What Next Season’s Serie A Will Entail

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Leonardo Bonucci Juventus

Italy’s Serie A kicks off in two weeks, and the title race is set to be more thrilling than ever with two or three clubs set to challenge defending Champions Juventus for the silverware.

The Turin giants are still the firm favourites to bag another domestic victory, but with Roma and Napoli set to strengthen, we evaluate the chances of last season’s top 3 clubs and make a prediction of their final positions in this campaign.

Juventus

The Old Lady are the leaders in terms of recruitment in the current transfer window as they have spent money on several players, the majority of which is likely to be funded by the expected record-breaking sale of Paul Pogba. Below is a list of players who joined Juventus this summer.

List of players who joined Juventus:

Name Transferred from
Gonzalo Higuain Napoli
Miralem Pjanic Roma
Marco Pjaca Dinamo Zagreb
Mario Lemina Marseille
Medhi Benatia Bayern Munich
Dani Alves Barcelona
Simone Ganz Como

 

List of players who left Juventus:

Name Transferred to
Alvaro Morata Real Madrid
Hordur Magnusson Bristol City
Marcel Buchel Empoli
Gabriel Leganes
Simone Padoin Cagliari

 

Adding Pogba’s name to a list of possible losses’ and Blaise Matuidi’s name to a probable additions’ list, we can state that the holding champions have saved the majority of their cornerstone players and were able to find matching replacements for those who have departed.

Higuain can replace Morata without any hesitation, while Matuidi’s imminent arrival will help Allegri to fill the gap in midfield. Juventus can be pleased with their business this window.

Napoli

Following Gonzalo Higuain’s move to rivals Juventus, the Neapolitan side have seen their chances of succeeding in the league campaign fall severely. The team’s newcomer Arkadiusz Milik will find it hard to replace the Argentine, as his young age (22) and lack of top league experience are almost guaranteed to take their toll.

List of players who joined Napoli:

Name Transferred from
Arkadiusz Milik Ajax
Piotr Zielinski Udinese
Lorenzo Tonelli Empoli
Emanuele Giaccherini Sunderland

 

List of players who left Napoli:

Name Transferred to
Gonzalo Higuain Juventus
Mariano Andujar Estudiantes
Giuseppe Palma Chiasso

 

Napoli, having the league’s top-scorer Higuain in their squad, had a huge advantage over Juventus last season. But such is the dominance of Juve, that was an advantage they were only able to have for the one year, as the Old lady snapped up the striker to ensure their dominance in Serie A is likely to remain.

It will now be much harder for Napoli to compete with Massimiliano Allegri’s men with Gonzalo on the opposite side of the river.

Roma

The Wolves’ primary activity in the ongoing transfer window has been securing last season’s loan players on a permanent basis, as Mohamed Salah, Edin Dzeko, Stephan El Shaarawy, Antonio Rudiger have all signed multi-year contracts with the club.

Just as Napoli lost Higuain, Juventus have also taken Roma’s stongest player in Miralem Pjanic, a loss they have attempted to overcome with the signings of Gerson from Fluminense, Diego Perotti from Genoa and Alisson from Internacional.

List of players who joined Roma:

Name Transferred from
Gerson Fluminense
Diego Perotti Genoa
Alisson Internacional
Mario Rui Empoli
Sadiq Umar Spezia
Abdullahi Nura Spezia
Juan Jesus Inter Milan
Norbert Gyomber Catania
Federico Fazio Tottenham
Moustapha Seck Lazio

 

List of players who left Roma:

Name Transferred to
Miralem Pjanic Juventus
Adem Ljajic Torino
Dodo Inter
Antonio Sanabria Real Betis
Matteo Politano Sassuolo

 

In order to succeed, Roma will probably be counting more on their manager’s ability than their players’ this season.

Luciano Spalletti is famous for his ability to compete in long tournaments, and if Juventus are to be toppled from the top of Italy’s tree, then it will be thanks to Serie A becoming Spalletti’s greatest achievement.

Combining his presence with the quality of young players Roma have and the balance of experience provided by the squad’s older members, Roma can be of threat to Juventus’s title hopes.

Prediction

Juventus will celebrate another Serie A victory as their squad is much stronger and more balanced than their opponents, as well as including the best player of each of their rivals’ squads from last season. Most probably, Roma will occupy the second place and will leave Napoli in third position.

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