance in the first-half and was involved in all three of the Rossoneri’s goals against Udinese. His one-time pass for Pato was a delight to witness.

 

Honourable Mention

Antonio Di Natale (Udinese)

Alexandre Pato (Milan)

Thiago Silva (Milan)

Marco Motta (Roma)

Daniele De Rossi (Roma)

David Pizarro (Roma)

John Arne Riise (Roma)

Giampolo Pazzini (Sampdoria)

Angelo Palombo (Sampdoria)

Alessandro Matri (Cagliari)

Giuseppe Mascara (Catania)

Jaime Valdes (Atalanta)

Simone Vergassola (Siena)

Marco Di Vaio (Bologna)

Marek Hamsik(Napoli)  7
Morgan De Sanctis (Napoli)

Julio Cesar (Inter)

Diego Milito (Inter)

Adam Scime, Goal.com