Football Serie A grades: Juventus win the league, but Atalanta, Lazio are teams of the season – ESPN

Serie A grades: Juventus win the league, but Atalanta, Lazio are teams of the season – ESPN



The coronavirus pandemic made this a Serie A season like no other, but as it concluded, the table had a familiar look with Juventus crowned champions for the ninth straight season. Below them, Inter made a late run to claim second, while Atalanta and Lazio are rewarded for superb campaigns with Champions League places. Roma, Milan and Napoli had mixed fortunes, but did all qualify for Europe.

At the other end, the battle for the final relegation place went to the final day with two teams separated by just one point. Meanwhile, some of the sides in mid-table will look back at a job well done and others will be unable to shake the feeling they could have been more.

Juventus, Atalanta, Napoli, Roma and Inter remain active in European competition, but with the domestic campaign over, here is a look at how each of Italy’s 20 top-flight clubs performed in Serie A.


JUVENTUS
Champions, 83 points (+33 goal difference)

Grade: B+

They did finish as champions, which means every other team would swap places with them in a heartbeat but, by their own imperious standards, Juventus have been below par.

Going into the coronavirus-enforced break, they were just a point ahead of Lazio, with Inter close behind. Since the return, they have looked shaky and suffered four defeats — their overall total of seven is more than in any of their recent title-winning
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