What a weekend in Serie A with Roma bagging the keys to the City of Rome in the derby, Juventus fell uncharacteristically at Sampdoria, Napoli pulled away at the top whilst Milan’s woes continued as relegation looks more of a certainty than European qualification.
My Team of the week has in goal; Cagliari’s Brazilian shot-stopper Rafael was on top of his game as he helped his side hold on to all 3 points away to Udinese. In defense, there is a reason Inter has the joint second best defence statistically in the league this season; this is thanks to improvements in that area by the coaching crew and D’Ambrosio, Skriniar and Miranda who all make it to the team of the week. Genoa’s dependable wingback Diego Laxalt completes the back four.
In Midfield Radja Naingollan’s strike and overall display ensured Roma won the Derby della Capitale and confirms him in the team of the week. Napoli’s Jorginho continued to display why the ex-Italian national team coach Ventura was wrong about ignoring him for so long. Juve could not cope with the perfect midfield display of Lucas Torreira as Sampdoria maintained their 100% home record.
Upfront Mauro Icardi continues to write all the right headlines with another predatory performance in front of goal; he is the player of the week. Duvan Zapata was too strong for one of the top defences in the division historically and Insigne loves to play at San Paolo, scoring to keep the Southerners top of the table.
Manager of the week for back to back weeks is Eusebio Di Francesco. His Roma played arguably the most in-form side in the division and in a derby. His side managed all aspects of the game perfectly.