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The Serie A season has drawn to a close after an exciting climax to the season that saw AC Milan beat their rivals Inter to the Scudetto - their first title for 11 years.

It was a fiercely fought title race that could have gone either way as the points average for the top two teams in the division dropped with tension mounting before the Rossoneri claimed their triumph.

Juventus went their second year without the league crown and had to settle for fourth place, with Max Allegri's men ensuring a place in the Champions League was the minimum in a season of disappointment, seeing off Lazio and Roma in the race for a top four spot.

Down at the bottom, Cagliari, Genoa and Venezia were all sent down to Serie B. It was a tough season all round for the Italian top flight.

Sportsmail's ALVISE CAGNAZZO has reviewed the Serie A season and crowned his player of the year and performance of the year among other awards - as well as those who didn't quite meet the heights expected of them.  

AC Milan won their first title in 11 years during an eventul and exciting Serie A campaign

AC Milan won their first title in 11 years during an eventul and exciting Serie A campaign 

PLAYER OF THE SEASON

Sandro Tonali - AC Milan 

The central midfielder has shown more consistent growth than any other top flight player during his two years in Milan and this season has taken his displays to a completely new level.

When Tonali was a child, he wrote letters to Santa Claus asking to win the Scudetto at Milan. Years later, his dreams have come true. 

Wearing the number 8 shirt of his idol Gennaro Gattuso, he was Milan's leading figure this season and his goals against Lazio and Verona clinched the title for Milan to end their wait to win the famous trophy again.

He netted five goals in total, with two assists, and was a crucial presence in central midfield.

Sandro Tonali was key to AC Milan's triumph and proved himself to be a leader in midfield

Sandro Tonali was key to AC Milan's triumph and proved himself to be a leader in midfield 

Tonali's next goal is to win the club captaincy and he can do that very soon. 

Italy boss Roberto Mancini is ready to entrust him on the national stage along with Nicolo Barella. After failing to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar this year, Tonali has the ability to revolutionise Italian football.  

TEAM OF THE SEASON

Salernitana 

The Serie A minnows pulled off a sporting miracle in Italy this season and it was totally unprecedented.

The arrival of CEO Danilo Iervolino and general manager Walter Sabatoni have changed the fortunes of this team forever, and they pulled off survival by the skin of their teeth on the final day - despite losing 4-0 to Udinese at home.

But after Davide Nicola was appointed in February and picked up 18 points from 15 games in charge, Salernitana looked like they could beat the odds and stay up as the coach continued his impressive work from Torino and Crotone.

Salernitana's survival in Serie A was nothing short of a miracle after statisticians gave them a seven per cent chance of staying up last summer

Salernitana's survival in Serie A was nothing short of a miracle after statisticians gave them a seven per cent chance of staying up last summer

Boss Davide Nicola has been a magician to guide the team to safety since arriving in January

Boss Davide Nicola has been a magician to guide the team to safety since arriving in January

Nicola is a true magician after achieving this historic sporting result that will be etched forever into history of Italian football. 

After saving Crotone in the 2016-17, he followed that up by keeping Genoa in the division in 2019-20. Then at Torino last season he arrived in January and salvaged a campaign that began disastrously 

Salernitana only had a seven per cent chance of staying in Serie A this season, according to figures, but the team reacted brilliantly and showed great pride in their displays. Their signings of Federico Fazio, Simone Verdi and Diego Perotti proved to be shrewd and have put the club on the path for better things. 

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

Moise Kean - Juventus

It proved to be a disastrous year for Kean. The former Everton striker has failed to win the trust of his Juventus coach Allegri and now his future hangs in the balance. 

Kean is on a salary worth €3million (£2.5m) euros and fellow forward Alvaro Morata is on nearly double his salary, which sums up his place in the pecking order and his valuation to the Turin club. 

He is still only on loan from Everton and it will cost the club around €27m (£23m), which is far too much for a player more famous for dancing than goals. 

Juventus forward Moise Kean has struggled to impress for the club on loan from Everton

Juventus forward Moise Kean has struggled to impress for the club on loan from Everton 

Manager Max Allegri trusts more in Alvaro Morata and Kean has failed to adapt to his methods

Manager Max Allegri trusts more in Alvaro Morata and Kean has failed to adapt to his methods

Kean is the player who has struggled most to be integrated into the squad. He's been unable to show off his best quality in either

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