Our first selection for Serie A, is one that may raise a few discussions. Handanovic has had yet another solid season for Inter, and single handedly won them points along the way. The key concern is Buffon, despite his lack of game time, he has still been consistent and with it being his final season, we may see him creep in above Handanovic here.
Onto our first defender now, and what a sensational season Kolarov has had. Moving to a new League is always a risk, however he has proven that age and experience trumps everything, as he contributed to a semi-final Champions League run and solid league finish. Roma only conceded 28 goals all season, and while this stat is impressive enough alone, the 2 goals, 8 assists and 6 man of the match awards secures his spot in our lineup.
The title race this year was incredibly tight, but a few moments of weakness towards the end from Napoli, saw Juventus wrap things up with a game to spare. While their goal scoring record was sensational at 84, their defensive one was equally as impressive, with just 23 against them. Chiellini has already featured in the community vote, but I fully expect to see him here as well.
Next up we move across to Chiellini’s defensive partner, Benatia. Together they have been one hell of a force, and after such a successful campaign, I wouldn’t be surprised if both made the final cut. On top of the solid defensive showing, Benatia also has a couple of goals to his name and proves his danger from set pieces.
Picking fullbacks was extremely tough this time around, and while many may say Sandro fell below expectations, when we look at the success Juventus achieved and Sandro’s attacking stats, I feel like EA will make this happen. We have mentioned the defensive stats, but with 4 goals, 4 assists and 3 man of the match awards, Sandro shows that he is the complete package.
It’s starting to feel like we are simply listing the entire Juventus lineup here, but fear not, other teams will feature....at some point. Now while Pjanic may not have incredible numbers in regards to goals and assists, time after time he has proven just how valuable he is to Juventus, and was a fundamental part of their title push. Defensively great and with 4 goals and 8 assists, he makes it into these predictions.
Ok, this is the final Juventus player to feature within the starting eleven, I promise! Truth be told though, if we had to end on a Juventus player, there hasn’t been one with a more successful season. Dybala continues to prove his ability, improving game on game, year after year. Prolific across several positions, he showed how adapt he was as a centre forward, striker, left winger and right winger too. With 22 goals, 5 assists and 8 man of the match awards, this man is nailed on.
Over to Inter Milan now, and while they currently sit just outside of the Champions League spots, with one game to go, they could still sneak in. A few players have really stood out for Inter this year, Perisic being one of them. Having contributed to around a third of the goals, with 11 goals and 9 assists, surely he makes the final line-up.
Finally! It may have taken 8 Players, but we finally reach someone from Napoli. What a season they have had, pushing Juventus every step of the way and coming so close to stealing the title from them. Insigne was a fundamental part of this success, showing his ability to disturb an oppositions defensive structure and with 8 goals, 9 assists and 6 man of the match awards, this guy feels like a lock.
Game after game, week after week, year after year, we talk about Icardi and how he is constantly improving. This year has been no exception, and out of Inter Milan’s 69 goals, he has scored 28 of them. Despite his success, he currently sits one goal behind, in the race for the golden boot, but with 1 game remaining, anything could happen!
So here we are, the final selection for this starting eleven, and with it, we find the current top scorer in the league. Immobile has been absolutely sensational this season, scoring 29, assisting a further 9 and wrapping up 7 man of the match awards along the way. The final match of the season is a big one, with the team needing the points and Immobile wanting to secure the golden boot.
Onto the bench now, and our first selection is a familiar face. It comes as no surprise that this Brazilian goalkeeper is attracting attention from across the world. Fantastic for Roma, currently keeping Ederson out the Brazilian National Team, and having already featured in the community team of the season, I fully expect to see him again here.
Now with Inter Milan currently sitting in fifth, outside Champions League spots and needing a slip up from Lazio to change their fortunes, it may feel strange to see so many of their players featuring within these predictions. However, with just 28 goals conceded , it shows just how solid they have been across the back. Skriniar has played a key part in this, and with 4 goals to his name as well, he shows his importance across the entire pitch.
