Serie A 2022/23: Team of the Season

The 2022/23 Serie A campaign has come to a complete end, so the Total Italian Football team have put our heads together and named our Serie A Team of the Season.

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An eventful 2022/23 Serie A season came to a close as Napoli won their third Italian league title, and first for 33 years, finishing 16 points ahead of Lazio. Inter and AC Milan also qualified for the Champions League while Atalanta and AS Roma qualified for the Europa League.

Juventus finished seventh but that was largely due to a 10-point penalty received for capital gains fraud.

Cremonese and Sampdoria were relegated to Serie B while Spezia have joined them after losing the decisive relegation playoff to Hellas Verona in the final game of the campaign.

So, with all of the above considered and shaping our thoughts, the Total Italian Football team got together and submitted our individual votes to construct our Serie A Team of the Season.

Here is the 2022/23 Serie A Team of the Season, which is deployed in our usual weekly 4-3-3 formation. Let us know your thoughts!

Serie A 22/23 – Team of the Season

Ivan Provedel – Lazio

Lazio’s Ivan Provedel. (@OfficialSSLazio)

Initially arriving from Spezia as a backup to Luis Maximiano, that all changed when the Portuguese goalkeeper was sent off on the opening matchday against Bologna. Provedel became the first choice for the remainder of the 2022/23 season and he remarkably kept 21 clean sheets in Serie A.

Giovanni Di Lorenzo – Napoli

Napoli’s Giovanni Di Lorenzo celebrates. (@sscnapoli)

Di Lorenzo will go down in Partenopei history as the captain of a scudetto-winning side that conquered all before them. Reliable in defence, he also displayed composure when he went forward, assisting for teammates, and occasionally getting into scoring positions like a natural striker.

Kim Min-jae – Napoli

Napoli’s Elmas and Kim celebrate. (@sscnapoli)

The Partenopei sold or released a few club stalwarts in the summer of 2022 including star defender Kalidou Koulibaly. Kim was brought in to replace the Senegal international and he proved to be an inspired signing. Hard to beat defensively, he was also impressive in his distribution from the back, and contributed with the odd goal.

Danilo – Juventus

Danilo applauds Juventus’ fans. (@Juventusfcen)

Many Bianconeri players performed inconsistently throughout the 2022/23 season so the assurance the Brazilian Danilo provided in defence was of great importance to the Italian giants. While Leonardo Bonucci showed signs of decline, it was up to Danilo to provide stability and tranquility to a Juventus team that looks set for further transition.

Federico Dimarco – Inter

Inter wing-back Federico Dimarco celebrates. (@Inter_en)

After Croatian veteran Ivan Perisic left for Tottenham Hotspur, it was believed that former Atalanta wing-back Robin Gosens would have filled that void on the left flank. The Germany international struggled with injuries though and Dimarco seamlessly took his chances. The Italian wing-back gave the opposition headaches with his pace, quality crosses from the wing, and potent shooting.

Stanislav Lobotka – Napoli

Napoli’s Stanislav Lobotka in action. (@sscnapoli)

Slovakia international Lobotka was a key component of the Partenopei midfield. A fantastic ball-winner, he was also an effective passer, and could bring the ball forward to initiate attacks.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – Lazio

Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic attemps to head past Udinese goalkeeper Marco Silvestri. (@OfficialSSLazio)

An energetic runner in the Biancocelesti midfield, Milinkovic-Savic demonstrated his excellent skills and ball control for such a tall player. He scored nine goals and supplied eight assists for Lazio in 36 Serie A matches in 2022/23.

Adrien Rabiot – Juventus

Adrien Rabiot celebrates his goal for Juventus against Inter. [@juventusfcen]

Much maligned for most of his time with the Bianconeri, French midfielder Rabiot had his best season in Italy, and was arguably his club’s best player for the year. In 32 Serie A games, he found the back of the net eight times and provided four assists.

Lautaro Martinez – Inter

Lautaro Martinez celebrates. (@Inter)

It was another prolific season for Lautaro, who scored 21 goals for the Nerazzurri in Serie A. It did not matter who he was paired with in the Inter attack; he displayed his ability to chase down defenders, find spaces, and finish with aplomb. He also won the World Cup with Argentina to accompany his Supercoppa Italiana and Coppa Italia double with Inter.

Victor Osimhen – Napoli

Victor Osimhen celebrates bagging a hat-trick. (@sscnapoli)

Osimhen had battled with injuries in his first two seasons, only showing glimpses of his potential. Thankfully for the Partenopei, he was able to stay fit for the majority of this season, and played an instrumental in a historical scudetto triumph. The Nigeria international played 32 Serie A matches in 2022/23, and finished as the leading goalscorer with 26 goals.

Khvicha Kvaratskehlia – Napoli

Khvicha Kvaratskhelia wheels away in celebration after scoring Napoli’s second against Juventus. [@sscnapoli]

Kvaratskhelia arrived in Naples as an unknown quantity before the campaign began and he ended up becoming the signing of the season. Fans from his native Georgia would travel to Italy to watch him play for the Partenopei, and he eventually earned the nickname Kvaradona, a combination of his surname and that of Napoli legend Diego Maradona. In 34 Serie A matches, he scored 12 goals and supplied 10 assists.

Honourable mentions

Paulo Dybala and Chris Smalling celebrate a Roma goal against Cremonese. (@ASRomaEN)

The following players all received votes from the Total Italian Football team, but not enough to make it into the final Serie A Team of the Season.

  • Chris SmallingAS Roma
  • Paulo DybalaAS Roma
  • Alessio RomagnoliLazio
  • Amir RrahmaniNapoli
  • Piotr ZielinskiNapoli
  • Hakan CalhanogluInter
  • Boulaye DiaSalernitana

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