Serie A team of the week | Round 24
AC Milan closed the gap at the top of the Serie A table with a 2-1 win over league leaders and city rivals Inter, while Juventus climbed into the top four with a 2-0 victory over Hellas Verona.
Napoli beat Venezia 2-0, Cagliari secured a surprising 2-1 win over Atalanta and Lazio secured a 3-0 win over Fiorentina.
Elsewhere, Sampdoria crushed Sassuolo 4-0, Udinese picked up a late win over Torino and Salernitana drew 2-2 with Spezia.
Let us know your thoughts on the Team of the Week for Matchday 24 of the 2021/22 Serie A season, which unfolds in the usual 3-4-3 formation!
Mike Maignan – AC Milan (3 Team of the Week appearances)
Goalkeeper Rossoneri was in inspired form, limiting Inter to just one goal despite an abundance of chances.
Raoul Bellanova – Cagliari
Isolani’s rear winger put in a superb performance on the right flank. His direct run caused problems for Atalanta and he provided the cross for Gaston Pereiro to score the winner.
Rodrigo Becao – Udinese
A great defensive performance from the Brazilian and he was effective in his distribution from the back as well.
Matteo Lovato – Cagliari
A superb performance from the young defender. The Atalanta players struggled to get past him and he notably canceled out the attacking threat of La Dea striker Luis Muriel.
Antonio Candreva – Sampdoria (6 apps)
The veteran midfielder scored from the penalty spot with an exquisite chip and he also provided two assists in Il Doria’s emphatic win over Sassuolo.
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – Lazio (3 apps)
Excellent in his catches of the ball and in his passes. The Serbian midfielder also opened the scoring with a well-timed run and a fine finish.
Stanislav Lobotka – Napoli (2 apps)
Impressed with his ability to win possession in midfield as well as his distribution. Completed 95 passes with a success rate of 94%.
Simone Verdi – Salernitana
The Italian winger was making his first appearance for the southern Italian club and he scored from two superb free-kicks in the draw against Spezia.
Gaston Pereiro – Cagliari
Although not a natural striker, the Uruguayan midfielder had to operate as a lone striker and it turned out to be a successful decision. Scored twice in the second half against Atalanta, and also forced Juan Musso into a foul which ultimately saw the Argentine goalkeeper sent off.
Olivier Giroud – AC Milan (2 apps)
The former Arsenal and Chelsea striker was a peripheral figure in the first half against Inter but became a derby hero for the Rossoneri with a second-half brace.
Dusan Vlahovic – Juventus (6 apps)
Provided an attacking reference point for the Bianconeri and opened the scoring against Hellas Verona with a delicious lob.