Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Italian Serie A Team of the Week : Gameweek 4

Editorial | Italian Serie A Team of the Week |

Nikola Ravaglia (Cesena)
Ravaglia was the sole reason why Cesena lost to AC Milan by a 1-0 scoreline in the midweek fixture. Except for Clarence Seedorf's top-corner shot, Ravaglia pulled off several point blank saves to keep his side in the game.

Daniele Conti (Cagliari)
Conti continued his side's strong start to the season by stopping Di Natale from scoring in his fourth consecutive match, earning the Sardian club a point against Udinese. Conti also put on show his heading ability with a late goal midweek against Palermo.

Alessandro Gamberini (Fiorentina)
The veteran Fiorentina defender was instrumental in keeping clean sheets in both of the club's matches over the week. Steady and commanding, the newly-appointed captain managed to tame the Napoli trio of Ezequiel Lavezzi, Marek Hamsik and Edinson Cavani that has caused so many sides problems.

Nicolas Spolli (Catania)
Excellent marking and quick closing down from the 29-year-old kept Juventus' front line quiet, earning a 1-1 draw for his side. If their goalkeeper Mariano Andujar hadn't made a catatrophic error, Catania would have collected all three points - thanks largely to Spolli's sterling efforts.

Thiago Silva (AC Milan)
Finally a defensive performance to justify all the hype that branded him as one of the world's leading defenders. Silva easily kept Antonio Di Natale quiet in the midweek clash against Udinese and helped his side to a clean sheet against Cesena.

Daniele De Rossi (Roma)
De Rossi was pushed forward in the midweek draw against Siena and was ineffective but shone when he returned to the defensive role against Parma, spraying the ball about and dictating play with ease.

Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)
Yet again retained his spot in the team of the weak with an imperious performance against Bologna on Wednesday, sweeping the ball and finding his teammates with ease, leading to Catania setting two midfielders to hound him in Saturday's match.

Takayuki Morimoto (Novara)
The surprise package in the match against Inter Milan, given that all eyes were on compatriot Yuto Nagatomo. Playing right behind the strikers, Morimoto impressed with the little flick-ons and dangerous runs. One could say Morimoto caused Gian Piero Gasperini's downfall.

Rodrigo Palacio (Genoa)
Can Palacio stop scoring? As of now, he can't. Two goals midweek in the Catania win and one more against Chievo over the weekend put him on top of the goalscoring charts. Inventive, strong yet mobile, Palacio is the perfect foil in Genoa's 3-4-3 system. It will be surprising if nobody shows interest in him when the transfer window opens.

Pablo Osvaldo (Roma)
He scored both of Roma's goals over the past week, one a poacher's tap-in against Siena and the second a precise header that gifted his side their first win of the season against Parma. Osvaldo looked comfortable leading the Roma attack and will probably continue doing so with his form.

Giampaolo Pazzini (Inter Milan)
Pazzini was the catalyst for Inter Milan's first victory of the season with a goal against Bologna. He drew defenders away while playing Diego Milito into dangerous positions. Pazzini struck to open the scoring and earned his side the penalty by finding Milito free with a clever through pass.

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