Team Review: Cagliari Calcio in the 2013-14 Season

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Updated: August 1, 2014
Cagliari Calcio in the 2013-14 Season

Serie A Finish: 15th

Match Results: W9-D12-L17

(Featured image: Cagliari | Source: Zimbio)

 

Cagliari never experienced humiliation in the relegation zone last season, but their displays were not impressive either. They were largely inconsistent throughout the tournament and even their power rating in sports betting sites was not satisfying enough. Except for their opening fixture, the side never made it to the top half of the league table in all their 37 Serie A match weeks.

 

Rossoblu only had two new signings during the summer transfer window of 2013, namely Danilo Avelar from Karpaty Lviv and Marios Inonomou from PAS Giannina. On winter, five more players were added to the ensemble: Matias Vecino and Michael Agazzi from Chievo, Adryan from Flamengo, Andrea Tabanelli from Cesana, and Alessandro Bastrini from Novara. Also within this window, the club let go of a few players including Lorenzo Ariaudo, Radja Nainggolan, and Antonio Adan.

 

A win over Atalanta 2-1 put Zdeněk Zeman’s men within the top five during the first week of the Serie A season, making them among the early favorites to win the title. However, their successful opener turned out to be false hope as the squad failed to replicate such success in their next six matches—where they were beaten twice and held in a draw by their rivals four times. A 2-1 victory over Catania briefly pacified their heartbreak only to be devastated again by three successive downfalls from Lazio, Bologna, and Verona. Cagliari struggled with inconsistency throughout their campaign and found very little opportunity to clearly veer them away from the bottom spots. They closed the season with goalless losses from Napoli, Chievo, and Juventus.

 

Mauricio Pinilla was the best performer amongst Cagliari’s players, having been able to net seven goals in 26 appearances. Other notable scorers were Marco Sau with six, Nene with five, Víctor Ibarbo with four, and team captain Daniele Conti also with four.