Football Season Review

Champions: Juventus

A 9th consecutive Scudetto for Juventus but this was the least convincing of their dynasty. Having won the previous 8 titles under Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri - the club took a dramatic change of direction by appointing Maurizio Sarri. This was seemingly under the guise of playing more attractive football - in contrast to the more pragmatic approach of his predecessors. There were some early signs of the new style coming to fruition in a thrilling 4-3 win over Sarri's former club Napoli in the second game but those ended up being few and far between. At times Juve looked like a team who were stuck between trying to adopt their new manager's expansive ethos and sticking to the hardline "win at all costs" principles that they've been so used to for years. The Bianconeri must take some credit for going unbeaten in their first 14 Serie A matches - winning 11 of them. They flexed their superiority over former boss Conte's new Inter Milan side by doing the double over them and they were generally the strongest side in Italian yet again but there was just something missing. The Coronavirus pandemic struck at arguably the worst time for Juve - having just claimed that second win over Inter in the league. When the season resumed - their problems seemed amplified. They lost the Coppa Italia final to Napoli, limped over the finish line in Serie A with some terrible inconsistent form and then the most painful defeat came in the Champions League. Considered the holy grail for the Old Lady - for the second year running they were dumped out by a younger more vibrant team in Lyon. The Lyon defeat ended Juve's season and immediately ended Sarri's reign in charge. It never seemed the right fit from the start and he wasn't really given the players to suit his style of play. New midfielders Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot were in and out of the team whilst Matthijs de Ligt had some shaky moments at the back. Cristiano Ronaldo continued to provide the goods with an incredible 37 goals across all competitions having turned 35 years old. The Bianconeri have become heavily reliant on him. Although Paulo Dybala also had an excellent season before he got injured towards the end - reminding everyone of the player he promised to be. Another surprising appointment followed Sarri's departure but this one is likely to be a lot more popular with club legend Andrea Pirlo taking the reigns. He has no experience at this level but will surely be given backing by both the fans and the club.

Player of the Season: Cristiano Ronaldo