5 Outstanding Players from Serie A This Weekend

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5 Outstanding Players from Serie A This Weekend
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It was an extended weekend of calcio for a change, with Napoli and Juventus treating us to a game on Friday night to accommodate the Bianconeri's preparations for the Champions League against Celtic next week.

Had the Lega Serie A foreseen the Old Lady bringing a 3-0 lead back to Turin, there would be absolutely no need for the extra rest and the rescheduled date.

But it made for an electric atmosphere as the San Paolo was sold out for the Partenopei's last hurrah for the title.

Giorgio Chiellini silenced the crowd early on with a fine header, before Gokhan Inler's deflected shot levelled the game.

In a grand stand finish, Napoli threw everything at the Bianconeri, but it was not to be and the champions escaped with a point and probably one hand on the scudetto.

Elsewhere we saw the race for the third Champions League place heat up, with Milan, Fiorentina, Inter and Roma all securing vital victories, meaning that Lazio's defeat at the Rossoneri was particularly damaging, especially after the controversial Andrea Candreva red card.

With such a wealth of options at my disposal, I have tried to steer clear of the players that might have made headlines that transcended to even the most casual calcio fan.

Giampaolo Pazzini was excellent for a rampant Milan side, but it was a team effort that allowed Pazzini to shine, rather than an exceptional individual effort.

Please feel free to contribute your suggestions in the comments section below.

Here are five players that impressed me most from the current round of fixtures.

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