It don't matter if you're black or white.

This 2019/2020 Serie A Matchday 2 team of the week is published without colour in solidarity with football players who suffered racial discrimination in Italy and beyond. We fight on. 

4-4-2 | Luigi Sepe (8.57, Udinese vs Parma); Danilo Luiz (8.07, Juventus vs Napoli), Cristian Zapata (7.92, Genoa vs Fiorentina), Kevin Bonifazi (7.97, Atalanta vs Torino), Kwadwo Asamoah (7.98, Cagliari vs Inter Milan); Riccardo Orsolini (8.52, Bologna vs SPAL 2013), Roberto Soriano (8.02, Bologna vs SPAL 2013), Daniele Baselli (8.10, Atalanta vs Torino), Gervinho Yao Kouassi (8.53, Udinese vs Parma); Domenico Berardi (9.42, Sassuolo vs Sampdoria), Duvan Zapata (8.06, Atalanta vs Torino)

LUIGI SEPE

@luigisepe

Player rating: 8.57
Team score: Udinese 1–3 Parma 
Individual highlights: 9 total saves

DANILO LUIZ

@daniluiz2

Player rating: 8.07 
Team score: Juventus 4–3 Napoli
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 3 dribbles

"

I told Cristiano Ronaldo jokingly that I wanted the number 7 shirt, but it was already taken. He welcomed me to Turin with a smile and said I've arrived at a magnificent club.

Cristiano spoke about this club as like a big family and that really drew me here. Playing alongside stars of his level gives you extra motivation."

– Danilo Luiz on reuniting with Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus

Douglas Costa assist Danilo Luiz goal, Juventus vs Napoli, Serie A 2019/2020
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CRISTIAN ZAPATA

@zapatacristian

Player rating: 7.92
Team score: Genoa 2–1 Fiorentina
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 3 interceptions

KEVIN BONIFAZI

@torinofc1906

Player rating: 7.97
Team score: Atalanta 2–3 Torino
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 6 clearances

KWADWO ASAMOAH

@asamoahkwadwo

Player rating: 7.98
Team score: Cagliari 1–2 Inter
Individual highlights: 7 dribbles, 4 tackles

"

I've been in Italy for many years and every season such episodes of fan racism happen. Mentally I try to shut them out during games but we cannot pretend they're not there.

In my opinion we should learn from what other countries have done to combat them. It's something that would greatly improve Italian football."

– Kwadwo Asamoah on fan racism in Italian football

RICCARDO ORSOLINI

@officialbolognafc

Player rating: 8.53
Team score: Bologna 1–0 SPAL 
Individual highlights: 1 assist, 5 key passes

ROBERTO SORIANO

@officialbolognafc

Player rating: 8.02
Team score: Bologna 1–0 SPAL
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 5 aerials won

DANIELE BASELLI

@torinofc1906

Player rating: 8.10
Team score: Atalanta 2–3 Torino
Individual highlights: 2 assists, 5 clearances

GERVINHO YAO KOUASSI

@gervinhofficial

Player rating: 8.53
Team score: Udinese 1–3 Parma
Individual highlights: 1 goal, 1 assist

"

Gervinho Yao Kouassi played for Lille and ended up at Arsenal, so I’m on the same path.

Him, Kolo Toure, and Emmanuel Eboue are the major players from Ivory Coast and are definitely examples to us young Ivorians. I hope we'll continue to follow these examples."

– Nicolas Pepe on following in Gervinho Yao Kouassi’s footsteps in European football

Dejan Kulusevski assist Gervinho Yao Kouassi goal, Udinese vs Parma, Serie A 2019/2020
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Gervinho Yao Kouassi assist Roberto Inglese goal, Udinese vs Parma, Serie A 2019/2020
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DOMENICO BERARDI

@viveredifantacalcio

Player rating: 9.42
Team score: Sassuolo 4–1 Sampdoria
Individual highlights: 3 goals, 4 shots on target

DUVAN ZAPATA

@duvanzapata91

Player rating: 8.06
Team score: Atalanta 2–3 Torino
Individual highlights: 2 goals, 6 shots

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