The Best XI of Serie A Round 34: Ronaldo Salvages Win for Juventus

Another exciting and action-packed weekend has passed in Serie A, with teams entering the final month of the season. Inter clinched their first Scudetto in 11 years after beating Crotone on Saturday, while the battle for the remaining Champions League places is reaching its climax.

In the other matches of Round 34, Atalanta dropped two precious points against Sassuolo, whilst  Milan made their way back into the top four with a win against Benevento.

Here we take a look at the best statistical XI of Serie A Round 34 in collaboration with the FotMob app.

Goalkeeper – Andrea Consigli (Sassuolo)

Although the 34-year-old goalkeeper was unable to keep a clean sheet against Atalanta, he played a big part in securing Sassuolo a point against Atalanta.

Consigli made 6 saves on Sunday, including a crucial penalty save in the 77th minute, with the Italian conceding 2.06 expected goals (xGC). That means Consigli prevented Atalanta from scoring at least one more goal, which would have likely resulted in defeat.

FotMob rating – 8.4

Right-Back / Right Wing-Back – Achraf Hakimi (Inter)

Inter ended their 11-year Serie A title drought with a win over Crotone, and the Nerazzurri’s potential player of the season candidate Achraf Hakimi made his presence felt once again.

The Moroccan right wing-back scored his 7th Serie A goal of the season on Sunday, setting it his career best in terms of goals scored. In addition, Hakimi created one big scoring chance and completed a remarkable 95% of his passing attempts (41/43).

FotMob rating – 8.3

Right Center-Back – Milan Skriniar (Inter)

One of the reasons for Inter’s title success is their incredible defense. Antonio Conte’s side have conceded the fewest goals in Serie A this season with 29, and their Slovakian defender Milan Skriniar has played an integral part in that success.

The center-back had another solid game against Crotone, winning 6 out of 9 duels (66.6% success ratio) and recovering the ball 2 times. However, Skriniar made even more impact on the offensive end, completing a mind-blowing 98% of his passes (89/91), 13 of which entered the final third area.

FotMob rating – 7.6

Left Center-Back – Omar Colley (Sampdoria)

Sampdoria celebrated an impressive win over Roma on Sunday, beating the Europa League Semi-Finalists 2-0, with the Gambian defender Omar Colley making a solid contribution to prevent the Giallorossi from scoring.

The 28-year-old was solid defensively against Roma, winning 6 of 11 duels (54.5% success rate), intercepting the ball 4 times and recovering it on 9 occasions.

FotMob rating – 7.9

Left-Back / Left Wing-Back – Theo Hernandez (Milan)

After two defeats in their last Serie A matches, Milan found themselves outside the top four ahead of their game against Benevento.

The Rossoneri’s influential left-back Theo Hernandez played a big part in getting his team back on the winning track, as the Frenchman netted his 5th goal of the season on Saturday. Additionally, Hernandez created one big scoring chance and completed 91% of all passes (59/65).

FotMob rating – 8.2

Central Midfielder – Luis Alberto (Lazio)

Although it is looking likely that Lazio will not be able to qualify for Champions League next season, Simone Inzaghi’s men have not given up all hope yet. The Biancocelesti secured a high-scoring 4-3 win over Genoa on the weekend, and the central midfielder Luis Alberto was one of the driving forces behind his team’s attack.

The Spaniard scored and assisted Lazio’s fourth goal against Genoa in a complete attacking performance from the midfielder. Besides, the 28-year-old recorded 6 shot-creating actions and completed 13 progressive ball carries.

FotMob rating – 8.7

Central Attacking Midfielder – Hakan Calhanoglu (Milan)

Milan desperately needed their best players to step up on Saturday, and fortunately for the Rossoneri, two of them did just that. Joining his teammate Hernandez on the list is Hakan Calhanoglu, who opened the scoring against Benevento with his 5thgoal of the season.

The Turkish international was also impressive in other areas of the attack, as he managed to create one big goalscoring chance, played 2 key passes and was successful on 3 out of 3 dribble attempts (100% success rate).

FotMob rating – 8.5

Central Attacking Midfielder – Emanuel Vignato (Bologna)

It is rare that two players take all the credit when it comes to scoring and assisting goals. However, it is exactly what happened in a Bologna game in which two players accounted for all three goals and three assists.

The attacking midfielder Emanuel Vignato was one of them, as the Italian assisted all three Bologna goals in a 3-3 draw with Fiorentina. The 21-year-old youngster was the driving force behind the creative side of things on Sunday, completing 4 key passes and 4 passes into the penalty area.

FotMob rating – 9.5

Striker – Joaquin Correa (Lazio)

Lazio still dream of playing Champions League football next season is still alive and that is only possible thanks to the revival of one of their strikers.

The Argentine Joaquin Correa has scored 5 goals in his last 4 Serie A appearances, including a brace against Genoa on Sunday afternoon. The Lazio striker showed incredible forward instincts, scoring twice from just 3 shot attempts (66% goal conversion).

FotMob rating – 8.8

Striker – Rodrigo Palacio (Bologna)

How often do we see players score 75% of their season goals in a single game? The answer in this case is probably pretty obvious – not very often.

However, Bologna’s striker Rodrigo Palacio decided to take his chances and netted a hat-trick against Fiorentina, taking his season goal tally to 4. The Argentine showed an even better conversion rate than his countryman from Lazio, converting all 3 shot attempts with 100% accuracy.

FotMob rating – 9.6

Striker – Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

After three games without scoring, Cristiano Ronaldo delivered just when Juventus needed him most. The Bianconeri were 1-0 down against Udinese with seven minutes to go and saw their Champions League hopes dwindle on the horizon, but the Portuguese superstar scored twice in six minutes to keep Andrea Pirlo’s men in the race.

FotMob rating – 9.0