Following a spell of nine years in Serie A, Cagliari Calcio suffered relegation to Serie B at the end of 2014-15. The very next season, they won the second tier of Italian football to win promotion back to Serie A.
Last season was the first season of their new spell in Serie A, and the club from the island of Sardinia achieved quite a remarkable feat by securing the 11th spot in the league table.
Among their top results this season, Cagliari managed to beat both Milan clubs during the league campaign – a 2-1 win over Inter at San Siro and a 2-1 win over AC Milan at Stadio Sant’Elia on the last day of the season. During the initial stages of the season, Cagliari also begged an impressive 3-0 home win over Atalanta, who eventually finished fourth in the league.
Overall, the champions of 1969-70 season struggled with a leaky defence during the season. They conceded an enormous 76 goals to finish the season with the third-worst defence. Only Pescara and Palermo, who finished in 20th and 19th positions respectively, managed to concede more goals.
Cagliari used four goalkeepers during the league season, and one of them doesn’t play for the club anymore. Let’s take a look at how Cagliari goalkeepers performed over the season.
Marco Storari started the season as the Cagliari number 1 keeper before joining AC Milan on a six-month deal in January. The 40-year-old was a key part of Cagliari’s side in Serie B last season and picked up 41 appearances. However, this season he managed only 15 starts for Cagliari and conceded a total of 38 goals. The 7m keeper ended the season with an embarrassing point total of -49. He also picked up a red card in the 2-1 defeat to Bologna in September.
Brazilian keeper Rafael, who had arrived from Verona last summer, picked up 19 starts and two substitute appearances. He picked up four clean sheets and conceded a total of 33 goals. The 35-year-old, who was available for 5m, put together -4 points and a P/P score of -1.2.
Gabriel, who was on loan from AC Milan for the second half of the season, picked up three starts. The 1.5m keeper failed to keep a clean sheet and conceded seven goals. His point tally of -9 gave him a P/P score of -7.3.
Roberto Colombo could only manage one substitute appearances, but he was the only Cagliari keeper to finish the season with a positive point total. The Italian, who was available for 1m, ended the season with nine points.
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