Serie A Team of the Season – Part 1: Goalkeepers and Defenders

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As predicted, Serie A finished with a thrilling finale which saw Empoli relegated despite a battling performance away at Inter, Atalanta reach the Champions League for the first time ever, and Milan narrowly miss out on a top-four spot to their Nerazzurri rivals.

As the season has now drawn to a close, it is time to look at the best performers in the Italian top-flight, as Football Index constructs their team of the season in a 3-4-3 formation.

 

Goalkeeper – Salvatore Sirigu (£0.30)

 

Empoli stopper Bartłomiej Drągowski put in a sublime performance during that aforementioned match at San Siro on Sunday night, but regular Serie A viewers will not have been surprised. The 21-year-old has been in excellent form since he joined the club from neighbours Fiorentina in January, sparking interest in the player from a number of high profile clubs.

Yet the award for the top Serie A goalkeeper simply has to go to Torino stopper Salvatore Sirigu, who has enjoyed arguably his best-ever campaign at the age of 32. The Granata conceded just 37 goals this term as they secured seventh place in the league, a staggering nine less than 3rd-place Atalanta.

Sirigu was instrumental in the 15 clean sheets that his side managed this term, earning him a place in Roberto Mancini’s latest Italy squad.

Honourable mentions: Alessio Cragno (Cagliari), Alex Meret (Napoli), Bartłomiej Drągowski (Empoli)

 

Central Defenders – Kalidou Koulibaly (£1.31), Giorgio Chiellini (£0.32), Milan Skriniar (£0.80).

 

Reports suggest that Napoli have rejected €90 million in offers from Real Madrid and Manchester United for central defender Kalidou Koulibaly, in addition to assurances from Coach Carlo Ancelotti that the star will remain at the club next season. His performances this season have continued to be sensational, and his place in this Serie A XI goes without saying.

Meanwhile, the legendary “BBC” defensive trio of Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, and Giorgio Chiellini has been dismantled with the retirement of the first on that list, but this has done nothing to stop the latter. He may be advancing in years, but Chiellini has once again proven his intelligent and accurate play in the heart of the Juventus defence.

Now that coach Max Allegri has left the club, the Bianconeri will be relying on the experience of this veteran player even more as they look to move forward towards their stated aim of winning the Champions League next season.

In-demand Milan Skriniar of Inter surprised many by negotiating a contract renewal with the Nerazzurri without using an agent, suggesting that he is more than happy to remain at San Siro next season. This news comes despite interest from the likes of Real Madrid after another superb season from the 24-year-old, placing him in the league’s best XI.

“I’m happy and proud to be able to wear this shirt for three more years,” the Slovakian defender told Sky Sport Italia after renewing until 2023.

Honourable Mentions: Armando Izzo (Torino), Francesco Acerbi (Lazio)

To read part 2 of my team of the season, click here! 

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Chloe Beresford is a freelance Serie A writer who has been featured in Mundial magazine, Guardian Sport and in addition to Football Index, regularly contributes to The Sportsman, Tifo Football, Football Whispers and more. She supports Fiorentina and can often be found in the Curva Fiesole as well as attending as many other matches on the peninsula as possible.

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