Serie A 22/23: Team of the Week – Matchday 5

Matchday 5 had some hugely entertaining games on offer, but which XI players shone brightest to make it into the Serie A Team of the Week?

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Fiorentina opened the fifth round of the 2022/23 Serie A campaign with a 1-1 draw at home to Juventus on Saturday afternoon. Later that evening, AC Milan defeated Inter 3-2 in the Derby della Madonnina and Napoli won 2-1 away to Lazio.

On Sunday, Bologna drew 2-2 away to Spezia, Verona beat Sampdoria 2-1, and Udinese thrashed AS Roma 4-0.

The round was completed on Monday with Atalanta winning 2-0 in one of the matches and La Dea subsequently earned the outright lead and sit alone at the top of the Serie A table.

Here is the Serie A Team of the Week for Matchday 5 of the 2022/23 season, which is deployed in the 4-3-3 formation. Let us know your thoughts!

Serie A 22/23 – Matchday 5 Team of the Week

Mike Maignan – AC Milan

The Frenchman was impressive throughout the Derby della Madonnina, but he truly came to life in the last 25 minutes, making a plethora of fantastic saves as Inter searched in vain for an equaliser.

Roberto Pereyra – Udinese

Provided experience as well as attacking spark from the right wing-back position. The Argentine was involved in the opening goal, which was scored by Destiny Udogie, and he also scored the third goal for the Zebrette.

Rafael Toloi – Atalanta

Solid at the back and adequate with his distribution. Won the most duels in the match against Monza with eight and all four long passes from defence were successful.

Kim Min-jae – Napoli

Effective at the back, limiting the attacking threat of Lazio alongside Amir Rrahmani, and he also scored the equaliser after Mattia Zaccagni had given the Biancocelesti an early lead.

Josh Doig – Hellas Verona

In his first match as a starter for the Gialloblu, the Scottish youngster easily evaded Sampdoria’s experienced right-back Bartosz Bereszynski numerous times and he scored the winning goal. He probably could have scored more if it was not for the saves of Blucerchiati goalkeeper Emil Audero.

Atalanta’s Merih Demiral and Rafael Toloi celebrate. (REUTERS/Daniele Mascolo)

Christian Kouame – Fiorentina

The Ivorian dazzled with his pace and creativity, and he scored the equaliser after running onto Riccardo Sottil’s delightful through-ball, then beat Juventus goalkeeper Mattia Perin with an angled drive.

Sandro Tonali – AC Milan

Impressed with his anticipation as well as his ball distribution, and he supplied the assist for Rafael Leao’s first goal.

Kvicha Kvaratskhelia – Napoli

The Georgian displayed his exquisite talents on the left-wing against Lazio, coming close to scoring twice with some impressive attempts before eventually scoring the winner for the Partenopei in the second half.

Napoli celebrate Kim Min-jae’s goal away at Lazio. (@en_sscnapoli)

Marko Arnautovic – Bologna

Although the Rossoblu are hovering near the relegation zone, the Austrian has been one of their bright spots in the early stages of the 2022/23 season. Arnautovic scored twice in the draw against Spezia, taking him on top of the Serie A goalscoring chart with five goals.

Olivier Giroud – AC Milan

The French veteran thrived on the big stage once again and he is developing a great understanding with left-winger Rafael Leao. He put the Rossoneri 2-1 up in the Milan derby, and he supplied the pass for Leao to go on and score the third Diavolo goal.

Rafael Leao – AC Milan

It was another inspirational performance from the Rossoneri winger. He found the back of the net twice against Inter and he supplied a low cross for Olivier Giroud to score the other Milan goal.

Serie A Table after Matchday 5

PosClubMPPts
1Atalanta513
2Napoli511
3AC Milan511
4Udinese510
5AS Roma510
6Torino510
7Juventus59
8Inter59
9Lazio58
10Salernitana56
11Fiorentina56
12Sassuolo56
13Verona55
14Spezia55
15Empoli54
16Bologna53
17Lecce52
18Sampdoria52
19Cremonese51
20Monza50

Serie A Matchday 5 Results

DateFixtures/Results
Saturday, September 3Fiorentina 1-1 Juventus
Saturday, September 3AC Milan 3-2 Inter
Saturday, September 3Lazio 1-2 Napoli
Sunday, September 4Cremonese 0-0 Sassuolo
Sunday, September 4Spezia 2-2 Bologna
Sunday, September 4Verona 2-1 Sampdoria
Sunday, September 4Udinese 4-0 AS Roma
Monday, September 5Monza 0-2 Atalanta
Monday, September 5Salernitana 2-2 Empoli
Monday, September 5Torino 1-0 Lecce

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