Team Review: Chievo Verona in the 2013-14 Season

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Updated: August 1, 2014
Chievo Verona in the 2013-14 Season

Serie A Finish: 16th

Match Results: W10-D6-L22

(Featured image: Chievo | Source: Zimbio)

 

The generally frustrating performance they displayed last season made Chievo Verona among the least supported sides in Serie A. They might have been the football betting favorites on a few occasions but their frequency in the losing side did not help them win the trust and confidence of most bettors, supporters, and analysts. Gialloblu ended their campaign only with 36 points from 38 appearances, which ranked them in the league table’s bottom five.

 

A total of 36 players entered the pitch for Chievo last season, of which, 19 were internationals (such as Slovenia’s Bostjan Cesar, Finland’s Perparim Hetemaj, and Senegal’s Boukary Drame). Also from this brood, six made their Serie A debuts: Riccardo Improta, Manuel Pamić, Mbaye Baodo Malick, Paredes Leandro Daniel, Kupisz Tomasz, and Calello Adrian.

 

Eugenio Corini’s men opened their campaign poorly, picking up only six points from their first 12 matches in the season. These inevitably put them in the danger spots for about half of this period. Since week 14, however, the side started shunning the relegation zone much more frequently, spending the majority of their stint in the 16th or 17th league spots. They apparently had a very difficult season, much more stressful than their campaign in the previous term when they ranked in the top dozen overall.

 

While they were able to earn more penalties for them rather than against, Chievo never managed to remedy their goal deficits. Towards the end of the competition, they only netted 34 goals but conceded 54 to bring in a goal difference of -20, among the least impressive in the top-flight. Had they not won their last two matches (versus Cagliari 0-1 away and Inter 2-1 at home), Gialloblu would have been demoted to Serie B, thanks to the winning goals by Dainelli and Obinna.