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Sassuolo

In


Francesco Caputo (att)(Empoli); Marco Sala (def)(Arezzo); Marco Pinato (mid)(Venezia, end of loan); Luca Mazzitelli (mid)(Genoa, end of loan); Hamed Junior Traoré (mid)(Juventus via Empoli, on loan); Jeremy Toljan (def)(Celtic, on loan); Andreaw Gravillon (def)(Inter, on loan); Pedro Obiang (mid)(West Ham United); Edoardo Goldaniga (def)(Frosinone, end of loan)

Out


Stefano Sensi (r)(mid)(Inter); Francesco Cassata (mid)(Genoa); Jens Odgard (att)(SC Heereveen, on loan); Mauricio Lemos (sp)(def)(Las Palmas, end of loan); Merih Demiral (r)(def)(Juventus); Gianluca Scamacca (att)(Ascoli, on loan); Federico Di Francesco (mid)(Spal, on loan); Kevin-Prince Boateng (att)(Fiorentina); Pol Lirola (r)(def)(Fiorentina, on loan); Marco Sala (def)(Virtus Entella, on loan); Giangiacomo Magnani (sp)(def)(Brescia, on loan); Cristian Dell’Orco (sp)(def)(Lecce, on loan); Nicolas Pierini (a, Cosenza, on loan)

Even though they eventually finished just below the top 10 of Serie A, last season Sassuolo found themselves unexpectedly close to the European spots during the winter and flirting with relegation during the spring. Coach De Zerbi, whose previous top flight experiences had been disastrous, was praised for the job done with the players he had, and was confirmed for the new season. During the summer, Sassuolo had to part ways with at least 3 main protagonists from the past campaign. In fact, Demiral was paid plenty of money by Juventus, while Lirola and Sensi left on loan for Fiorentina and Inter respectively. The defence was the department mostly affected by the transfer campaign as also back-up players Magnani, Dell’Orco and Lemos were let go. While Toljan, on loan from Celtic, should become the new right-back, De Zerbi should field the other 3 regulars from the past season. He will have to hope that they do not run into injuries or suspensions, though, as he might not have valid alternatives. With Sensi gone, Traore, who had a fantastic season at Empoli, and Obiang, who is back to Italy after 4 campaigns at West Ham, are likely to get the start in the middle of the park. And the midfield, also considering the back-up players, should be their best department, without doubt. While their goals tally was relatively healthy last season, Sassuolo's attack was a bit of an issue as they lacked a prolific striker. They addressed the problem during the summer and brought in Caputo from Empoli, who at 31 was almost a debutant in the top flight, but left a mark with his 16 goals.

Target


Sassuolo will aim for a mid-table finish, hoping to keep away from the struggle for salvation.

Season Review
2018/2019

№11: Sassuolo

Sassuolo ended up finishing in the exact same position as they did last season with an identical points tally but that doesn't tell the whole story of what has been a year of progression for the Neroverdi. After Eusebio Di Francesco left the club, Sassuolo were left without an identity last season and two different managers couldn't find one. Roberto de Zerbi was perhaps a surprise choice to lead the team this term after a couple of failures at this level but the former Palermo boss rewarded the board's faith in him with comfortable survival and a recall to the exciting brand of football that was played in Di Francesco's memorable stint. De Zerbi's achievements were made all the more notable considering he lost a couple of hugely important players in defensive mainstay Francesco Acerbi and arguably their best performer from last season - Matteo Politano. Without huge resources available, the manager was forced to rely on youth - a squad with the second youngest average age in Serie A. One man who is still relatively young but feels like he's been around forever is Domenico Berardi - a man who looked lost at times last season but this term showed glimpses of the player who was set to be the next big thing in Italy a couple of years ago. The biggest area of improvement for Sassuolo was the number of goals they scored - a whopping 24 more than last season. An attacking style that allowed the full-backs to get forward at every opportunity. Pol Lirola got 6 assists from right-back - second only to the outstanding Manuel Lazzari in his position. De Zerbi has reminded everyone of who Sassuolo really are but improvements still need to be made to the defensive side of their game - only the bottom three and Parma conceded more. They will struggle to outscore everyone at this level so a a Plan B may be required for continued success.


Player of the Season: Domenico Berardi

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