Lugano

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2020/2021

Lugano

In


Eris Abedini (mid) (FC Will 1900), Joaquin Ardaiz (att) (FC Chiasso), Adria Guerrero (def) (Valencia B), Sebastian Osigwe (gk) (SC Kriens), Carlo Manicone (att) (Pianese)

Out


Leutrim Kryeziu (sp) (att) (Fc Prishtina), Domen Crnigoj (sp) (mid) (Venezia), Leonardo Rivoira (def) (AC Bellinzona), Fulvio Sulmoni (sp) (def) (released), David Da Costa (sp) (gk) (released), Joel Untersee (sp) (def) (released), Daniel Pavlovic (sp) (def) (released), Jefferson (sp)(def) (released), Eloge Yao (sp) (def) (released), Linus Obexer (sp) (def) (BSC Young Boys), Marco Aratore (sp) (mid) (Ural), Ransford Selasi (mid) (Juventus U23)

Lugano were never relegated since winning promotion to the top flight in 2015 and have established themselves as a solid midtable club, with even a couple of European campaigns. They struggled initially in the previous season, with this costing Fabio Celestini his job, but have improved a great deal under Paolo Tramezzani, who built their survival and eventual midtable finish around their strong home form. This is somewhat different to what Lugano are normally known for, which is counter-attacking, but they have adjusted to their manager's ideas well and are extremely tough to break down. With Tramezzani not starting the previous season in charge, it is hardly a surprising that he now conducted a squad clearout. Absolutely no regulars have left, with the list of those who left being a mix of players who were always bit-part men and those who lost their regular status under Tramezzani. The Ticiners are another club that opted against spending in the window. Adria Guerrero signs on loan from Valencia B and will be hoping to see significant playing time and this is as far their list of signings goes, with the other arrivals being players returning from loan. The reduced squad depth is obviously a concern, but the Ticiners' core has not changed much and they will be hoping to have another decent campaign.

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They would be pleased with another midtable finish.

Season Review
2020/2021

№4: Lugano

Lugano missed out on European football by a single point in the end of what was pretty solid campaign that faded away late on mainly due to series of injuries to important defenders. Lugano’s style of play remained the same all season with coach Jacobacci using very defensive tactics that even if not bringing wins made the team very tough nut to crack. Lost just twice in the first 17 rounds, with 10 of those 17 games ending in draws. This stability and the excellent defensive displays from the likes of Maric, Keckes and Lavanchy meant that Lugano stayed out of trouble all season. To add further boost to their back line Lugano also added 35-year-old Ziegler to their squad in January and this proved crucial as late on he played key role after series of other defenders got injured. The main weakness all season was the scoring of goals and in search of more up front Abubakar also joined in winter, but he didn’t have the impact everyone hoped for with just 2 goals scored in 20 appearances. Still, Lugano looked well on course to top 3 finish come mid-April when back-to-back home wins even moved them in the top 2. Then in just one week 3 serious injuries to key players destabilised the displays for the rest of the season. Once Maric went out injured the stability in defence was no longer there and run of 4 consecutive defeats between rounds 31 and 34 ended all hope of qualifying for Europe. Lugano hope to be even better next season with the few players signed in the winter set to stay and coach Jacobacci expecting to receive fresh batch of young talents from parent club Juventus in the coming months.


Player of the Season: Mijat Maric

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