By Alison ChinFollow @@AlisonChin9
The Milan derby took centre stage over the weekend, with Andrea Stramaccioni's Inter Milan side nicking a 1-0 victory over their city rivals despite finishing the game with 10 men after Yuto Nagatomo's dismissal. The game between Fiorentina and Bologna concluded with a similar result, in favour of Vincenzo Montella's team who move up to fifth spot in the table.
Juventus and Chievo had to rely on late goals from Claudio Marchisio and David Di Michele to see off Siena and Sampdoria respectively, while Udinese coach Francesco Guidolin was left frustrated as his team lost out 2-1 to Napoli.
The players are lined up in a 3-5-2 formation.
GK: Samir Ujkani (Palermo)
Although the Albanian failed to keep out Marco Borriello's equalizer in their game against Genoa, he saved Gian Piero Gasperini's team from certain defeat after a dastardly showing from the Palermo defence. The custodian displayed brilliant reflexes to stop a shocking backward header from team-mate Ezequiel Munoz, before he kept his cool in a one-on-one situation against Ciro Immobile.
CB: Daniele Bonera (AC Milan)
The Rossoneri defence were stunned by an early Walter Samuel goal, but improved their showing as the game wore on, thanks in part to the composure of Bonera. The Italian made sure his presence was always felt by Diego Milito, unsettling the Inter striker on several occasions. Bonera could have had a hand in his team's equalizer too, had Kevin-Prince Boateng's finish possessed more accuracy after meeting the defender's cut-back.
CB: Walter Samuel (Inter Milan)
In a derby where the likes of Antonio Cassano and Stephan El Shaarawy were expected to shine, Samuel made sure the spoils went the way of Stramaccioni's team when he rose the highest to send Esteban Cambiasso's cross past a flailing Christian Abbiati. His defensive abilities were just as integral to Inter's win, especially during the last 20 minutes when the Nerazzurri faced an onslaught of Milan attacks as a result of their numerical disadvantage.
CB: Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus)
The Bianconeri headed into their game against Siena on a 45-game unbeaten run, a record that could have easily been broken by Emanuele Calaio's performance had it not been for Chiellini's efforts. The Siena attacker was a constant threat to Gianluigi Buffon's goal, but an alert performance from Chiellini ensured that Calaio only managed to get on the score-sheet once. The Bianconeri central defender then popped up in the Siena penalty area in the 85th minute to assist Claudio Marchisio's winning goal by heading down Sebastian Giovinco's left-wing cross.
CM: Andrea Pirlo (Juventus)
While critics have pointed out that Pirlo's influence appears to have diminished considerably this season, the Italian's performance against Siena indicates he still has what it takes to turn games in Juventus' favour. Pirlo gifted his team the lead early the first half by sending a trademark free kick into the bottom corner of the net, and could have completed his brace four minutes from the break had his curling effort not hit the woodwork.
CM: Claudio Marchisio (Juventus)
With club-mate Pirlo drawing most of the plaudits, Marchisio's conscientiousness is often overlooked. Nonetheless, that has not stopped the 26-year old from turning in yet another outstanding performance this week, topping it off with a fully-deserved volleyed winner.
AM: Riccardo Montolivo (AC Milan)
The midfielder was at the heart of every Milan attack in their derby fixture and could consider himself hard done not to end up on the winning side. Testing Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic on numerous occasions during the game, Montolivo popped up with what should have been his team's equalizer had referee Paolo Valeri not strangely blown for a foul on Rossoneri team-mate Urby Emmanuelson. The dispute did not rattle the former Fiorentina player, as he continued to keep sent Handanovic on his toes for the rest of the game, but failed to alter the eventual outcome.
AM: Hernanes (Lazio)
Unlike Montolivo, Hernanes had much better luck getting onto the score-sheet, as the Lazio man opened the scoring for his team from a free kick just five minutes into their game with Pescara. Not content with giving Lazio the lead, Hernanes stepped up to drift in a threatening corner that was easily converted by Miroslav Klose for the German's first of two goals.
AM: Marek Hamsik (Napoli)
The Slovakian was his usual influential self in Napoli's win over Udinese, ghosting in between opposition defenders and testing Zeljko Brkic whenever he was presented with the opportunity. As such, it came as little surprise when he opened the scoring for Walter Mazzarri's men just past the half-hour mark, by sending Christian Maggio's ball into the back of the net.
ST: Stefan Jovetic (Fiorentina)
The Juventus target showed just how he got on the shopping list of the Serie A champions by running riot against Bologna. Meeting Matias Fernandez's cross early in the first half, Jovetic coolly gave Fiorentina the lead. As the game wore on, the Bologna defence struggled to keep him quiet, and the forward could have finished with a hat-trick had it not been for opposition goalkeeper Federico Agliardi.
ST: Miroslav Klose (Lazio)
One of the most experienced strikers currently plying his trade in Serie A, Klose's brace ensured his team stayed within touching distance of Napoli and Juventus in the league table. The former Bayern Munich player's first goal was a textbook example of composure as he rounded Pescara goalkeeper Mattia Perin, before rising above his marker to head home his second midway through the first half.