The best performers in the latest round of Italian league action are recognised by Goal in our all-star XI
With games coming thick and fast in the Serie A season’s final throes, the star performances are being delivered in huge numbers too. The Goal Team of the Week for Round 33 includes players having a big say on the destiny of the title but also those who spent their midweek trying to save their club from relegation.
Milan will have no dramatic run-in, but a 3-1 home defeat to Genoa was still damaging to their hopes of ending the season on a high and keeping Filippo Inzaghi in employment. But the scoreline could have been a whole lot worse had it not been for Diego Lopez‘s performance. From the first minute, he was having to bail out his side and the rare distinction of a beaten goalkeeper making the Team of the Week says much about the Rossoneri’s plight.
In defence, Alessandro Florenzi continued his excellent run of form by leading Roma to a 3-0 win at Sassuolo which keeps them in the race for second place, while Frederik Sorensen was superb at the back for Verona against Sampdoria, making a wonderful stop from Luis Muriel in the process. Nicolas Burdissowas the leader of a solid Genoa back-line which made light work of Milan, while Lorenzo De Silvestri was a constant threat for Sampdoria in the 1-1 against Verona and almost netted a winner.
Empoli’s 4-2 win against Napoli on Thursday came thanks in part to an excellent display in midfield fromRiccardo Saponara, and Marco Parolo was similarly influential in the other four-goal performance of the round as Lazio relegated Parma. Perparim Hetemaj was the other stand-out midfielder of the midweek, turning in a gladiatorial effort as Chievo beat Cagliari.
Antonio Candreva continues to be one of Lazio’s key men, and he was a crucial outlet once more as Lazio convincingly saw off Parma. Mauricio Pinilla was a hero at the other end of the table, netting twice to earn Atalanta a point at Cesena and maintain a distance between the Orobici and the drop zone. But the last word once more goes to Carlos Tevez, with his two goals against Fiorentina pushing Juventus to within just a point of a fourth successive Scudetto.
CREDIT : GOAL.COM