🇮🇹 The OneFootball Serie A team of the season 2019/20

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Padraig Whelan

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It took a lot longer than expected but that’s a wrap on the 2019/20 Serie A season.

But who stood about above the rest over the course of the campaign?

Well we’ve attempted to answer that tough question, fitting the stars into a 4-3-3 system.

Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Donnarumma (Milan)

It seemed there was a spell when people forgot how good the Milan goalkeeper was, given how long he has been around and after registering some inconsistent years (understandable when you realise he’s still only 21 despite now clocking up over 200 appearances!).

This season, he put everything together. His superb reflexes were on show, he established himself as a penalty saving king (keeping out four of eight), improved his distribution and kept clean sheets in a third of his outings.

Runner-up: Luigi Sepe

Right-back: Juan Cuadrado (Juventus)

The Colombian was exceptional in his deeper role, the latest showcase of his versatility (although he did appear further forward on occasion), and shone on the right for Juventus.

He has the strange distinction of touching the ball more than any other Serie A player last season but it was his use of it that was most impressive and he has developed into a fine defensive talent too.

Runner-up: Hans Hateboer

Centre-back: Francesco Acerbi (Lazio)

The 32-year-old continues to be a model of consistency and has blossomed into arguably the leading centre-back in Serie A.

In 2019/20, he was exceptional once more, his assuredness at the back looking like it would lead Lazio to the title. Has there been a more improved player in Italy in the last five years?

Runner-up: Marash Kumbulla

Centre-back: Stefan De Vrij (Inter)

While Diego Godín’s transfer hasn’t really worked out and Milan Škriniar’s form has tailed off somewhat, Inter still managed to keep the most clean sheets in Serie A. How did they do it?

One of the major reasons for that was De Vrij, who is really looking like the player the Nerazzurri thought they signed in 2018, with his composure on the ball helping Antonio Conte play the way he wanted.

Runner-up: Chris Smalling

Left-back: Theo Hernández (Milan)

What a debut season it has been for Theo at San Siro, revolutionising the Rossoneri left flank single-handedly.

The €20m they spent on him already looks a bargain as his six goals and three assists tell of his immense attacking impact, while also being reliable defensively.

Runner-up: Robin Gosens

Centre-midfield: Luis Alberto (Lazio)

It was another incredible individual season for the Spaniard, the creative genius who weaves everything together for the Aquile and who stepped up when needed in the big games.

He outperformed many of his underlying expected numbers, finishing the season with six goals and 15 assists, while also topping the charts in progressive and key passes, through balls and shot creating actions.

Runner-up: Gaetano Castrovilli

Centre-midfield: Sofyan Amrabat (Verona)

So good was Amrabat last season that many of Serie A’s top sides were lining up to sign him by the halfway point and with Fiorentina coming out on top.

They can be very excited about welcoming the 23-year-old to Tuscany next season as Amrabat is a colossus, the prototype of the modern midfielder.

Runner-up: Manuel Locatelli

CM: Josip Iličić (Atalanta)

It may be shoe-horning him in a little out of position but it has to be done to fit the Slovenian in after his sensational showing for La Dea last season.

His impact was limited after the break but his performances prior to that are well worthy of inclusion. He finished with 15 goals and five assists and he was a scourge of defences everywhere.

Runner-up: Radja Nainggolan

Right-wing: Alejandro Gómez (Atalanta)

There were so many standout players in Bergamo this season but, once more, it is hard to look past their captain as the pick of the bunch.

Gómez managed the most assists in the league with 16. You have to be a special player to stand out above the rest in this glorious Atalanta outfit and Papu is as special as it gets.

Runner-up: Dejan Kulusevski

Striker: Ciro Immobile (Lazio)

Who else? Serie A’s top scorer and Europe’s Golden Boot winner enjoyed the most prolific season of his career so far.

Immobile finished up with 36 goals, matching Gonzalo Higuaín and Gino Rossetti for the highest-scoring top flight campaign ever in Italy.

Runner-up: Romelu Lukaku

Left-wing: Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)

Paulo Dybala is arguably more important to the Juventus cause and is actually a greater influence on their overall game.

But you can’t argue with Ronaldo’s numbers. He netted 31 goals (the joint most in a season for Juve), provided five assists and broke countless more records.

And all at the age of 35.

Runner-up: Paulo Dybala