Serie A is a professional league competition for football clubs located at the top of the Italian football league system and the winner is awarded the Scudetto and the Coppa Campioni d’Italia at the end of the competition.
The previous edition of the Serie A was one of the best witnessed by the entire football community. The 2020/21 season Serie A came to an end with Internazionale Milan winning their first title in over a decade.
The league was completely and utterly dominated by tournament giants Juventus as they won nine successive league titles (36 titles in total). However, their dominance was brought to an end by the same man who kickstarted it in the first place, Antonio Conte.
The former Bianconero switched allegiances by moving to Inter for two years and getting them to a league title and a UEFA Europa League final. Another beautiful outcome from previous year’s Serie A was the return of AC Milan.
Despite their campaign going completely off in the second half of the season, they still managed to return to the UEFA Champions League for the first time in over half a decade.
The 2020-21 season wasn’t a memorable one for the defenders as 18 out of the twenty participating teams had conceded over 40 goals in total. Four teams had crossed the 70-goal mark with Crotone letting in 92 goals.
Despite the poor run, the keepers had a lot to do in the victories of clubs in the competition. More than a spectacular save, a silly mistake made the headlines the very next day. Goalkeepers are a crucial part of a club and add plenty of value.
However, some of them still had great campaigns in Italy and have been of great importance to their side. With that being said, let’s take a look at the five current best goalkeepers in Serie A.
5. Emil Audero
Sampdoria’s Emil Adudero starts the list of best goalkeepers after his busy campaign in goal for the club at the competition.
The 24-year-old was a part of Juventus’ academy and later moved to Blucerchiati back in early 2019 on an initial loan with a subsequent €20m fee. He grew as a player at the Luigis Ferrari and became one of the most impressive young keepers in the whole of Italy.
In the season, Audero has conceded 54 goals in his 37 games, 11 fewer than what he did last season. However, he didn’t have a particularly strong defence for support and yet he’s managed a superb 71.5 save percentage. This is quite a remarkable response, considering the quality of the individuals in their defence being taken into account.
He dealt with a total of 117 of the 165 shots he faced. The Indonesian-born keeper also saved two penalties out of the nine he faced, the joint-highest in the league. At just 24 years of age, he’s one on the lookout for being one of the best keepers in the history of the competition.
4. Mattia Perin
The 28-year-old represents Juventus in Serie A and has done a commendable job for the club on various occasions.
With game time hard to come by, he returned to his boyhood club Genoa on a loan deal, and he’s been in excellent form ever since. Perin has been one of the major reasons for the commendable improvement in Serie A. The 6ft tall flexes the highest save percentage (75.3) for any keeper to start at least 25 games in the competition.
He’s currently on loan and the Juventus man saved 112 of the 150 shots he faced on target this season. He’s been in sublime form, and it remains to be seen if he remains at Marassi after the expiry of his loan spell.
He’s pulled off some stunning saves in the matches and the demand for the keeper keeps rising after every performance. He’s on the verge to be deemed as one of the best that Serie A has ever witnessed.
Perin is also the first Grifone player to reach the milestone of 200 games for Genoa in Serie A.
3. Andrea Consigli
The 34-year-old represents Sassuolo in Serie A, which was generally one of the more interesting sides in Italy the previous season. The club has been a host to impressive players such as Manuel Locatelli, Domenico Berardi, and others, who have been a joy to watch.
However, keeper Consigli has been one of the major assets while playing a crucial role in his side’s league campaign. The keeper helped Sassuolo to an impressive eighth-place finish and had an exceptional season with the gloves in hand.
The Neroverdi keeper had made more saves than anyone else in the Serie A season with an outstanding 127 saves. The former Atalanta man also saved one of the five penalties he faced through the course of the competition.
Consigli helped Sassuolo concede seven fewer goals than last year with a tally of 56 last year. Overall, Sassuolo won 11 points more than they did in 2019-20 and Consigli has played a huge role in their rise of the club. He was also adjudged and awarded a place in the team of the season.
2. Samir Handanovic
Samir Handanovic has been one of the best keepers in Serie A in the 2020-21 season and also Inter’s Scudetto-winning captain in the former season.
The Slovenian has long been one of the most underrated keepers in Europe and he deservedly won his first Scudetto since moving to the club nine years ago. Handanovic has had a huge impact on the side in their title win under Antonio Conte.
The 36-year-old was the joint-highest number for clean sheets in Serie A in the previous season with 14 clean sheets. He saved 76 of the 105 shots he faced on target this season, the best figure among keepers to start at least 25 games.
He’s also been Serie A’s record penalty stopper and additionally, Samir saved two of the six spot-kicks he faced last season.
1. Mirko Pigliacelli
The Roman-born goalkeeper is a determined player who aims to impress several in Serie A in the future. He has always been around the Italian youth setup and given exceptional performances with consistency, providing him with the hope of competing on a much bigger level one day.
His agility on the field has proved to be extremely helpful for the youngster and his approach on the field with the gloves is staggering.
He started his career at Roma before being sold to Parma in 2012 on a free transfer. Since then, he has spent plenty of time at Pescara camp while now keeping goal at Reggina, where he has been making a name for himself and will certainly be attracting eyes from Serie A’s top clubs.
With Italian credentials right from the U17 level, this relatively small 6 ft goalkeeper has a lot on offer for his side. He is vocal, confident, aware of his surroundings and with a knack for stopping one-on-one situations.
He has saved Reggina more than once in his serving time. He has the ability to take on the pressure with sheer comfort and can handle any situation he’s put in, he’s quite adaptable that way. If Genoa provides chances for Perin to play and Udinese can play Scuffet, there is no reason why Pigliacelli won’t be in the top flight soon and a good choice to be a part of the starting XI for his team.