Team of the Week

Serie A Team of the Week: Ronaldo, Zapata and Martinez all in after goal glut

Juventus, Inter and Atalanta are all represented in our Serie A Team of the Week after big wins.

8:51am on Monday 4th January 2021
Nicholas Hughes

A scintillating performance from Lautaro Martinez headlines FootballCritic’s Serie A Team of the Week in a high-scoring Gameweek 15.

Inter’s Argentine star netted a perfect hat-trick in the Nerazzurri’s come from behind 6-2 to win over Crotone.

Martinez(10) added a game-high 10 touches in the Crotone box to his first hat-trick for the club as his side looks to maintain pace with rivals Milan in the race for the Scudetto.

It was a weekend full of goals in Serie A with Atalanta netting five in a thrashing of Sassuolo and Juventus beating Udinese to the tune of 4-1.

They are both represented in the front three with Atalanta’s Duvan Zapata (9.6) netting two goals and an assist in a much needed victory for Gianpiero Gasperini’s side.

The Colombian had 13 touches in the opposition box, the most of anyone on the pitch, and also led all players for duels attempted and won – 18 and nine respectively.

Cristiano Ronaldo (9.5) rounds out the front three. He too picked up a brace to go along with an assist for the Old Lady as they look to muscle their way back into the title race.

The Portuguese’s 21 passes into the final third were second-highest among Juve players, one of which was a deft outside of the foot pass for Federico Chiesa’s second goal.

He is joined in the side by teammate Rodrigo Bentancur (8.2) whose 69 passes on 94% completion placed him in the top three for Juve in each stat.

The Uruguayan teed up Ronaldo for his second with a well-timed Interception and perfectly-weighted pass to round off an impressive midfield display.

Continuing the trend of setting up teammates, Remo Freuler (9.5) assisted twice for Atalanta – the first being a gorgeous back hell for Zapata’s second goal.

The 28-year-old dominated all over the pitch, playing more passes (49) than any of his teammates while winning both of his attempted tackles and racking up six Interceptions.

The final midfielder is Piotr Zielinski (9.0) who bagged a brace as his Napoli also piled in the goals to down Cagliari 4-1.

The Polish International was man of the match with a game-high two dribbles while adding an incredible six shots and eight touches in the box from midfield.

Lazio were left frustrated with a 1-1 draw at Genoa, but a best on ground display from Stefan Radu (7.9) earns him a place in the team with three tackles and eight duels won, leading all players.

His 70 passes were also a game-high number, while nine ball recoveries were the most of any Lazio player as they slip to ninth place on the table.

Hellas Verona scored a 1-0 win over Spezia to leapfrog Lazio into eighth place with thanks largely to Giangiacomo Magnani (7.8) who dominated at centre-back winning 14 of his 18 duels, including eight out of 12 aerials.

Despite his side shipping five goals, a goal and a game-high six aerial duels won earned Sassuolo centre-back Vlad Chiriches (7.8) in the side.

Danilo (8.9) registered an assist to go with a game-high 98 passes and 118 touches for Juventus and takes his place at right-back to round out the defence.

And a fifth clean sheet of the season sees Gianluigi Donnarumma (8.0) in the side with his five saves proving crucial in Milan returning to the top of the table with a 2-0 win at Benevento.

Team of the Week
Season 20/21 - GAMEWEEK 15

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