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2021/2022

Spezia

In


Dimitrios Nikolau (def)(Empoli); Petko Hristov (def)(Fiorentina); Kelvin Amian (def)(Toulouse FC); Leo Sena (mid)(Atletico Mineiro, loan made permanent); Viktor Kovalenko (mid)(Atalanta, on loan); Ebrima Colley (att)(Atalanta, on loan); Daniele Verde (att)(AEK Athens, loan made permanent); Samuel Mraz (att)(Empoli); Sveinn Aron Gudjohnsen (att)(Odense BK, end of loan);

Out


Matteo Ricci (r)(mid)(released); Andrey Galabinov (sp)(att)(released); Gennaro Acampora (sp)(mid)(released); Claudio Terzi (sp)(def)(released); Diego Farias (sp)(att)(Cagliari, end of loan); Federico Mattiello (def)(Atalanta, end of loan); Riccardo Marchizza (r)(def)(Sassuolo, end of loan); Lucien Agoume (sp)(mid)(Inter, end of loan); Julian Chabot (r)(def)(Sampdoria, end of loan); Riccardo Saponara (sp)(mid)(Fiorentina, end of loan); Nahuel Estevez (sp)(mid)(Estudiantes, end of loan); Tommaso Pobega (sp)(mid)(Milan, end of loan); Claudio Dell'Orco (sp)(def)(Sassuolo, end of loan); Kevin Agudelo (r)(mid)(Genoa, end of loan); Juan Ramos (def)(Penarol); Ardjan Ismajli (sp)(def)(Empoli); Roberto Piccoli (sp)(att)(Atalanta, end of loan);

In their first campaign in Serie A, Spezia managed to survive. They often played positive football thanks to coach Italiano who was also the architect of their promotion from Serie B. The club's new American owners wanted to continue with Italiano, but he rejected the offer once he saw the opportunity of working at a bigger club in Fiorentina. Spezia made a rather unusual choice, entrusting the team to Thiago Motta. The former PSG midfielder has very limited experience as head coach. In 2019 he was in charge at Genoa, a spell characterised by just 1 win in 9 games. Operating on a tight budget, Spezia had built a squad for their Serie A debut thanks to loan deals from bigger clubs. With the new management, major investments are expected but, unfortunately for them, a whole exodus of players occurred during the summer. Basically, the whole defence left together with important players from the midfield and the attack. Players like Marchizza, Chabot, Ricci, Pobega, Agudelo and Galabinov will all be missed. Incoming transfers have been limited. Amian could become a protagonist at right-back with Nikolau strengthening a depleted heart of the defence. On the other hand, Kovalenko and Colley, both arriving from Atalanta, could win starting berths in the midfield and in the attack respectively. Zoet, who spent part of the past season sidelined, could be start in goal, preferred to Provedel. At the moment, Spezia are still looking for players across the pitch. In particular, the attack is in need of strengthening, not least because N'Zola was frozen out of the squad and could be sold.

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Spezia are still a work in progress and despite lofty ambitions seem doomed to fight against relegation.

Season Review
2020/2021

№15: Spezia

Having triumphed in last season’s Serie B play-offs, Spezia were thus promoted in Serie A for the first time in their more than 100-year-old history. Vincenzo Italiano, the architect of such a success, was confirmed at the helm of the team although he had a very limited experience as a coach (1 year in Serie B, 1 in Serie C and 2 in Serie D). Living on a tight budget, Spezia had to strengthen their squad with an array of loanees from bigger clubs while, until mid-December, they had to play their home games in Cesena, 300 km away, as their own Stadium was undergoing some renovations. Quite understandably, their debut in the top flight was a traumatic one, as they lost 1-4 at home to Sassuolo. They managed to react immediately, though, winning away at Udinese, and then proved to be a solid team until week 9. In fact, between weeks 10 and 15 they faced the worst crisis of their campaign as they picked up just 1 draw and lost 5, falling in the bottom 3. After that, they won 4 out of 6 games and reached the peak of their season, climbing the table all the way up to the 12th place. Then, all of a sudden, they became quite inconsistent and their performances changed radically. While in the first part of the campaign they did better on the road, from week 23 onwards they became very fragile when travelling and more solid at home. Thus, they won only 3 out of the last 16 games but collected 6 draws and never lost consecutive games again. That proved enough for reaching an unexpected survival, while they also made the Coppa Italia quarter-finals. The main reason for such a run is due to Nzola’s scoring drought. The striker, whose goals were decisive earlier on, had some problems from mid-January on and would only score again in week 37. Beside Nzola, left-back Bastoni, who provided 7 assists, and winger Gyasi, who scored 6 and served 4 assists, also had a good season while Ricci was the mastermind in the middle of the park. With most of the squad leaving and coach Italiano considering a move, Spezia might find it hard to remain in Serie A next season.


Player of the Season: M'Bala Nzola

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