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Here is Italian Football Daily’s Team of the Week for Matchday 30:

Goalkeeper:

Samir Handanovič (Internazionale): The Inter goalkeeper was in great form on Saturday evening as he pulled off a few excellent saves to frustrate Roma. Although he was beaten late on by Radja Nainggolan, he continued to thwart the Giallorossi in the final minutes as Inter closed out the game.

 

Defenders:

Lorenzo Tonelli (Empoli): The 26-year-old returned from a three-match ban and performed excellently as Empoli gained a point against Palermo. Tonelli’s best moment of the game came when he blocked a shot from Aleksandr Trajkovski after a sublime pass from Robin Quaison. This was just Empoli’s ninth point since the winter break.

Francesco Acerbi (Sassuolo): With his centre-back partner Paolo Cannavaro out, Acerbi stepped up and was a beast throughout the entire match. Although Udinese opened the scoring after eight minutes, the centre-back was very solid as he allowed his teammates to push forward for an equaliser.

Nicolás Spolli (Chievo): Chievo recorded their second ever away win at Sampdoria courtesy of an early Riccardo Meggiorini goal, but the 33-year-old Spolli was key in Chievo holding on to all three points as he headed Fabio Quagliarella’s lob off of the line and had a good game at the back. The Flying Donkeys move up to 9th while Samp fall to 15th, four points clear of the relegation zone.

 

Midfielders:

Ivan Perišić (Internazionale): Although the Nerazzurri were unable to come away with all three points at the Stadio Olimpico, Perišić was superb yet again as he scored his fourth goal in his last four games. The Croatian will be vital in Inter’s push to secure 3rd place.

Paul Pogba (Juventus): After crashing out of the Champions League in midweek, Juventus got back to winning ways as they beat Torino 4-1 in the Derby Della Mole. Pogba scored the opener, an excellent free-kick, just minutes after Paulo Dybala went off injured, and he later set up Álvaro Morata with an inventive ball over the top. Later, his free-kick was blocked and his follow-up shot fell to Morata who got his second.

Marcelo Brozović (Internazionale): Just like his compatriot Ivan Perišić, Brozović was in incredible form against Roma and was a key cog in Inter’s engine room. He also got the assist for Perišić’s goal, but his running and closing down of Roma’s midfielders meant that Roma’s main source of creativity was lost; apart from Pjanić’s pass for Salah’s offside goal, the Bosnian was unable to dictate the play.

Alessandro Diamanti (Atalanta): Diamanti rolled back the years as Atalanta beat Bologna 2-0 to record their first victory in 15 games to climb up to 14th. The 32-year-old made Daniele Gastaldello look silly for the first goal as he squared the ball for Alejandro Gómez to tap home, and then later got on the scoresheet as Mauricio Pinilla found him in the box to fire past Antonio Mirante.

Antonio Di Gaudio (Carpi): The Carpi winger got his first goal in Serie A since August as he scored an outrageous individual goal, weaving his way through Vangelis Moras and Luca Marrone, to put the Biancorossi 1-0 ahead. Although Verona equalised, a special free-kick from Kevin Lasagna ensured that Carpi recorded back-to-back wins to move up to 17th, out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

 

Strikers:

Gonzalo Higuaín (Napoli): Il Pipita scored his 28th and 29th goals of the season – a career high for goals in a single league campaign – to ensure Napoli completed their comeback against Genoa as they won 3-1 at the Stadio San Paolo to continue their Scudetto push. The Partenopei are now only three points Juventus with eight games to go.

Álvaro Morata (Juventus): After starting in midweek against Bayern Munich, the Spaniard begun the game on the bench but had to come on after 32 minutes to replace the injured Paulo Dybala. He was a pest for Torino’s back three and got on the scoresheet with two goals; the first of which was an excellent dink over Daniele Padelli, the second an instinctive finish.

 

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