Serie A Round 23

17 Feb

And last but not least, on to Serie A. There hasn’t been a great amount of changes since the Round 22 update but one thing that did catch my eye is the different approach to the loan system in Italy. You can probably guess what’s coming – yep, an on loan player scored against their parent club, and it proved decisive.

Chile’s Mauricio Pinilla (see striker, journeyman) is now onto his 13th professional club in his 7th different country. Hearts fans may remember him from a brief spell in Edinburgh in 2007, but it’s in Italy where he’s currently plying his trade. After 10 goals in 35 Serie A games for Palermo, he was deemed surplus to requirements and shipped off to Sardinian club Cagliari. Last weekend, Pinilla scored the first goal in a 2-1 win against his owners, a win that takes Cagliari within a point of Palermo. He also has goals against Inter Milan (Palermo) and AS Roma (Cagliari) this season, which suggest that he perhaps has the mentality for the big occasion.

However, with just 4 league goals (worth a decent 4 points), he doesn’t register on the Average Oppostion Index scorers table.

After 23 games it’s a striker that Palermo did decide to keep that’s proving to be the Big Game Player. As per last week, Fabrizio Miccoli continues to lead the way with an average ranked opponent per goal of 6.50. He also leads the way with goals against the Top 6 teams, with an impressive 7 goals.

Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio remains the Flat Track Bully, with an AOI score of 13.33, and no goals against the Top 6 teams. It’s perhaps telling that Juventus only have 2 players with 6 goals or more as they’ve lost top spot in the league. Despite being unbeaten all season, they’re trailing AC Milan who have already lost 4 games. Juventus have drawn 10 games, and it’s the lack of goals that’s costing them dear – they have 33 goals, which is only 7th best. AC Milan have 45.

It’ll be interesting to see how the season finishes. There’s certainly a lot of good will towards Juventus after the Calciopoli scandal, but AC Milan are the reigning champions, and certainly the best attacking team.

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