Onto our final defensive selection now, where we find a man who has (mostly), been absolutely brilliant for Napoli this season. With just 28 goals conceded, Napoli have the joint second best record in the league, and when we then consider the 5 goals, 1 assist and 4 man of the match awards, Koulibaly suddenly becomes a very strong candidate here.
From a critical part of Napoli’s back line, straight into the heart of their midfield now. Allan has had an incredible season for Napoli, and while there are several players with similar stats that could take this spot, Allan is our man of choice. Covering crazy amounts of the pitch each game, solid defensively, and with 4 goals and 5 assists, Allan makes our list.
From a slightly controversial selection, to one that could be considered just plain wrong. Now was Nainggolan one of the best midfielders across the season? No. Well was he particularly impressive, and consistent? Well not really. So why are we including him here? Well, the reality is that he was “good enough”, and based on previous team of the season line-ups, it appears that EA would rather include fan favourites / pack sellers, opposed to top performers.
Wow. Words can not explain just how incredible this man has been, both in real life and for FUT players worldwide. An absolute animal on the pitch, both defensively and going forward. It’s no wonder that he is in high demand from clubs across the world, but for now, we should be guaranteed one final blue card, that features Savic in a Lazio kit.
From one Lazio midfielder to another now, and while Alberto may commonly be regarded as a striker, he has shown his versatility this year in roles across the pitch. From Lazio’s 87 goals scored, Alberto has played a role in 25 of them. With 11 goals, 14 assists and 5 man of the match awards, this man deserves his team of the season boost.
We haven’t really seen many players outside the top 5 clubs featuring so far, but one man that I believe truly deserves a spot, is Falque. Torino currently sit mid-table, and out of their 52 goals scored, Falque has played a part in around 30%. With 11 goals and 8 assists, I fully expect this man to feature, especially with the lack of wingers from elsewhere.
This troubled winger has had a rough couple of years, for one reason or another, his time at other clubs have been far from successful, however Juventus have ensured they brought about change. With 17 starts and 13 appearances from the bench, Costa has been a critical part of this title win. With 4 goals, 12 assists and an above average match rating, we could be seeing Costa in blue!
Onto our final three selections now, and with it we find three absolutely incredible strikers. First up is a man who has shown his worth across all competitions this season. With a solid Serie A campaign seeing Roma sit in third and an incredible Champions League run, seeing Roma reach the semi-finals, Dzeko has been incredible throughout. With 16 goals and 4 assists in the league, the raw numbers may not be as impressive as usual, however with the system EA use, it is most likely he has done enough.
Since his big money move a few years back, Higuain has been absolutely sensational for Juventus. The same could be said about his performances this year, even though he hasn’t been quite as clinical in front of goal. With 16 goals and 5 assists, it is likely he has done enough, and although I may be one of a select few, this is probably the team of the season card I want the most!
Our final selection here goes to this Belgium striker, the man who lead the line for Napoli during their title push this season. Mertens has been absolutely phenomenal since converting to a striker, and with 18 goals, 6 assists and 7 man of the match awards this season, this incredible form continues. Although Napoli can no longer win the league, surely a blue card on FUT for Mertens is the next best thing!
Buffon (GK) - Juventus
Reina (GK) - Napoli
Ghoulam (LB) - Napoli
De Vrij (CB) - Lazio
Fazio (CB) - Roma
D’Ambrosio (RB) - Inter Milan
Lucas Leica (CDM) - Lazio
Hamsik (CM) - Napoli
Under (Roma) - Roma
Ljajic (LW) - Torino
F.Anderson (RW) - Lazio
Verdi (RW) - Bologna
Suso (RW) - AC Milan
Callejon (RW) - Napoli
Ilicic (CF) - Atalanta
Gomez (CF) - Atalanta
Cutrone – (ST) - AC Milan
Quagliarella – (ST) - Sampdoria