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Serie A Top Five, Round Ten: Fabulous Fabian Ruiz
Serie A

Serie A Top Five, Round Ten: Fabulous Fabian Ruiz

The Spaniard ran the show for Napoli versus Atalanta, as the rankings are made up from five separate teams from the midweek action.

 
12:04pm on Friday 1st November 2019
By
Martin Macdonald
Fabián Ruiz
M, DM (C) - Napoli - 23 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
9.1
Oct 30, 2019

The former Betis man played a part in almost every move forward for Napoli on the night, taking the ball from the defenders to transition into midfield then attack. He had more touches (108) than any other player in this round of Serie A fixtures, and also misplaced just three passes out of 81 attempts. Incredible. He gained an assist, too, and what a lovely one it was as he clipped a pass over the top of the Atalanta defence for Arkadiusz Milik to run through and score. Defensively he was solid as he won the majority of his duels and 100% of his tackles, as well as making seven ball recoveries and three interceptions.

Gaetano Castrovilli
M, AM (C) - Fiorentina - 22 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.8
Oct 30, 2019

Castrovilli's star continues to rise in Italian football as he recorded another goal and assist, this time as Fiorentina fought back from behind to beat Sassuolo 2-1. It was just after the hour-mark when he got his team back into contention, with an incredibly brave bullet header at the back post after latching on to a cross from Lorenzo Venuti. Then, with just nine minutes remaining, he was key to the comeback as he set-up the winner for Nikola Milenkovic with an intelligent, flashed cross to the back post after peeling away from the packed penalty area. He made seven ball recoveries and completed five dribbles, too.

Jérémie Boga
AM, W (L) - Sassuolo - 22 yrs
90'
8.3
Oct 30, 2019

In the same fixture as above, Boga was unlucky to be on the losing side for Sassuolo in the loss against Fiorentina, as he tormented the Viola from the left wing. It was from this area in which he started his run for the opener, powerfully dribbling past one, two, three challenges before whipping a strike into the far corner from inside the box. He was part of the reason the visitors didn't make an impact in the first half, as he won 10 out of 14 duels overall, winning possession back in key areas.

Koray Günter
D (LC) - Verona - 25 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.2
Oct 29, 2019

After two losses in a row, Verona put vital ground between themselves and the relegation zone after a hard-fought 1-0 win away at Parma. The hosts battered Verona with 20 shots overall, and enjoyed the majority of possession, but were left frustrated by the opposition backline, and Gunter in particular. The centre-back won the majority of his duels (11/15), tackles (3/5), and 100% of his aerial duels, as Parma flung no less than 25 crosses into the box. From his own penalty area, he made an incredible 10 clearances.

Rodrigo Bentancur
M, AM (C) - Juventus - 22 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.1
Oct 30, 2019

Juventus aren't in the best of form at the moment. During the week they had to rely on a 96th minute penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo to beat struggling Genoa. A bright spark in their underperformance was Bentancur, however. As well as setting up the first goal for Leonardo Bonucci with a whipped corner to the front post, he controlled things in the centre of the pitch with his composure, completing 54 out of 59 attempted passes and having 81 touches overall. He provided ammunition for the attackers with six crosses into the box and 20 passes into the final third.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Chris Smalling (8.1) is enjoying a career renaissance at Roma, and got his first goal for his loan club midweek in the 4-0 win over Udinese, slamming home a finish at the far post after a corner. He also won the majority of his duels and aerial duels.

ROUND TO FORGET

Roma actually went down to 10 men in that win against Udinese, which makes it all the more disappointing that the forwards of the home side, namely Kevin Lasagna (4.9), were unable to take advantage. He had one shot on goal, and only just managed to complete more than half his attempted passes, while losing most of his duels and aerial duels. Pretty ineffective.

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