Serie a Team of the Week

Jack Alexandros Rathborn@@jackrathbornContributor IIIOctober 29, 2012

Manager: Ivo Pulga (Cagliari)

The Cagliari manager has firmed up the defence to keep the Isolani in with a chance of earning results in each match.

Having now won three straight games, keeping a clean sheet in each match, Pulga deserves immense credit for the way he has transformed the side so quickly.


Formation: 4-3-3


Goalkeeper: Mariano Andujar (Catania)


The Argentine made numerous smart saves and commanded his area superbly against a Juve side that offered a potent aerial threat.

With Andrea Pirlo's quality delivery from set pieces, the likes of Nicklas Bendtner, Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci proved to be a real handful attacking the ball, but Andujar was able to avert the danger throughout.


Right-back: Davide Astori (Cagliari)


Cagliari's recent surge up the table has coincided with Davide Astori finding his best form again, marshalling the back four superbly with great vocal organisation.

Although the former Italy international is deployed centrally for the Rossoblu, Astori was able to completely control the Sampdoria attack, often covering Francesco Pisano when Eder was able to penetrate the Cagliari defence.


Centre-back: Mario Yepes (Milan)


He might be 36 years old, but the Colombian is proving his worth to the Rossoneri, despite their dreadful form.

Yepes is a beast at the back who will win everything in the air, and he is starting to develop a canny ability to bring the ball forward and intelligently distribute the ball


Centre-back: Massimo Donati (Palermo)


Having played his entire career as a midfielder, it is incredible how comfortable the Italian looks in his new position under Gian Piero Gasperini.

Comfortable on the ball, but prepared to use his physical tenacity, Donati is relishing his newfound position.


Left-back: Juan Jesus (Inter)


Playing on the left side of a back three, but also having plenty of experience playing in a wider defensive area while with Internacional, Juan is quickly becoming a key player for the Nerazzurri.

Quick and nimble with a terrific ability to anticipate danger, Juan was able to track the clever runs from Alessandro Diamanti all game.


Centre-midfield: Arturo Vidal (Juventus)


Vidal is one of the most outstanding midfielders in the league, who is now providing goals on a more consistent basis for the Bianconeri.

He stepped up to deliver all three points for Juve when the match appeared to be heading for a draw, reacting first to the rebound from Nicklas Bendtner's shot.


Centre-midfield: Esteban Cambiasso (Inter)

What a signing this man has been for Massimo Moratti.

Potentially Moratti's greatest during his tenure with the Nerazzurri? The former Real Madrid enforcer is still producing incredible performances for Inter, providing energy and tenacity in the midfield.

Cambiasso is a clever footballer too, though, offering surging runs into the penalty area off the ball and having the composure to finish when offered the opportunity.

The Argentine took his goal magnificently, casually chipping the ball over a despairing Federico Agliardi.


Centre-midfield: Marek Hamsik (Napoli)

Edinson Cavani was ruled out injured here and Napoli struggled somewhat to establish themselves against a poor Chievo side.

A star was needed to win the game for the Partenopei, and Hamsik duly obliged by clinically dispatching a fierce drive into the bottom right corner of the goal from a Juan Zuniga pass. 


Right Winger: Erik Lamela (Roma)

This is the Argentine's breakout season.

Lamela is fulfilling the outrageous potential that was created at former club River Plate. A wonderful mixture of close control, the ability to change direction sharply and the bonus of goals, a world star is upon us.


Left Winger: Stephan El Shaarawy (Milan)

When was the last time a 20-year-old carried a club the size of Milan? As that's exactly what El Shaarawy is doing currently. 

The Azzurrini star is on fire, scoring six times in nine games to lead the capocannoniere race with Edinson Cavani and Miroslav Klose.

He has shown wonderful movement and close control coming in from the left wing and is now developing that instinct to sniff a chance inside the penalty area.


Striker: Antonio Di Natale (Udinese)


Like a fine wine, Di Natale gets better with age.

Toto was able to help Udinese complete a remarkable comeback with a brace. The first was a beauty, a spinning flick with the outside of his boot, reacting to a stray shot from Pablo Armero.

Then, to cap off the comeback and seal the victory, Di Natale converted a penalty with a perfectly executed Panenka.


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