Football Season Review

Champions: Zenit

Zenit easily won third title in a row, with the Blue-White-Sky Blues rock solid at home all season (best home record in the league) and solid enough on the road to suffer just 2 away defeats. The combination of the best defensive record and the best attack was always going to make it easy for Semak and his men with Zenit taking control of things early after 7 wins and just 1 defeat in the first 11 rounds. Azmoun and Dzyuba fought for the Golden Boot all season and in the end the latter won this personal trophy in the last round when he scored 4 goals. Still Azmoun was probably the more important striker this term as he scored many crucial goals in derby games. Driussi had season plagued by injuries and his impact was minimal, but in his second year at the club Malcom was excellent on the wing, with summer signing Wendel also becoming influential in the second part of the season when he started lots of games. Zenit once again looked class above everyone else and for several years now Blue-White-Sky Blues haven’t had much of a competition domestically. Expectations are that after 3 titles coach Semak is looking for new challenge and this could be summer of changes with new manager possibly set to be appointed. Also expected to have high-profile departures. Azmoun and Barrios just 2 of the regulars that are already attracting hefty offers.

Player of the Season: Sardar Azmoun