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Here is Italian Football Daily’s Team of the Week for Matchday 33:

 

Goalkeeper:

Samir Handanović (Internazionale): Many times this season Handanović has been a rock for Inter in goal and that was again the case as the Slovenian dealt with the few chances that Napoli were able to create, particularly from distance. Inter have now kept back-to-back clean sheets in Serie A for the first time since December, and Handanović has now recorded 50 clean sheets for the Nerazzurri.

 

Defenders:

Adriano Russo (Frosinone): Frosinone further helped their relegation cause with a 2-1 win away at Hellas Verona. Russo opened the scoring with a bullet from a corner and, despite a small resurgence from Verona in which they got an equaliser, chances from open play were restricted in large part due to the Italian’s performance.

Luca Antonell (AC Milan): Milan’s left-back had a strong game and his performance ensured that new manager Cristian Brocchi got off to a winning start, winning 1-0 away at Sampdoria. Playing in Silvio Berlusconi’s favoured 4-3-1-2 system, the left-back plays a vital role and Antonelli continued his strong form with his overlapping runs and strong defensive play.

Marcos Alonso (Fiorentina): Fiorentina regained the lead after the former Bolton left-back Marcos Alonso played a perfect cross to Josip Iličić who struck an unbelievable volley to make it 2-1 to La Viola. The Spaniard also had a goal ruled out after he was caught offside.

 

Midfielders:

Paul Pogba (Juventus): In recent weeks Pogba has been in incredible form and that continued in the 4-0 victory over Palermo on Sunday as Juventus got a step closer to winning their fifth straight Scudetto title. First he held off Oscar Hiljemark to provide an excellent pass for Sami Khedira to open the scoring, and then he doubled the lead and sealed all three points by making it 2-0 after lurking at the back post to score from a corner. Juventus are now nine points clear of Napoli with five games to go.

Gary Medel (Internazionale): Medel appeared to be everywhere for the Nerazzurri as they beat Napoli 2-0 to close the gap to Roma in 3rd. The 28-year-old played an exceptional ball over the top of the Partenopei’s defence for Mauro Icardi to open the scoring, and he also made six interceptions to earn many plaudits on social media.

Lorenzo Pasciuti (Carpi): Pasciuti provided a goal and an assist as Carpi beat Genoa 4-1 to further help in their quest against avoiding relegation. His cross was turned in by Lorenzo Lollo to put the Biancorossi 2-1 ahead just before half-time, and then just after the break the 26-year-old made it 3-1. This is the same Lorenzo Pasciuti that made history earlier in the season by becoming the first player to score in all five divisions for Carpi.

Diego Perotti (AS Roma): Despite many of his teammates having an off day, Perotti continued his excellent form as he stepped up and looked like Roma’s best player away at Atalanta. The Argentine produced an exquisite pass to Lucas Digne to open the scoring for the Giallorossi and was involved in Roma’s equalising goal.

Antonio Di Gaudio (Carpi): The Carpi winger levelled up the game at 1-1 just before the half-time whistle with an excellent overhead kick. Di Gaudio also got an assist for Lorenzo Pasciuti’s goal that made it 3-1, and that was the first time in Serie A history that Carpi had scored three goals in one game.

 

Strikers:

Marco Borriello (Atalanta): The former Roma striker was in great form against his former club as he scored for the third league game in a row against them. His brace and assist gave Atalanta a 3-2 lead, but Francesco Totti’s late goal meant that the sides shared the points.

Mauro Icardi (Internazionale): Icardi helped Inter keep up the pressure on 3rd placed Roma by opening the scoring and providing an assist in a 2-0 victory over Napoli. He made it 1-0 with a deft lob over Pepe Reina, and got an assist after putting Marcelo Brozović through on goal to finish and cut the gap to the Romans.

Miroslav Klose (Lazio): Klose has looked rejuvenated under Simone Inzaghi and led from the front as Lazio beat Palermo 3-0 to record consecutive victories for le Aquile. The 38-year-old was involved in the first goal as he chested the ball down to Senad Lulić who had his shot blocked for a penalty, and then he played a one-two with Ogenyi Onazi who calmly beat Alberto Pelagotti to make it 2-0.

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