Serie A

Serie A Top Five, Round Six: Ronaldo rampant, Pjanic the supporting actor

Atalanta, Lazio and unbeaten Inter also represented

 
8:30am on Tuesday 1st October 2019
By
Paul Macdonald

Inter made it six wins out of six at Sampdoria, despite going down to ten men as Alexis Sanchez turned from goal hero to villain.

Meanwhile Juventus keep on winning and Ronaldo keeps on scoring.

Ronaldo is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. He is a little more economical with how he burns energy but he still has the desire to score as many goals as possible. Against SPAL he waged a battle with goalkeeper Etrit Berisha, forcing him into a save on five occasions before finally beating him with his head in the second half. He also created glorious chances that Aaron Ramsey and Sami Khedira failed to convert. A superb all-round display.

Despite all the upheaval and squad changes at Juve, Pjanic remains a reassuring constant. Even accounting for the way in which he dipped his succulent strike into the far corner from outside the area to open the scoring, he touched the ball 129 times, more than any other player, while completing 104/114 (92%) of his passes. He remains at the heart of everything positive Juve do.

Atalanta were completely unplayable against Sassuolo, scoring four brilliant first-half goals to stun the hosts. Gomez was central to the action, scoring first with an individual goal of high quality, running fully 50 yards before nutmegging the defender and flicking home. He then exchanged a glorious one-two with Duvan Zapata to poke home in style. This was the Gomez of last season returning to the fray.

Genoa are not the team of last year and Lazio's Savic absolutely dominated them in every capacity. He curled home the opening goal with all the confidence of a seasoned forward, before a sliderule through pass dissected the Genoa back line for Felipe Caicedo to finish well. He also won everything in the air throughout and he is a player really beginning to rediscover his form.

Sensi might well be the player of the season so far. He has been in spectacular form for Inter and they made it six wins out of six at Sampdoria. Sensi claimed the first goal as his sweet shot nicked off Alexis Sanchez and found the net, then his cross-shot allowed the Chilean to get off the mark for real. With nine ball recoveries as well, he is a player striving to do everything for Antonio Conte's team.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Duvan Zapata (8.3) was only just second fiddle to Gomez as Atalanta looked like their old selves, while Ciro Immobile (8.3) was in clinical form as Lazio took down Genoa.

ROUND TO FORGET

Genoa centre-back Jawal El Yamiq (5.0) just couldn't handle the Lazio attacking threat, and Andrea Consigli (5.1) was just one of the Sassuolo back line who were left totally stunned by Atalanta's first half performance.

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