Serie A Team of the Week
This weekend's Serie A action was encapsulated by the Derby della Capitale between Lazio and Roma.
The Biancocelesti ran out 3-2 winners and once again made Zdenek Zeman's tactics look foolish. The Czech manager is eulogised by many, but his tactics and philosophy are simply broken on the basis of his return to Serie A this season.
Milan's misery continued as Fiorentina snatched the points at the San Siro, heaping more pressure on Massimiliano Allegri. Adriano Galliani might not be able to defend the manager too much longer.
Juventus put in an angry display away at Pescara, destroying the Delfini 6-1 and bouncing back from their defeat to Inter last weekend.
Inter followed up that historic victory at the Juventus Stadium with a 3-2 defeat in Bergamo as German Denis inspired La Dea by scoring a brace.
Here is my Serie A team of the week.
Goalkeeper: Gianluca Pegolo, Siena
Gianluca Pegolo stood firm as Parma dominated their match with Siena.
The 31-year-old made several saves and commanded his penalty area superbly to release some of the pressure heaped on the Bianconeri's defence.
Centre-Back: Massimo Donati, Palermo
Massimo Donati is relishing his new role with the Rosanero under Gian Piero Gasperini, performing as a libero.
Donati, who has played his entire career as a centre-midfielder, is thriving in this position. Gasperini requires him to distribute from deep, and so far, Donati has been able to do this impeccably while providing cover for his defensive teammates.
Centre-Back: Ezequiel Munoz, Palermo
Ezequiel Munoz is somebody destined for big things in the future.
The Argentine is shining at Palermo as part of a three-man defence since his move from Boca Juniors.
The 22-year-old is physically dominant enough for Serie A and also provides the side with great production in possession when afforded the opportunity to stride forward.
Centre-Back: Guillermo Rodriguez, Torino
Guillermo Rodriguez has stepped into the Toro back line with ease since Angelo Ogbonna suffered an injury.
Giampiero Ventura trusted the Uruguayan this weekend despite having Ogbonna back in the squad.
The Granata have only conceded twice in the last three games, and they are providing a solid base for the side moving forward.
Right Wing: Giandomenico Mesto, Napoli
Giandomenico Mesto has been very quiet since signing for Napoli due to being kept out of the side by Cristian Maggio.
The former Genoa player haunted his old club with a stunning second-half cameo to lift the Partenopei.
Mesto smashed in from the tightest of angles to equalise after Ciro Immobile's opener for the Grifone before providing a perfect ball for Marek Hamsik to complete the comeback after trailing again.
Centre-Midfield: Andrea Pirlo, Juventus
Andrea Pirlo was simply majestic against Pescara, even if he was afforded the luxury of time and space on the ball throughout the game.
The Delfini rarely pressured the Azzurri international, which was a suicidal tactic, as Juve's playmaker picked them to pieces at will.
Pirlo was able to dissect Pescara's defence with a wonderful range of passes that had us all purring.
Centre-Midfield: Arturo Vidal, Juventus
Arturo Vidal is just world-class; it's that simple.
There's an argument to say that he is the most complete midfielder in world football right now.
It was a brilliant off-the-ball run in the opening minutes that set up the opening goal. Found by Sebastian Giovinco's perfectly weighted pass, Vidal calmly rolled the ball past a helpless Mattia Perin.
His goals aren't always spectacular, but the Chilean's movement is good enough to be the envy of most strikers, providing him with many simple opportunities.
Worked tireless in the midfield to keep the pressure on Pescara by winning possession back, often with snappy tackles, which set up plenty of counter-attacks when the Delfini dared to venture forward.
Left-Midfield: Giacomo Bonaventura, Atalanta
Giacomo Bonaventura inspired La Dea to a 3-2 victory over Inter in the night game in Serie A on Sunday.
The left sided midfielder gave Javier Zanetti a torrid time out wide, weaving his magic and delivering some brilliant crosses for German Denis to thrive on.
Bonaventura opened the scoring and is proving to be a real outlet from that left side for the Nerazzurri, often swapping positions with Maxi Moralez.
Attacking Midfield: Marek Hamsik, Napoli
Marek Hamsik is growing as a player and filling the gap that Ezequiel Lavezzi left when he joined PSG while maintaining his prior excellent performances as one of the "three tenors."
The Slovakian supplied a sublime pass for Edinson Cavani's goal against Genoa before snatching the winner with a superb header to lift the Partenopei after last weekend's disastrous draw with Torino.
Striker: Fabio Quagliarella, Juventus
Fabio Quagliarella grasped his chance in the side on Saturday when Mirko Vucinic was not fit enough to start.
Scoring a hat trick will go a long way to increase the pressure on Sebastian Giovinco—who was also very good in this game—as Mirko Vucinic appears to be nailed on as one of Alessio Conte's forwards.
A terrific finisher and able to provide a reference point for the Bianconeri, which is in stark contrast to Giovinco and Vucinic who enjoy operating deeper, or from the channels.
He also scored a sublime volley-cum-scissor kick to show he is capable of creating his own goals, as opposed to preying on the completely inept Pescara's mistakes.
Striker: Paulo Dybala, Palermo
Paulo Dybala announced himself to the Palermo faithful on Sunday with a tremendous performance to lift the Rosanero out of the relegation zone against a hapless Sampdoria.
Samp have now lost seven games in a row, but Dybala dispatched them with two clinical finishes with his wand of a left boot.
The 18-year-old is getting the Sicilians very excited after arriving on the island from Instituto de Cordoba last year.
Often compared to Sergio Aguero, Dybala is currently playing with the Argentina under-20 side and is worth keeping an eye on over the coming months.