It is very obvious, even to non-football enthusiasts that Juventus are the best team in the whole of Italy, which is why they lead the rest of the pack in the final of our 3-part preview to the season.
The old lady have been the best for the last 8 seasons and it would be unreasonable to suggest that they wouldn’t make it 9 in a row by the end of the season.
It’s hard to imagine the strongest team in the land getting any stronger but somehow they did. The champions acquired the services of Matthijs De Ligt, Aaron Ramsey, Adrien Rabiot, Danilo and club legend Gigi Buffon to bolster their squad.
The last 5 Scudettos were overseen by the steady hands of Max Allegri, a privilege Juventus no longer possess since he parted ways with the club in the summer, and his replacement is one that divides opinion.
Maurizio Sarri comes in at the Allianz stadium with the club’s expectations at an all-time high. The Juve hierarchy have made it clear that while continued domestic dominance is important, European glory is really the priority, which could be good news to the other title contenders.
The chasing pack
Napoli have been the closest so far to Juve in their 8-year reign of terror which makes them the automatic favorites to capitalize on any domestic slip up from the Champions if any.
The Partonopei boast a very strong squad of world class players recently made even stronger by the club-record signing of Mexican winger, Hirving Lozano.
The Napoli ship is being steered by the ever reliable hands of legendary manager, Carlo Ancelloti who brings Scudetto winning experience to a team that has hardly any taste of the Serie A title.
While Juventus and Napoli are the favorites for many experts in terms of a first/second finish, my personal pick to break into that top 2 or even go all the way to the top are Inter Milan.
The Nerrazurri have quietly gone about their business this summer with some stellar signings in key areas that could make them serious contenders when it all comes together.
Newly appointed manager, Antonio Conte identified and acquired his targets with central defender; Diego Godin, wing back;Valentino Lazaro, Midfielders; Nicollo Barella and Stefano Sensi along with club-record signing, Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku all added to a squad that finished 4th last time around.
If Juventus ever let it slip (which is highly unlikely) then they can be sure that Inter Milan and Napoli will be ready to dethrone them without giving it a second thought.
Written by Tunde Young Akinloye