Italian Serie A 2019-20 Season Round-Up as Juventus defend Scudetto. Serie A registered more goals than any other major league.
Juventus were crowned champions once again. It is a mark of just how dominant the Bianconeri have become that they can now be picky about the manner in which they win titles.
On the rare occasions Cristiano Ronaldo misfired, they had Paulo Dybala or Douglas Costa or – when a blue moon rose – Federico Bernardeschi to call upon. Their bench was littered with luxuries few others could afford.
It’s good that Serie A registered more goals than any other major league this season, averaging 3.04 per match compared to 2.72 in the Premier League and 2.48 in Spain, but far too many of those were from the spot.
If there is one long-lasting memory of this odd, extended season it will probably be the sheer volume of spot-kicks given – about 50% of games saw one awarded.
VAR, which we hoped would eliminate diving, has done nothing of the sort with decisions either not reviewed or – more incredibly – confirmed despite the most minor of contact.
Add to that a hardline approach to handball which has made defenders wonder if they should strap their arms to their sides before they step onto the pitch and the recipe was there for a record-breaking campaign.
Credit: Football Italia