Team of the Week

Serie A Team of the Week: Lukaku and Martinez dominate again for Inter

Inter’s strike partnership was at it again as they stormed to a big win in Serie A Gameweek 20.

10:50am on Monday 1st February 2021
Nicholas Hughes

Inter’s Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez headline Football Critic’s Serie A Team of the Week for Gameweek 20.

Lukaku (8.3) scored the Nerazzurri’s final two goals in the 4-0 win over Benevento after Martinez (8.3) had doubled the advantage previously.

The Argentine could have had himself a hat-trick but for a goal disallowed by offside and a couple of spurned chances, but he was behind everything for the hosts with a game high three shots, two dribbles and six touches inside the opposition box.

Lukaku won four of his five duels as well as the brace, which remarkably came on just 25 touches of the ball.

Completing the front three is Mattia Destro (8.2) who also bagged a brace as Genoa scored a 3-0 win over Crotone to distance themselves further from the relegation zone.

Destro’s teammate Milan Badelj (8.0) controlled the midfield in that game, with his 66 touches, 45 passes and four dribbles the most of any of his teammates.

He also added a game high seven Interceptions and led Genoa with eight duels won in what was an all-round performance from the Croatian.

Joining him in midfield is Roma’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan (8.2), who continued his stellar season with another goal in a 3-1 win over Hellas Verona at the Stadio Olimpico.

The former Manchester United and Arsenal man now has nine goals and eight assists in Serie A and has played a huge part in guiding Roma into third on the table.

Continuing Inter’s dominance in this week’s team is Christian Eriksen (8.3). The Dane has been heavily linked with a move away from the San Siro, including to his former side Tottenham Hotspur, but was at his very best for Antonio Conte’s side.

Eriksen played 111 passes and 30 into the final third, topping both of those stats across the game, while his seven recoveries were the most for Inter outside of the two centre-backs.

One of whom was Andrea Ranocchia (7.9), the fourth and final Inter player in the team. He had eight recoveries and 65 passes at 96% accuracy, almost getting on the scoresheet but for Riccardo Improta to touch it into his own net just ahead of him.

Juventus earned a 2-0 win over Sampdoria which places Danilo (7.6) and Leonardo Bonucci (7.8) in the back four as well as Gianluca Mancini (8.5), who also got on the scoresheet for Roma to go with 13 recoveries and 91% pass accuracy – both team highs.

Despite conceding twice in Bologna’s 2-1 loss to Milan, Lukasz Skorupski (8.8) rounds out the team in goal with the highest rating of the weekend.

His eight saves included one from a Zlatan Ibrahimovic penalty, though it was turned in by Ante Rebic on the rebound as Milan maintained their position atop the Serie A table.


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