WITH the season gone by and every equation regarding relegation and CL solved, I thought it would be interesting to look back at this year and point out some figures that excelled in the Serie A. Focus is always on the players, so most of you already know the outstanding players of this season, but I’ll focus on the men on the backstage.
Given that Milan won the Scudetto, it’s no surprise if Allegri were to be picked manager of the year in the Serie A. He reinvented the team and our playing style, but he also gave some players motivation to dig deeper and give their best on the pitch. Some might say it was boring or too safe at times, but it was wildly effective as well. Proof ? the best defense in Serie A and only 4 losses in the whole season, the second team with most goals scored right behind Leo’s “Kamikaze offensive tactics”.
Of course, this is not only due to Allegri. Mauro Tassoti, a Milan legend, deserves a lot of credit as well for the improvement of Abate, who was key this season for our defense. I can’t wait to see what he’ll do with Urby or Vila. And for the attack, we have to thank Uncle Fester for providing Allegri with the proper tools, both in the summer and the winter’s transfer markets.
However, a good coach doesn’t only prepares his team, but also studies his opponents, specially the ones that are likely to cause some damage or leave a scar. In my opinion these were the best sides of the Serie A this season, of course right after Milan.
Lets go south, to Napoli, where coach Walter Mazzari made an incredible achievement. He didn’t only kept Napoli as a contender for the Scudetto for a huge part of the season, but also he managed to qualify for a very well deserved spot in the CL. Of course, the talent in the Napoli squad is undeniable, with young talents like Hamsik, Lavezzi and Cavani and the expirience of De Sanctis, Maggio, Cannavaro and Pazienza, it’s no surprise how they got there.
North to the East, we find ourselves in Udine. Guidolin made a young team led by experienced and in shape Di Natale to reach the CL. He did it while playing a very entertaining and offensive football, something that is hard to do nowadays. Given that the average age of Udinese’s starting eleven is around the mid 20’s, this team has a lot of room to improve, and if they were to keep their best players for next season, they’ll be a team to take in account.
Finally, two teams that managed to have a relatively good season given their squad depth and the limited amount of talent at their disposal : Lazio who had a big first half of the season and has to me a pretty solid squad, and Cesena that played entertaining football and managed to stay in Serie A despite the fact that they have no depth in their squad.
Although there are many talented coaches in the Serie A this season, I think that with Allegri we found a keeper. His discrete attitude in the press room, and his likability remind me a lot of Ancelotti, and although some might say he could have done even better this season in the CL or the Coppa Italia, remember it’s just the beginning. He can be one of the greatest rossoneri coaches in the same list as Capello, Sacchi, Zacheroni or Ancelotti and bring more glory to Milan.
A little bit of history :
“La Panchina D’Oro” is the award given to the best coach of the year in the Serie A. It’s decided by all the coaches in the Serie A. The last winner : José Mourinho. The team with most winners : AC Milan with 5.
It might be because I’m rossonero, but I think that this year’s “Panchina D’Oro” will go to Allegri with Guidolin and Mazzari as his contenders. He has already won it twice, and if he was to win again, he would be the coach with the biggest amount of Panchine.