The Best XI of Serie A Round 7: Verona Trio Produce Big Win

The final round of Serie A fixtures before the second international break produced some of the most entertaining games of the new season so far.

The key battle of the weekend was the clash between Milan and Atalanta, which the Rossoneri won 3-2 to go second in the standings. In addition, Napoli prolonged their remarkable early form, recording their seventh win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Fiorentina.

Here we take a look at the best statistical XI of Serie A Round 7 in collaboration with the FotMob app.

Goalkeeper – Lorenzo Montipò (Verona)

The 25-year-old kept his first clean sheet of the season after conceding 14 goals in his last 5 games. Verona put in an impressive attacking performance against Spezia, scoring four without conceding, but Montipò was equally impressive on the other end of the pitch.

The Italian stopped 4 opponent shots, 3 of which were diving saves, equating to 2.23 Expected Goals Conceded (xGC), meaning the Verona goalkeeper saved his team 2 goals.

FotMob Rating – 8.0

Right-Back / Right Wing-Back – Davide Calabria (Milan)

Milan remain one of three teams yet to suffer a defeat this season. The 3-2 win over Atalanta at the weekend was an emphatic victory for the Rossoneri, and Davide Calabria’s first-minute goal was the key moment of the game.

The Italian right-back opened his season account with a goal and also created 1 big scoring chance. Adding to that, he recorded a shot accuracy of 67%, with 2 of his 3 shots hitting the target, made 6 ball recoveries and won 4 duels.

FotMob Rating – 8.3

Right Center-Back – Martin Caceres (Cagliari)

Cagliari remain the only team yet to pick up a win this season. Walter Mazzarri’s men collected only their third point with a 1-1 draw against Venezia at the weekend.

The right-sided center-back contributed an assist, his first of the season, despite Cagliari failing to keep a clean sheet. The Uruguayan also won 80% of his duels (4/5) and made a remarkable 12 ball recoveries.

FotMob Rating – 8.1

Left Center-Back – Arthur Theate (Bologna)

Bologna were one of the surprise teams at the weekend, securing an emphatic 3-0 win over Lazio. Two of their players made it into the best statistical XI of Round 7, and the left center-back Arthur Theate is the first on the list.

The young Belgian scored and assisted against Lazio and was also a solid presence at the back, winning 6 duels, making 3 clearances and recovering the ball 7 times.

FotMob Rating – 8.8

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

Every time Milan pull of a big win, the team’s left-back Theo Hernandez is almost always one of the best players in the Rossoneri squad.

The game against Atalanta was no exception, with the Frenchman recording his third assist of the season. The Milan full-back also completed 75% of his passes, won 5 duels and recovered the ball 5 times.

FotMob Rating – 8.1

Attacking Midfielder – Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Roma)

Roma picked up their fifth win of the season at the weekend, defeating Empoli 2-0. Mourinho’s men are the third highest scoring team in the league, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan is one of their most important players in this regard.

The Armenian international was the decisive factor against Empoli, scoring his second goal of the season and also providing the second assist. Mkhitaryan also recorded an outstanding 97% pass success rate, completing 59 of his 61 pass attempts.

FotMob Rating – 8.5

Attacking Midfielder – Lorenzo Pellegrini (Roma)

Joining his teammate in attack is Roma’s another attacking midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini.

The 25-year-old opened the scoring on Sunday, notching his fourth goal of the season. Pellegrini is now sitting fourth in the Serie A scoring charts, behind only Edin Dzeko, Ciro Immobile and Lautaro Martinez.

FotMob Rating – 8.7

Left Winger – Musa Barrow (Bologna)

Bologna have made a relatively impressive start to the season and currently sit ninth in the table with 3 wins and 11 points.

The outstanding 3-0 win over Lazio is largely thanks to one man – Musa Barrow. The Gambian international scored and assisted twice on Sunday, as well as completed 95% of his pass attempts (19/20).

FotMob Rating – 9.0

Forward – Gianluca Caprari (Verona)

Verona recorded their biggest win of the season so far at the weekend, beating Spezia 4-0. However, it was far from the dominant performance one could have expected, as Verona managed to score four goals from just six shots during the 90 minutes.

Gianluca Caprari was among those who had 2 attempts on goal, scoring his second goal of the season against Spezia. The Italian also registered an assist and completed 95% of his pass attempts.

FotMob Rating – 8.4

Forward – Giovanni Simeone (Verona)

Verona’s second forward, who was incredibly effective with his shooting against Spezia, is Giovanni Simeone.

The Italian scored and assisted at the weekend, increasing his season tally to 2 goals and 2 assists.  Impressively, Simeone only needed a single shot worth 0.21 xG to score his goal.

FotMob Rating – 8.2

Forward – Fabio Quagliarella (Sampdoria)

At the weekend, Sampdoria were involved in one of the most entertaining games of the season so far, a 3-3 draw with Udinese at home.

The 38-year-old Italian legend striker Fabio Quagliarella played a big part in Sampdoria picking up only their sixth point of the season, as he managed to score and provide an assist as well.

FotMob Rating – 8.5