Serie A Preview 2009/10: Chievo Verona

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Main Transfers: Pablo Granoche (Triestina), Diego Oliveira (Cittadella), Luca Ariatti (Lecce).

Outlook: Chievo struggled to stay in the division last season and nothing has happened during the summer to change that outlook for the coming months. A lot will depend on Sergio Pellisier and Erjon Bogdani who will have to score the goals that will keep Chievo in the division. Those two along with the experience running through the side will be crucial.

Manager: Mimmo Di Carlo (pictured) came to Chievo midway through the season and turned the club around leading them to what ultimately was a fairly comfortable position. That restored the reputation that had been somewhat sullied by a disastrous experience at Parma and turned him into one of the more highly rated managers around.

Key Player: Sergio Pellisier scored thirteen goals last season – most of them spectacular – and was vital for Chievo. Another player who made his debut in an experimental national side that took on Northern Ireland earlier this year, Pellisier probably deserves to play at a higher stage but, at 30, that is unlikely to happen now.

One to Look Out For: Sebastian Frey’s younger brother Nicolas has done things the hard way by moving to Italy in 2004 to play for C2 side Legnano. There he was spotted by Modena and he made the step up to the Serie B with ease. Last summer he made the move to Chievo and was used sparingly but that is likely to change this season as he makes the right-back slot his own.

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