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2020/2021

Benevento

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Kamil Glik (def)(AS Monaco); Artur Ionita (mid)(Cagliari); Daam Foulon (def)(Waasland-Beveren); Gianluca Lapadula (att)(Genoa); Gianluca Caprari (att)(Sampdoria, on loan); Bryan Dabo (mid)(Fiorentina)

Out


Massimo Coda (r)(att)(Lecce); Bright Gyamfi (def)(Reggiana); Davide Gentile (def)(Fiorentina)

Having immediately fallen back to Serie B after their first Serie A season ever, in 2017/2018, Benevento proved capable of achieving promotion again to the top flight of Italian football at the second time of asking, and they did it in style. The past campaign in fact was a triumphant one for coach Filippo Inzaghi and his boys, who held the best attack and best defence in the league with 67 goals scored and 27 conceded respectively, had the longest positive run, from week 10 to 31, and secured promotion with a 7-game advance. This was certainly a great result for the oldest Inzaghi brother, who can thus return to Serie A for the third time in his coaching career, having had a mixed experience in his debut with Milan and a disastrous one with Bologna 2 years ago. The squad he had at his disposal was a very experienced one with an age average of 28.2 as many of his boys had already played or even had careers at the top. However, over the summer, the management tried to add both quality and quantity to all departments. Having lost only forward Coda, who had contributed to their promotion with 7 goals and 2 assists, they signed Lapadula, who is a prolific striker but too injury-prone. Moreover, they also added Caprari, a winger who can occasionally act as a false nine. Muscle was added at the back with Glik arriving from Monaco, while Ionita and Dabo will provide Inzaghi with more options in a midfield adaptable to different solutions. Besides that, and keeping most of the stars from the past campaign, like playmaker Viola (9 goals and 6 assists) and forwards Sau (13 goals and 7 assists) and Roberto Insigne (8 goals and 5 assists), Benevento are still looking for at least a couple of wingers, a centre-forward and a midfielder. Gervinho, Cornelius and Llorente are all in their wish list.

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Benevento could represent a surprise for some time in the new season but the age of most of their players and the lack of alternatives at the back and up-front could represent a big problem in the long run. Salvation would be a success.

Season Review
2020/2021

№18: Benevento

In only their second Serie A campaign ever, 2 years after their previous experience in the top flight, Benevento represent one of the main disappointments of the season. In fact, they were coming off a record promotion from Serie B, with a 7-week advance, while their squad was deemed a rather good one and coach Filippo Inzaghi held the favour of the critics. Their beginning of the campaign was a rather inconsistent one as they won 2 out of the initial 3 but then lost the following 4. However, between weeks 8 and 16 they played their best football, obtaining draws against Juventus and Lazio and defeating relegation contenders like Genoa and Cagliari. Thanks to this run they reached the top 10 and they started having European dreams. What happened then is a mystery. They simply ran out of steam and lost confidence, becoming utterly incapable of winning games. Between weeks 17 and 38 they only managed to win once, as they defeated Juventus on the road in round 28, while collecting plenty of draws and losses. They still played an aggressive football at times but had more problems scoring goals and often failed to kill matches off when needed. Not too surprisingly, their attack, with 40 goals, was only better than Parma. They became very fragile defensively and only kept 2 clean sheets in 2021 while they had kept 5 in the initial 14 rounds. Having fallen in the bottom 3 by week 34, Benevento could have avoided relegation with a win against Cagliari, Torino or Crotone but they lost to the Sardinians and drew the other 2, thus deserving the final fall. With 8 goals and 5 assists, Lapadula was their best player but he did not really have competition as winter-arrival Gaich was slightly disappointing. Also underperforming were players like Caldirola and, in the final weeks, Glik at the back while Letizia, Tuia and Caprari, who did well, were limited by injuries. Benevento will now start life without Inzaghi and will need time before returning to the Serie A again.  


Player of the Season: Gianluca Lapadula

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