Serie A Top 5 Players of the Week | Kvaratskhelia, Danilo and Barella, who comes out on top?

Another action packed Serie A game week has passed and it was a game week which had us all on the edge of our seats, from Bologna giving Napoli the toughest challenge they’ve encountered to Juventus finally picking up a win in the Turin derby no less.

Atalanta and Milan also won which sees them remain within touching distance of league highflyers Napoli, while Inter beat Salernitana to keep them in the conversation.

There were so many top quality performances over the weekend but who were the top five? GIFN look here at who the weekend’s top five performers were.

Notable exclusions and honourable mentions are Dusan Vlahovic, Hakan Calhanoglu, Piotr Zielinski and Sebastiano Luperto.

 

5 | Vanja Milinkovic-Savic

Vanja had the game of his life between the sticks for Torino against Juventus in the Turin derby, making seven saves, keeping the scoreline to a respectable level. Ultimately his worldbeating performance wasn’t enough as Juventus won 1-0 in the end but nonetheless a performance the 25-year-old Serbian should be proud of.

 

TURIN, ITALY – OCTOBER 15: Vanja Milinkovic-Savic of Torino FC reacts during the Serie A match between Torino FC and Juventus at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on October 15, 2022 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images)

Vanja will be hoping his performance isn’t a one off, and he can push on to match the quality of the other Milinkovic-Savic in the league.

4 | Danilo

Danilo had a great game for Juventus at the weekend, assisting Vlahovic’s winner but also being so solid defensively. In defense he contributed three clearances, two interceptions and five tackles and he also won 7/8 duels and was one of the main factors in Juventus picking up not only the three points but a clean sheet too. 

MILAN, ITALY – OCTOBER 08: Luiz Da Silva Danilo of Juventus FC gestures during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Juventus at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on October 08, 2022 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

He makes fourth in this list due to the importance of the win he contributed so much to for his team. Juventus aren’t used to being in the position they currently find themselves in, and will need lots more performances like Danilo’s if they are to move closer to where they expect to be.

3 | Brandon Soppy

Brandon Soppy was pivotal in Atalanta’s 2-1 win over Sassuolo, a win which saw them stay within striking distance of league leaders Napoli. Soppy contributed the two assists for Lookman and Pasalic’s goals, he also made five key passes and had a 81% pass accuracy.

Atalanta’s French forward Brandon Soppy controls the ball during the Italian Serie A football match between Monza and Atalanta at the U-Power stadium in Monza on September 5, 2022. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Soppy has enjoyed Atalanta’s impressive form to date, which sees them as surprising title contenders after 10 games played.

2 | Nicolo Barella

Nicolo Barella was at his indisputable best against Salernitana. The Italian scored and assisted as Inter won 2-0, the touch for the goal being particularly satisfying. Barella was very involved as he attempted 52 passes, completing an impressive 48 of them. 

Inter Milan’s Italian midfielder Nicolo Barella reacts during the Italian Serie A football match between Inter Milan and Salernitana on October 16, 2022 at the Giuseppe-Meazza (San Siro) stadium in Milan. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

Barella will need to continue this form if Inter want to gain ground on the run away sides in Napoli or Atalanta as the Nerazzurri look to regain the Scudetto they failed to retain last season.

1 | Khvicha Kvaratskhelia

Kvara or ‘Kvaradona’ as he is being coined more and more recently, had another brilliant game against Bologna on Sunday. Khvicha assisted Victor Osimhen’s goal which turned out to be the winner. Additionally, his directness also was pivotal in creating the second goal, and should’ve had an assist only for Mario Rui to hit the crossbar.

NAPLES, ITALY – OCTOBER 12: Khvicha Kvaratskhelia of SSC Napoli during the UEFA Champions League group A match between SSC Napoli and AFC Ajax at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona on October 12, 2022 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Kvara was a constant threat down the left for Napoli, completing five dribbles and having six key passes as well as three big chances created. Due to all of this, Kvara grabs top spot in the first ‘GIFN Top 5’.

Jonathan Maze | GIFN

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