Here’s where we publish the top ratings picked up by Italian players in the country’s bestselling sports newspapers (La Gazzetta dello Sport, Corriere dello Sport and Tuttosport).
Simone VERDI (G 7,5; C 8; T 8) BOLOGNA-CHIEVOVERONA 4-1
If there were any doubts still surrounding his recent call-up to the Italian national team, then Simone Verdi did his utmost to dispel them on Sunday. During Bologna’s thrilling home encounter against Chievo, the 24-year-old was absolutely superb. Whilst his team initially struggled during the opening half, Verdi helped spring them to life in the second. He initially scored a vital equaliser in the 61st minute, before then producing a superb assist for Dzemaili in the 72nd minute, as he strode confidently into the vacant opposition half and played an intelligent through-ball to his advancing teammate.
Lorenzo INSIGNE (G 7,5; C 7,5; T 7,5) EMPOLI-NAPOLI 2-3
A splendid performance from Lorenzo the Magnificent, as he once again proved his importance to this wicked Partenopei attack. Before taking part in Italy’s upcoming two matches against Albania and the Netherlands, Insigne effortlessly scored a fine brace during Napoli’s exciting away win over Empoli, which consequently pushed them further towards a probable Champions League qualification spot.
Federico DI FRANCESCO (G 7; C 7; T 7) BOLOGNA-CHIEVOVERONA 4-1
His second-half arrival played a key role in inspiring Bologna’s empathic comeback on Sunday, as the Italian youngster got his name on the scoresheet for the second week running. His selfless style of play also led to an assist for Dzemaili, as the Rossoblu ultimately ran out 4-1 winners. Italy’s Under-21 coach Luigi Di Biagio will no doubt be excited by Di Francesco’s recent development.