As gameweek 33 came to an end in Serie A, Juventus’ lead at the top of the table was slashed to six points, following their draw with Sassuolo, coupled with Inter Milan’s big win over SPAL.
Meanwhile, AC Milan and Napoli are involved in a fierce fight for Europa League qualification, with both teams tied at 53 points.
Serie A gameweek 33 results:
Without further ado, let’s take a look at our Serie A Team of the Week for gameweek 33. The formation used for this team is 4-2-4.
Goalkeeper: Wojciech Szczęsny (Juventus)
The Juventus shot-stopper had a good outing in the 3-3 draw with Sassuolo. Even though Wojciech Szczęsny conceded three goals, he made the highest number of saves in the game (7). If not for the Polish international, the Old Lady’s lead at the top would have been five points and not six.
Right-back: Danilo (Juventus)
Danilo, who was signed from Manchester City at the start of the campaign, has turned out to be a vital player for Juventus in a season where the right-back spot has been rotated between him and Juan Cuadrado. The Brazilian has been consistent throughout the season and showed his brilliance in the 3-3 draw against Sassuolo by scoring a goal, making the highest number of tackles (3) and interceptions (5) in the game.
Centre-back: Alessio Romagnoli (AC Milan)
Alessio Romagnoli has arguably been the best player for AC Milan this season, with the Rossoneri being firmly in the hunt for Europa League qualification after a brilliant upturn in form in recent weeks. The Italian international scored his first goal of the season against Parma and led his team to a 3-1 win.
Centre-back: Kostas Manolas (Napoli)
Kostas Manolas was Napoli’s best player against Bologna and was influential at both ends of the pitch. The former Roma man scored a goal, managed the highest number of passes (60) and blocks (2) in the game, which ended in a 1-1 draw.
Left-back: Cristiano Biraghi (Inter Milan)
The Inter Milan left-back was is sublime form as the Nerazzurri destroyed SPAL 4-0 and reduced the gap with league leaders Juventus to six points. Cristiano Biraghi scored a goal, provided an assist and helped keep a clean sheet to make his mark at both ends of the pitch.
Central midfielder: Miralem Pjanic (Juventus)
Miralem Pjanic is in the final lap of his Juventus career as he has already agreed to join Barcelona at the end of the season. The mercurial Bosnian, who has dominated the Old Lady’s midfield all season, was at his best in the 3-3 draw against Sassuolo, with the Pjanic providing two lovely assists in the game.
Central midfielder: Mario Pasalic (Atalanta)
The Croatian midfielder, who made his move to Atalanta from Chelsea permanent last month, is enjoying a wonderful Serie A campaign. Mario Pasalic was in fine form against Brescia and scored his first career hat-trick in the 6-2 rout.
Right-winger: Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo)
Domenico Berardi had a brilliant all-round game as Sassuolo held Serie A leaders Juventus to a 3-3 draw. The Italian international scored a goal, provided an assist and also managed the highest number of recoveries in the game (8) – he was effective at both ends of the pitch.
Left-winger: Hakan Calhanoglu (AC Milan)
The AC Milan winger is finally performing consistently and that shows in AC Milan’s recent rise in form. Hakan Calhanoglu was at his best as the Rossoneri comprehensively beat Parma 3-1. The former Bayer Leverkusen man scored a goal, provided two assists, managed the third-highest number of passes (52) and the second-highest number of recoveries in the game (8).
Striker: Francesco Caputo (Sassuolo)
The Italian striker is in great form at the moment. Francesco Caputo tormented Juventus with his link-up play and ability to hold defenders so that others can join him in attack. The Sassuolo hitman scored his 17th goal and provided his seventh assist of the Serie A campaign as the Neroverdi held the Old Lady to a 3-3 draw.
Striker: Federico Bonazzoli (Sampdoria)
Federico Bonazzoli, who has mainly been used as Fabio Quagliarella’s understudy, grabbed his rare starting opportunity with both hands as he scored his first Serie A brace and helped Sampdoria to a comfortable 3-0 win over Cagliari. The young Italian has now scored five goals in 18 league games this season.
Here’s how our Serie A Team of the Week for gameweek 33 would line up: