While Roma continued their pressure on Juve, and the Bianconeri ruled Turin with Tevez’s goal and controversy on & off the field, the rest of the week could be labelled with “wasted opportunities” after disappointing draws for Inter, Fiorentina, Napoli & Parma.
Let’s take a look at this week’s top performers across Italy:
GK – Vlada Avramov (Cagliari): Another heroic display by the Serbian keeper, blocked whatever Inter threw at him, even the goal he conceded, he almost caught it, although he was lucky to see Icardi’s header hit the woodwork!
Defender – Boukary Drame (Chievo): One of Chievo’s protagonists in the relegation battle with Catania, always pushing forward, and not giving much space either defensively.
Defender – Adil Rami (AC Milan): The Giant Frenchman scored yet again, but most importantly, he helped Milan to a 2nd consecutive clean sheet with his dominance in defence.
Defender – Stefan Radu (Lazio): Scored with a trademark shot of his own, was the Laziali’s best player in the Olimpico with his determination and athleticism.
Midfielder – David Pizarro (Fiorentina): His great performance that night made anyone watching the game not notice at all that the Viola were a man less, always there to build the play and never gave up trying till the very last minute.
Midfielder – Allan (Udinese): The Brazilian gave it all in the midfield against Atalanta, tried & fought for every ball, but the highlight of the game was his off the line clearance to keep the Zebrette alive in the game.
Midfielder – Radja Nainggolan (AS Roma): The Samurai warrior was the best player in the Tardini, won almost all his duels and knew when to push forward, and his goal is the perfect example on that.
Midfielder – Luca Rigoni (Chievo): Showed true leadership to land the much needed 3 points for Chievo with his excellent performance and with a bizarre lob header, to keep Chievo away temporarily from the relegation threats.
Midfielder – Adel Taarabt (AC Milan): The Moroccan once again was the best of the Rossonerri with his talent and speed, topping his performance with a well taken follow in the net.
Striker – Luca Toni (Verona): What can we say about him anymore? A true legend! At 36 years of age and being your team’s top scorer and best player every Sunday is something to applaud. This time grabbing a goal against Livorno and providing an assist, to help Verona continue their excellent season.
Striker – Gonzalo Higuain (Napoli): “Peppita” was his team’s most active player, scored again with a poacher finish , but it wasn’t enough for Napoli as they stumbled again at home.
Honorable mentions: Paulinho (Livorno), Amauri (Parma) , Bosko Jankovic (Verona) , Mauro Icardi (Inter), Mati Fernandez (Fiorentina) & Luca Antonini (Genoa).