Here is Italian Football Daily’s Serie A Team of the Week for Round 25
Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus): The 38-year-old was excellent in preventing Napoli from opening the scoring, aided by the partnership of Barzagli and Bonucci ahead of him.
Andrea Barzagli (Juventus): With Giorgio Chiellini out, so Allegri’s three at the back turned into a two of Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci. Later in the game, Bonucci picked up a knock and youngster Daniele Rugani had to come on. Nevertheless, Barzagli continued to frustrate Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuaín as Juventus got the clean sheet, their 10th in their last 15 games.
Andrea Masiello (Atalanta): Against an out-of-form Sampdoria side, Masiello was colossal at the back and was a decent outlet going forward too. The point that Atalanta meant that the side from Bergamo are now seven points from safety.
Luca Antonelli (AC Milan): On Milan’s left hand side, Antonelli continued to offer an outlet outside Giacomo Bonaventura, and was solid when it came to Milan defending. In recent weeks Antonelli has been vital in allowing Bonaventura to express himself in Mihajlović’s 4-4-2 system.
Keisuke Honda (AC Milan): Pressing from the front, Honda – like Antonelli – had been in great form in recent weeks and continued that against Genoa. The Japanese midfielder picked up an assist for Carlos Bacca’s goal and got his first goal of the scoresheet with a speculative effort from distance. Milan are now unbeaten in seven successive Serie A games for the first time since April 2013.
Borja Valero (Fiorentina): In Paulo Sousa’s system, Valero is a key cog and that showed in Sunday night’s game against Inter. The former Villarreal man was dominant in midfield and was the link between Fiorentina’s defence and attack, getting on the scoresheet as well.
Paul Pogba (Juventus): Pogba almost got the first assist of the game as he controlled the ball excellently and found Paulo Dybala coming into the box, but the Argentine blasted his shot over the bar. He continued to push forward for the rest of the game and ultimately his presence likely meant that was the reason why the Napoli defenders stood off of Zaza for the Italian’s long-range strike.
Nicola Sansone (Sassuolo): Sansone ended a 12-game goal drought with the goal of the weekend in Serie A, just 80 seconds after Valter Birsa’s opener. The Sassuolo winger continued to torment Nicolas Frey at right-back, but the neroverdi were unable to find a winner.
Mohamed Salah (AS Roma): The Egyptian talisman was instrumental in Roma picking up their fourth consecutive victory away at Carpi. After Lucas Digne opened the scoring, Salah hit the bar, provided the assist for Edin Džeko’s goal and then got on the scoresheet himself. A fantastic performance.
Ciro Immobile (Torino): Ciro Immobile opened the scoring from the spot and then got the third goal to seal the Granata all three points. In his seven games since his return to Torino, Immobile now has three goals and two assists, with four of those goals coming in his last three games.
Daniel Ciofani (Frosinone): Ciofani’s double against Empoli secured Frosinone their first away win of the season. The win meant that Frosinone picked up more points on Saturday than they had in their previous 11 Serie A away games altogether (two points).