It was a season like no other, an average of 3.04 goals per game was scored and for the first time in 13 years, the European Golden Boot came to Italy courtesy of Ciro Immobile.
Below is our combined standout XI team of the season in a 4-3-3 formation for the Serie A 2019/20 season;
1. Tomasz Szczesny (GK – Goal Keeper):
With a shaky defence, Juventus always needed someone having undoubtedly goalkeeping skills to raise in case of sloppy displays by the backline. In Szczesny, they had this man, the 30-year-old displayed world-class performances to keep his team in winning positions in many games.
His absence was usually felt when the Bianconeri fielded veteran shot-stopper, Gigi Buffon. The Polish managed 11 clean-sheets in 29 appearances for the Old Lady this season.
2. Robin Gosens (LB – Left-back):
Gosens is one of the revelations of the season. The Atalanta man has been so impressive this season that he is a subject of transfer talk for clubs looking to cheaper alternatives at the left flank.
Though he played as LWB for the season, a position most known for its offensive duties, his defensive numbers were also exciting that he would comfortably fit into the LB position. The 26-year-old German averaged 1.6 successful tackles and 1.1 interceptions per game.
Offensively, Gosens managed 17 goal involvements with 9 goals and 8 assists. He averaged 1.5 shots, 1.2 key passes and 0.5 successful dribbles per game.
3. Stefano de Vrij (CB – Centre-back):
In the heart of the League’s best defence was the towering Dutch defender, Stefano de Vrij. He featured 32 times for the Nerazzurri helping them to achieve 13 clean-sheets and concede only 32 goals, the lowest conceded by any team in the league.
The 28-year-old defender is a good example a modern Centre Back having averaged 2.9 long balls, 48.9 successful passes per game and an overall passing accuracy of 91.8%.
Defensively he averaged 3.4 shot blocks per game and was only dribbled passed 0.4 times per game on average. He was also involved in goals four times.
4. Simon Kjær (Centre Back):
The Danish Centre Back initially joined the Rossoneri on loan from Sevilla in January but after fantastic displays in the initial 9 games, he was hooked up permanently by the Milano side and featured in 5 more games to the end of the season.
He rose in Milan’s pecking order after Mussachio suffered subsequent injuries earlier this year. Kjær brought balance in Milan’s defence whereby he complemented captain Alessio Romagnoli very well in that he covered up all his (Romagnoli) weakness.
He averaged 3.4 clearances, 1.1 blocks, 1 interception, 1.5 successful tackles per game. Out of his 15 League outings for Milan, he helped the club attain 12 wins, 2 draws, 1 lose and 5 clean-sheets.
5. Juan Cuadrado (Right Back):
We can all agree the 2019/20 season was a great one for most right-backs in the league with only a few top-quality ones managing a seal a permanent starting slot in their team’s starting XI.
Cuadrado makes it to our season’s ultimate team because he sealed down a starting role at the right flank of the defence though he has played as an offensive right-wing midfielder for most of his career until this season when Juventus Manager Maurizio Sarri slotted him into the RB position.
After this change, he gave the manager and the club a permanent solution to their right-back issues driving them forward to Championship triumph. He contributed 2 goals and 5 assists this season as a right-back.
6. Ismael Bennacer (CM – Centre Midfielder):
Bennacer is one of the biggest breakthroughs in the U23 stars of the 2019/20 season. The star has the attributes of a future midfielder, a hard tackler, great passer and dribbler of the ball, disciplined in terms of positioning on the pitch.
At Milan he has been assigned with helping out with defensive duties, he has done this quite well since he has been involved upfront only once this season.
He has managed an average of 2.2 tackles and 1.7 interceptions per game. He has completed averagely 2.4 successful dribbles, been fouled 1.2 times, dispossessed 1 time per game.
Bennacer had a passing accuracy of 88.3%, he also managed an average of 3.4 long balls per game. On the side note, he has fouled opponents 1.5 times per 90 minutes earning him 14 bookings this season.
7. Luis Alberto (RMF – Right Midfielder):
The Spaniard has had the liberty of roaming anywhere in the Lazio midfield. He has been the biggest creative force and at a certain point looked like it was going to be a glorious season for the Biancocelesti.
Alberto was the top provider for Lazio with 15 assists and only second to Alejandro “Papu” Gomez in the League standings. Not only did he help others with finding the back of the net, but he also scored himself 6 goals. He averaged 2.7 shots, 2.9 key passes, 2 successful dribbles, 3.1 long balls, 1.2 successful crosses and 0.4 through balls per game.
8. Alejandro “Papu” Gomez (LMF – Left Midfielder):
What is a Calcio Team of the season without the Atalanta captain? Most of the offensive success of the Bergamese side has been up to how much freedom the small Argentine has been limited to in offensive positions.
Gomez averaged 2.6 shots, 2.8 key passes, 1.8 successful dribbles, 2.1 long balls, 1.8 successful crosses. To show how important he is to Atalanta, he has been fouled 2.1 times per 90 minutes. He has assisted 16 and scored 7 goals. Bergamese Genius.
9. Paulo Dybala (RF):
At the beginning of the season, Juve’s manager was not convinced and ready to assign shirt 10 a starting role in his team. But on many occasions, when he came on as a substitute in games which looked like they would not end in Juve’s favour, Dybala turned them around.
In an average of 3 shots and 2.1 key passes per game, Dybala managed 11 goals, 6 assists and 3 Man of the Match performances in 25 Serie A appearances in which he came off the bench 8 times.
10. Cristiano Ronaldo (LF):
Ronaldo became the highest-scoring Juve player in a single Serie A league with 31 goals in 6.3 shots per 90 minutes this season.
The Portuguese also had 10 Man of the Match Awards to his belts propelling Juve to its 9th successive Scudetto.
11. Ciro Immobile (CF):
There is nothing new to tell you about the Italian forward but to remind you of what a season it has been to him. With 36 goals, Immobile joined Gonzalo Higuain(Napoli) in 2015/16 and Gino Rossetti(Torino) in 1928/29 as the highest Serie A scorers in a single season. The star player won his third career Capocannoniere in the just-concluded 2019/20 season.
12. Gian Piero Gasperini (Coach):
Gasperini is undoubtedly the best in his department this Calcio season. The Italian gaffer just let Atalanta to the best season in its history.
Notable Mentions: S. Handanovic, T. Hernandez, F. Acerbi, M. Kumbulla, Marco Feraoni, S. Amrabat, R. Malinovskiy, M. Pessina, A. Rebic, D. Zapata, J. Ilicic, Ivan Juric (Hellas Verona Head Coach)
Author: Katende Basajjabaka
Katende writes about sports and occasionally technology.