Serie A starts on August 20, and three teams that finished last season as top three are the most serious candidates for the title.
Juventus has great ambitions and a desire to continue their dominance in the Apennine peninsula. The old Lady made a lot of changes this summer. Paul Pogba moved to Manchester United in a transfer that set new record. In addition to Pogba, Alvaro Morata also left the club. Real Madrid has activated a buy-back clause and for 30 million returned to the fantastic player. Departure these two players would weaken any other club, but Juventus was very active this offseason. First of all, the team from Turin was able to retain the best defense in the league. Juventus did not only keep all important players, but also add Medhi Benatia and Dani Alves. In the midfield they are expecting from Miralem Pjanic to be the man. He came from Roma for 32 million euros. Pjanic should have great freedom in the middle of the field. The biggest bomb of this summer was the signing of Gonzalo Higuain. He was fantastic last season, and this year, together with Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic will present a big problem for the opposing defenses. Juventus probably has the better team than last season, so it would be great surprise if they do not win the Scudetto.
Roma made the smartest move in January, when they returned Luciano Spalletti to the bench. The Italian team quickly got back on track, and this season they will be the biggest threat to Juventus. Roma has not much changed this season. The biggest problem is departure of Miralem Pjanic, but Spalletti is sure that there are players in his team that can cover Pjanic’s position. Unlike Juventus, Roma did not spend a lot of money. Spalletti has decided to keep the two players who have performed well last season. Mohamed Salah and Stefan El Shaarawy are now owned by a team from Rome and from them are expected to be key players. Besides them, it is important to mention that Thomas Vermaelen came to the Eternal City arrived. Defender career was marked with injuries, but he played very well at EURO 2016, so Roma decided to take a chance with him. Roma played very well this preseason, so fans are hopeful that Il Lupi will continue in that rhythm when season starts.
The team from the south of Italy is waiting for another Scudetto for more than 25 years. However, it will not be easy for them to win it this season. Gonzalo Higuain’s departure shocked Napoli. Gli Azzurri have tried to find a replacement for the player who last season scored 36 goals, almost half of the entire team. Arkadiusz Milik, who last season played for Ajax, arrived at Stadio San Paolo. From the Polish player is expected to bring quality in attack, but he is not sufficient to compensate for the departure of their best player. For some time now, Napoli is working on signing Mauro Icardi, but Inter has so far refused to sell. Higuain’s departure could have a much greater impact on the team, as some players are looking for more money, or even considering leaving the team. Lorenzo Insigne last year scored 12 goals for Napoli and was the second leading scorer of the team. Talented Italian expects to become a first start of the team and wants to be adequately paid. There were some hints that Marek Hamsik will leave Napoli, but he admitted that he does not intend to go anywhere. The team from the south of Italy has brought the two players that should help Hamsik and make a difference in the middle. Piotr Zielinski, who was Liverpool’s target, will work be the brain of the team. Beside him Napoli signed Emanuele Giaccherini, who played very well at the EURO 2016. It was very turbulent summer in Naples, but things are loosening up, and Gli Azzurri are hoping that they will once again attack the Scudetto.