Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Italian Serie A Team of the Week: Gameweek 5

Editorial | Italian Serie A Team of the Week |

Stefano Sorrentino (Chievo)

Salvaged a point for his side's insipid 0-0 draw against Cesena. He denied Adrian Mutu from close range and saved Antonio Candreva's powerful long shot, but not before saving Mutu's second half penalty with a diving save.

Massimo Oddo (Lecce)

At 35 years old, Oddo is considered to be in the twilight of his career but he continues to defy the stereotype as he led Lecce's attack with dangerous runs down the flank. Unlucky that his teammates failed to capitalise on his crosses and set pieces, but impressed despite Lecce's 2-0 defeat to Cagliari.

Paolo Cannavaro (Napoli)

Some desperate defending from Cannavaro in the first half before his side broke through in the 3-0 win over Inter Milan. Inter were overloading the Napoli half, but Cannavaro kept steady, putting in tackle after tackle to deny them, much to the Nerrazzuri's frustration.

Pablo Armero (Udinese)

Armero helped his side secure the 2-0 victory over Bologna with his bombing run that won the penalty which Antonio Di Natale converted. Performed admirably to cover his defensive duties while making his trademark runs from deep at the same time.

Daniele De Rossi (Roma)

Combative in defence yet inventive in the attack, De Rossi is thriving in his role as a defensive midfielder. The Italian international turned back the years in the 3-1 win over Atalanta, setting up Bojan Krkic's goal with a beautiful lobbed pass, and more importantly, dictated play and claimed the midfield as his own.

Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)

Vintage performance by the veteran midfielder in the 2-1 win against his former club. Played deep and controlled the play like a conductor conducting a world-class orchestra with ease. I'd daresay some members in the AC Milan squad wished he was still with the Rossoneri.

Claudio Marchisio (Juventus)

Two late goals against AC Milan warranted his inclusion in this Team of the Week. A brilliant one-two with Mirko Vucinic on a marauding run saw him put Juve ahead before his desperate-looking volley from far slipped past Chrisitan Abbiati to secure the win.

Walter Gargano (Napoli)

His bursting runs down the flank add another dimension to Napoli's already-potent attack. Inter couldn't contain him and one of his bombing run was the turning point of the match, resulting in Jon Obi's sending off, as well as the penalty that opened the scoring for Napoli.

Miroslav Klose (Lazio)

Klose does what he does best - score late goals. He headed Giuseppe Sculli's cross from deep seven minutes from time to give Lazio an unlikely 2-1 away win over Fiorentina.

Pablo Osvaldo (Roma)

Three goals in three matches for Osvaldo as he netted Roma's second against Atalanta. Not the classiest of goals - he pounced on some slack defending from a corner - but he was the constant thorn in Atalanta's defence.

Sebastian Giovinco (Parma)

One player who is currently in red-hot form. Two goals in Parma's 2-1 win over Chievo in the previous week, Giovinco added two more and set up one in the 3-1 win over an in-form Genoa. Once touted as a successor to the legendary Alessandro Del Piero, he now looks more than just a mere pretender.

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