Serie A: Team of the Week
It was an historic weekend of calcio in the Serie A in which the champions tasted defeat for the first time in 49 matches.
Inter triumphed at the Juventus Arena to give us hope that a title race could yet develop, as the Nerazzurri closed the gap on the Bianconeri to just two points.
Milan also seem to have found a different gear, triumphing 5-1 over a poor Chievo side to boost their hopes of overcoming their dismal start to the season.
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Goalkeeper: Samir Handanovic, Inter
Samir Handanovic has effortlessly replaced the great Julio Cesar, instilling confidence and composure to a new-look defense.
The Slovenian was alert all game, anticipating crosses and rushing off his line when called upon to nullify the threat in behind.
Right-Back: Juan Cuadrado, Fiorentina
Not his preferred position, but Juan Cuadrado is proving to be an excellent wing-back for La Viola.
Cuadrado's attacking talent is undeniable, but his positional sense is improving constantly, suggesting that he is becoming a more rounded player the more he plays under Vincenzo Montella.
Centre-Back: Nicola Legrottaglie, Catania
Nicola Legrottaglie was in inspired form on Sunday against Lazio, dominating the Biancocelesti's attacking threat.
The former Juventus defender is still churning out top quality performances despite entering the final years of his career.
Centre-Back: Nicolas Spolli, Catania
Legrottaglie was in good company on Sunday against Lazio, as Nicolas Spolli also performed superbly in keeping out Lazio all match.
The Argentine was typically dominant in the air and worked well off Legrottaglie. If his form continues like this, the former Newell's defender will earn himself a move to a bigger club.
Left-Back: Yuto Nagatomo, Inter
Yuto Nagatomo's energy and stamina are qualities that have helped Inter adapt to Andrea Stramaccioni's 3-5-2 formation almost immediately.
Nagatomo's ability to play on either flank and defend astutely is essential, while his willingness to join up with the attack is benefiting Inter on the counterattack.
The Japanese player made a gorgeous pass to Rodrigo Palacio to finish the game and was widely praised by his manager at full time.
Defensive Midfield: Francesco Bolzoni, Siena
Defensive Midfield: Emanuel Cascione, Pescara
Right Wing: Bojan, Milan
Bojan Krkic has made a terrific impact in the last two games for Milan, triggering a new entertaining style of football for the Rossoneri.
With great movement off the ball and the ability to carry the ball into central areas, starting from the flanks, Bojan could prove to be a terrific addition to the revival of Massimiliano Allegri's Milan.
A fine goal and an active involvement in the build-up to several of the other goals means that Bojan earns his place in the Serie A team of the week.
Attacking Midfield: Alejandro Gomez, Catania
Mostly deployed from wide areas, but does most of his damage centrally.
Alejandro Gomez was in devastating form on Sunday against a Lazio side who were embarrassed by the Elefanti.
The Argentine weaved his magic all afternoon, creating numerous opportunities with his clever movement and close control on the move.
Left Wing: Stevan Jovetic, Fiorentina
Stevan Jovetic continues to amaze calcio fans with his genius on the ball and unselfishness as La Viola continue to surge up the table in Serie A.
Fiorentina have somehow managed to keep their star player, who is proving that he deserves to be playing in the Champions League—a feat that is not beyond the realm of possibility.
Scorer of one, and provider of many more chances against a spirited Cagliari side, Jojo is carrying this team towards a European place.
Striker: Diego Milito, Inter
The perfect number nine—close to the form of his career that he produced with Inter two years ago—inspired the Nerazzurri to a memorable victory over Juve.
El Principe scored a brace and held the ball up superbly to bring others into play and release some pressure from the defense.
One of the best signings Massimo Moratti has made in recent times, who might just bring Champions League football back to the Beneamata next season.
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