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Allegri to Benevento: Tops and flops in the 2017/18 Serie A season

Milan, Monday @PeopleSports11

The 2017/18 Italian Serie A season finished on Sunday with Juventus crowned champions for the seventh straight year and 34th time in their history.

Here is a  look at the tops and flops of the league campaign in Italy:

Massimiliano Allegri

The 50-year-old Juventus coach once again proved to be the master strategist despite criticism for orchestrating a style of play deemed less attractive and exciting than rivals Napoli.

Allegri nevertheless kept one step ahead of his rivals with a chameleon side which he changed 37 times in 38 games to fit their rivals.

In addition to winning the psychological battle against Napoli, Juventus boasted the top defence with just 24 goals conceded, finishing with 95 points, second only to Antonio Conte’s 102 with the Turin side in 2014.

Allegri has won the league and Cup double in each of his four seasons with the Turin giants becoming the first coach in Europe’s top five leagues to do so.

Ciro Immobile, Mauro Icardi

Lazio’s Immobile and Inter’s Icardi finished the season as joint top Serie A scorers with 29 goals.

In the midst of the gloom surrounding Italian football after their failure to qualify for the World Cup, Immobile enjoyed a period of renaissance with the Roman side.

The 27-year-old followed up his excellent 2016-17 season with 29 goals from 33 games, despite a right thigh injury seeing him miss much of the end of the season.

Inter captain Icardi was similarly hampered, by a knee injury from January, but accounted for nearly half of his side’s 66 goals, and on Sunday claimed his 100th for Inter as he helped them to snatch the final Champions League berth at the expense of Lazio in the Stadio Olimpico.

Gonzalo Higuain

The 31-year-old Argentina forward proved a star performer for Juventus despite facing criticism during a lean period without scoring.  -AFP

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