We take a look at the first team of the week for the 2016/17 Serie A season.
Stefano Sorrentino, Chievo – The ex-Palermo keeper made his return to the club he came from in a strong and convincing fashion. He kept out several Inter attempts and managed to keep a clean sheet in the opener.
Fabrizio Cacciatore, Chievo – Back when Fabrizio played for Hellas, the other team in Verona he was a candidate to be called up to the Azzurri. Tonight he rolled back the clock and demonstrated why he could be one of the better fullbacks in the league.
Giorgio Chiellini, Juventus – King Kong just celebrated his 32nd birthday, but he has no intention on slowing down. An excellent performance against Fiorentina which merited a clean sheet. Managed the Tello and Bernardeschi onslaught to perfection.
Konstantinos Manolas, Roma – Didn’t put a foot wrong the whole match against Udinese, got the cleansheet and was subbed off early in order to rest up for the match on Tuesday against Porto.
Alex Ferrari, Crotone – Many top teams are following Alex and with good reason. This youngster possesses some excellent defensive traits and almost came away with an impressive cleansheet. An 86th minute goal ruined Crotone’s Serie A debut.
Leandro Paredes, Roma – Excellent performance and quickly making Miralem Pjanic a memory. Half the Premier League has expressed interest in him, and with performances like the one against Udinese, it’s clear to see why.
Dries Mertens, Napoli – Came on for Napoli in the second half when all seemed lost and proceeded to score two goals in two minutes. The Partenopei’s “12th man” would start for 90% of the other teams in Serie A. Excellent performance today.
Ahmad Benali, Pescara – He got Pescara fans at the Stadio Adriatico in a whirlwind when he scored the opener. Battled fiercely all night, and could make the difference this year for the Delfini if he maintains this level of play.
Diego Perotti, Roma – Another substitute hero this week in Serie A. He came on in the second half at a tied game and put away two penalties. His composure started a rout that finished 4-0 in his side’s favor.
Carlos Bacca, Milan – The tip of the sword for AC Milan against Torino. Three clinical finishes including his first hat trick with the club will make the calls for his stay even louder by the Rossoneri faithful. He’s the league leading scorer after the first week in Serie A.
Accursio Bentivegna, Palermo – A rough night for Palermo at home, but a local boy gave the fans something to smile about. He caused problems all night long until he was subbed off and nearly put a few goals away. In a team full of questions and uncertainty, Bentivegna is a major bright spot for the Sicilians.
Rolando Maran, Chievo – What a start for the Flying Donkeys. They welcomed Inter to Verona and beat them 2-0. Inter had their chances and forced the aforementioned Sorrentino into a few good saves, but a Walter Birsa double put the Serpente to the sword on the opener of the Serie A season.