This week we will be taking a look at Chievo Verona as part of our series of end-of-the-season reviews of Serie A sides. The club from the small suburb of Chievo might not be a big name in Serie A, but they have cemented their place in the top tier of Italian football.
The last season was the club’s ninth consecutive in Serie A, and they dropped back into the bottom half following their ninth-place finish in the season before. The Yellow-Blues finished the season in the 14th spot with 43 points and a negative goal difference of -18. The point total of 43 meant that Chievo finished the season 11 points clear of the relegation zone. Not too bad for them in the end. Chievo were aiming for a top-half finish up until March; however, a run of ten games with just win at the end of the season condemned to their eventual position.
In terms of scoring goals, the Yellow-Blues matched their place in the league table with 43 goals. The Italian side’s defence was also far from perfect, and they conceded 61 goals over the course of the season.
Last season, three keepers represented Chievo in EuroFantasyLeague, and two only of them managed to make appearances in the league. Let’s take a look at how their keepers fared in EuroFantasyLeague last season.
Italian veteran Stefano Sorrentino was the first-choice keeper for his side throughout the season. The 38-year-old, who is currently in his second spell with the club, made 34 league appearances during the season. He managed to keep ten clean sheets and conceded a total of 52 goals. He was valued at 4.5m and ended the season with 13 points. Sorrentino, who had joined Chievo from Palermo last summer, finished the season as the 13th-best Serie A keeper in EuroFantasyLeague. His Performance/Price (P/P) ratio was 2.4.
Andrea Seculin spent the season as the back-up option to Sorrentino and picked up only four starts. All of his appearances came in the last two months of the season after Chievo had already safeguarded themselves from relegation. The 26-year-old conceded nine goals and failed to manage a clean sheet. The former Italy U-21 international was available for 5.5m and ended the season with -10 points. His P/P score of -2.2 suggests that he was not a good investment.
Walter Bressan, who has been with the club since 2015, failed to make a league appearance and ended the season pointless.
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