After nine years of Juventus looking untouchable in Italian football, Serie A finally starts a season with new champions this year as Inter look to defend their title.
Last season, the Nerazzurri won their first Scudetto since Jose Mourinho led them to their 2010 treble but things haven’t exactly been smooth sailing since, leaving the door open for yet another changing of the guard at the top of Serie A.
So who are the title contenders for the season to come?
As defending champions, Inter will back themselves to put up another serious challenge, and defender Milan Skriniar has recently said that they’re looking to go unbeaten in 2021/22.
But Antonio Conte‘s exit, as well as Achraf Hakimi‘s, means they’ll start the season in a worse position from where they finished last term. Simone Inzaghi and Hakan Calhanoglu have landed at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, but they will need to hit the ground running in what is sure to be a competitive title race.
Italy’s Old Lady struggled last year, but Massimiliano Allegri‘s return has many people tipping Juventus to climb back to the top this coming season.
There haven’t been many changes to their squad as of yet, but the return of a coach who is a serial winner is enough for Bianconeri fans to believe that they’ll be able to get back to where they feel they belong.
Allegri will undoubtedly want to get Paulo Dybala back to his best, and any side with Cristiano Ronaldo have to be taken seriously.
Having finished third for three consecutive seasons now and being close to claiming second in each of the last two, Gian Piero Gasperini‘s side are no longer extreme outsiders, despite the club’s only major trophy coming in the form of a Coppa Italia in 1963.
They ended last season needing to upgrade in two positions, and Juan Musso‘s arrival from Udinese to replace Pierluigi Gollini in goal has seen them do just that. Now, they’ll have to wait and see what happens with Cristian Romero, but defensive reinforcements are needed.
Should they bring in another centre-back or two, there’s no reason to back against Atalanta in the title race next season.
Stefano Pioli has worked wonders since succeeding Marco Giampaolo early in the 2020/21 campaign, and he has brought them back to the Champions League for the first time in seven years.
Balancing Champions League football and weekly domestic commitments might prove challenging for their relatively inexperienced squad, but it’s hard to rule the Rossoneri out just yet.
Gianluigi Donnarumma and Hakan Calhanoglu‘s departures will hurt them, though.
Having missed out on the Champions League and Europa League, it might seem a bit of a stretch to tip Roma for the Scudetto, but there is a lot of excitement surrounding Jose Mourinho‘s arrival in the Eternal City.
With the Giallorossi, Mourinho is back in charge of a genuine underdog, something that – perhaps Spurs aside – he hasn’t been able to say for a while.
Another of the outsiders, but Luciano Spalletti‘s arrival in Campania should see the Partenopei improve on last season.
Having looked impressive at times under Gennaro Gattuso, Napoli eventually fell short and missed out on Champions League football on he final day of the season.
With Spalletti back in business, they’ll demand more this term.
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