Serie A Team of the Week
This was a momentous weekend of Serie A action that featured the huge clash between Milan and Juventus as well as the Sicilian derby, providing calcio fans with some explosive action to feast upon.
There are two more games Monday evening, including Parma-Inter and Cagliari-Napoli, but there was more than enough action to be able to highlight some outstanding performances that have simply been a joy to witness over the weekend.
Here is my team of the week; please join the debate in the comments section below and provide your suggestions.
Goalkeeper: Marco Amelia, Milan
Christian Abbiati was forced out of the Milan side during the warmup that gave Marco Amelia very little time to prepare for one of the biggest games of the season.
The 30-year-old commanded his area superbly after a bombardment of crosses from Kwadwo Asamoah and Mauricio Isla.
Amelia escaped the embarrassment of giving away a penalty late on due to Sebastian Giovinco being offside, but he did enough to impress me.
Right-Back: Mattia De Sciglio, Milan
He supplied further evidence to suggest to us that he is ready to blossom into one of Serie A's best full-backs.
The 20-year-old is well-balanced, contributing well in attack and coping admirably against one of the league's most dangerous wide threats, Kwadwo Asamoah.
Centre-Back: Neto, Siena
Positioned on the right side of a three centre-back formation, Neto's physical prowess adds a lot to the Siena side in quickly nullifying the opposition's wide threat and covering Matteo Contini when he was drawn out of the back line.
Linked with Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Moscow, the Portuguese is one to keep an eye on moving forward.
Centre-Back: Leandro Castan, Roma
A revelation for the Giallorossi who is not only performing superbly himself in the highly exposed Roma back line, but Castan is also guiding the 18-year-old Marquinhos along the way.
Left-Back: Boukary Drame, Chievo
Fast, powerful and productive in possession, the Chievo left-back is fast becoming one of the best in the league.
Drame dealt comfortably with Alessandro Rosina, who has been in decent form of late.
Centre Midfield: Egidio Arevalo Rios, Palermo
Egidio Arevalo Rios has hit the ground running since joining Palermo from Mexican club Tijuana.
The Uruguayan international provided great experience and poise in the derby this weekend and is instantly becoming a fan favourite.
Centre Midfield: Enzo Maresca, Sampdoria
Enzo Maresca is becoming one of Samp's more inspirational players, and his patience in possession was crucial against a resilient Bologna side who fought hard with 10 men for most of the game.
Maresca was able to recycle possession well and ensure that Bologna were not allowed much of an opportunity to rest.
Right-Winger: Alessio Cerci, Torino
Alessio Cerci is not a typically "Italian" player due to his willingness to operate in advanced wide areas.
The 25-year-old was able to cause all sorts of trouble and chipped in with a well-taken goal to help a hot Torino side take a point off second-place Fiorentina.
Attacking Midfielder: Josep Ilicic, Palermo
Josep Ilicic was integral to Palermo's victory in the Sicilian derby with a brace and a typically inspired performance.
The 24-year-old will hope that this can trigger a string of similar displays that originally attracted interest from Liverpool.
Left-Winger: Mattia Destro, Roma
Mattia Destro deputised for the outstanding Erik Lamela and bagged himself the winner as Roma struggled to a 1-0 victory over lowly Pescara.
Destro, who is not the most natural wide player, shone in his new role, darting in from the wing and linking with Pablo Osvaldo to good effect.
Striker: Marco Borriello, Genoa
Marco Borriello is putting in some tremendous work rate for a terrible Genoa side that shattered a six-game losing streak this weekend at Atalanta.
Borriello linked well with Andrea Bertolacci, who was positioned a little deeper than the former Milan striker's normal partner, Ciro Immobile.
With La Dea chasing the match for over a half, Borriello was able to move the ball into the channels and release some pressure on their leaky defence.
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