After Round 13 of Serie A action, here are the starting XI included in Italian Football Daily’s Team of the Week:
SAMIR HANDANOVIC (INTER)
The Inter goalkeeper kept his ninth clean sheet of the season in their 4-0 win over Frosinone. It is often said that title-winning teams build from the defensive platform, and Handanovic once again provided the confidence base from which Inter built their victory.
ADAM MASINA (BOLOGNA)
Adam Masina once again features in our team of the week, as Bologna held Roma to a 2-2 draw at the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara. Masina was in excellent form defensively, whilst his constant attacking threat saw him score Bologna’s opening goal with a left footed finish. It was Masina’s second goal of the campaign and, when added to the three assists he has, shows why he was a recent call-up to the Italy U-21 squad.
CESARE BOVO (TORINO)
The Torino defender put in a faultless display in Torino’s 1-0 victory away at Atalanta. He dealt with the constant attacking threat posed by German Denis and Alejandro Gomez, before contributing at the other end by scoring the winning goal from Daniele Baselli’s assist.
JEISON MURILLO (INTER)
Like Handanovic, the Inter defender has been in a crucial part of Inter’s defensive record this season. Once again, he put in a perfect performance defensively, rounding it off with a superbly taken goal towards the end of the 4-0 victory over Frosinone.
EDOARDO GOLDANIGA (PALERMO)
The Sicilian made his first start for Palermo on Sunday against Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico, putting in an excellent defensive performance that saw him help Palermo keep the attacking threat of Felipe Anderson, Filip Djordjevic and Balde Keita at bay despite constant pressure. To cap what was an impressive full debut, he opened the scoring in the first half with an excellent turn and finish in the area.
ADEM LJAJIC (INTER)
Ljajic was man of the match in Inter’s comprehensive 4-0 win over Frosinone, providing the assists for Mauro Icardi and Marcelo Brozovic. Inter have been a little indifferent on the creative front this season however, Ljajic was constantly looking to create opportunities for his teammates.
RICKY SAPONARA (EMPOLI)
Saponara was instrumental in Empoli taking a 2-0 lead over Fiorentina after only 27 minutes at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. Saponara provided the assist for Empoli’s first goal from Marko Livaja, and was a constant creative threat throughout the match. The assist was Saponara’s fourth of the season.
LORENZO INSIGNE (NAPOLI)
The Napoli man was the key player in their 2-0 win over Hellas Verona at the Bentegodi. Just when it looked as if Verona would frustrate Napoli’s attacking threat, up popped Insigne with the opening goal in the 67th minute, before turning creator for Gonzalo Higuain 6 minutes later. The goal was Insigne’s seventh of the season, whilst the assist was his fourth of the season.
MAREK HAMSIK (NAPOLI)
The Napoli captain was a key figure, along with Insigne, in Napoli’s 2-0 win over Hellas at the Bentegodi. The captain was a key figure in breaking down the Hellas defence, as it seemed that the title challengers were going to endure a frustrating afternoon.
ROBERTO INGLESE (CHIEVO)
Inglese put in an impressive performance in Chievo’s 2-1 win at Carpi, scoring one goal and providing the assist for the other. The goal was Inglese’s second of the season, and helped move Chievo up to eleventh place in the table.
NIKOLA KALINIC (FIORENTINA)
In preparation for this week’s Europa League fixture, Paulo Sousa rested the Croatian frontman, but was soon required to call upon his top goalscorer as Fiorentina faced a 2-0 deficit at half-time in their home game against Empoli. Kalinic wasted no time in getting on the score-sheet to reduce the deficit, scoring within nine minutes of entering the play. Kalinic spared Sousa’s blushes when scored the equaliser in the 61st minute to earn the Viola a 2-2 draw against opponents they really should have dismissed quite easily.