Serie A Season Preview 2017/2018

Serie A Season Preview 2017/2018

Juventus welcome Cagliari at their Allianz Stadium in the opening match of the season. The Bianconeri are determined to defend their Scudetto, but the likes of Napoli, Roma and Milan should not be written off just yet.

Juventus are the dominant force in Italian football and that is more than obvious. The Bianconeri won their sixth consecutive Serie A title last season, with the team finishing the process four points clear of Roma, whilst five points above Napoli in the standings. Juve, though, did not kick off the new season in style, with the team losing to Lazio (2-3) in the Italian Super Cup and it is more than obvious that experienced defender Leonardo Bonucci is going to be sorely missed in the 2017/2018 Serie A campaign. New signing Douglas Costa is expected to shine in the Italian top flight, but the former Bayern Munich ace will surely need time to adapt to the new surroundings. Gonzalo Higuain will continue to lead the line for Max Allegri’s troops in the Italian elite division, but a rock-solid defence should be the key to Juve’s success in the 2017/2018 season.

Despite producing splendid performances in the 2016/2017 Serie A campaign, Napoli eventually failed to win Scudetto. The Partenopei are determined to put an end to Juve’s dominance in the Italian top flight and many people believe that the time has come for the Neapolitans to win the domestic trophy. The club chiefs did well to keep hold of key players in the summer transfer window and all eyes will be on trio Hamsik – Mertens – Callejon when Napoli kick off the new Serie A campaign with a match against Hellas Verona. Coach Maurizio Sarri has a number of top-class players to choose from and I believe that the Stadio San Paolo outfit are going to win their first Serie A title since 1990, when Argentine football legend Diego Maradona helped the Neapolitans finish the season in top position in the standings.

Roma impressed in the Serie A last season as well, but they eventually failed to win the national championship. Mohamed Salah was undisputedly the team’s key player last term, but the pacey winger is no longer part of the Stadio Olimpico outfit as he joined Premier League side Liverpool. Important defender Antonio Rudiger was sold to Chelsea for a fee of £34m and that is yet another reason why I do not believe that Giallorossi are capable of winning their first domestic trophy since 2001. Francesco Totti, “the Prince of Rome”, said goodbye to Roma after 25 years in an emotional farewell, meaning that a new era begins in the “Eternal City”.

It has been six years since AC Milan won their last Serie A trophy and, no doubt, fans are hungry for success. Milan’s new Chinese owners aim to pump up a lot of money into the squad and it has to be noted that the likes of Bonucci, Conti, Musacchio, Rodriguez, Calhanoglu, Biglia, Kessie, Borini and Andre Silva joined the club earlier this summer. The Rossoneri are eager to bring glory days back to Stadio San Siro, but I do not believe that Vincenzo Montella’s troops are capable of winning Scudetto. Anyhow, given the quality of their squad, AC Milan should an important role in the Italian elite division in seasons to come.

Lazio proved their worth in the 3-2 Super Cup win over Juventus, but seeing that the club management failed to sign a top-class player in the summer, the Biancocelesti are unlikely to win Scudetto in the 2017/2018 season. Inter finished the 2016/2017 season in seventh place in the standings, but new coach Luciano Spalletti is definitely capable of helping the team regain their spot in top four.

Fiorentina should not be considered title contenders and, taking everything into account, we are about to see a two-horse race between Juventus and Napoli in the 2017/2018 Serie A campaign.

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