2020-2021 review: Cristian Romero

The season of the Nerazzurri number 17

Best defender according to Lega Serie A, this would be enough to portray the 2020-2021 season of Cristian Romero, who also deserved the call-up to his national team. No Atalanta player has recovered more balls than him in the league. The Argentine defender had a devastating impact in his first year with the Nerazzurri: 42 games played in all competitions (31 in Serie A TIM, 7 in the UEFA Champions League, 4 in the Coppa Italia), 3 goals scored and 5 assists provided. In the league he clinched the victories over Milan at the Meazza and over Napoli at the Gewiss Stadium, while in the Champions League he scored the crucial 1-1 equalizer against Midtjylland in the penultimate fixture of the group. Two curious facts: all three goals he scored were headers and he is one of the three Nerazzurri able to provide at least one assist in all three competitions in which he played.

Then the official Lega Serie A statistics about the league: 2.682 minutes played, 9.109 km run on average per game, 13 shots made, 8 goalscoring chances created, 1 key pass, 321 ball recoveries (first in the team ranking, third overall in Serie A), 33 fouls suffered.

Finally, Cuti achieved some important personal goals and one can only start from the bottom with the MVP award as the best defender of the season awarded by the Lega Serie A, which highlighted other significant numbers (seasonal record of Defensive Aggressiveness with 95.1% and aerial duels won reaching the quota of 122, 92% efficiency in one-on-one). Then he received his first call-up to Argentina and made his national team debut against Chile. He also scored his first goal with the Albiceleste shirt, obviously with a header, against Colombia. In addition, this year he also made his debut in the Champions League, a debut in which he provided an assist in the 4-0 victory away to Midtjylland.

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  • 14/06/2021
  • Cristian Romero
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