Serie A TIM is starting tomorrow with the champion Juventus as favorites
We all heard it this summer. In the midst of the World Cup, one of the biggest transfers over the last few years happened when Cristiano Ronaldo moved from Real Madrid to Juventus.
The Portuguese wanted a new challenge and his arrival to Turin has greatly impacted the League. We wrap-up all major moves of the summer with the return of the Milan powerhouses.
The champions are undoubtedly the heavy favorites to retain the title. Juventus added Cristiano Ronaldo for about US$117M but also a few other good players to strengthen an already solid squad managed by coach Allegri.
The Bianconeri added young right-back Cancelo from Valencia CF (La Liga), Emre Can from Liverpool and international defender Bonucci returned from to Juve after a short passage to AC Milan. With the likes of Dybala, Pianic and Co. The Old Lady is well prepared for a long run in the UEFA Champions League.
With Juventus Turin, AC Milan is the club that has made the biggest noise this off-season. The most titled Italian club with 7 Champions League trophy has not been on top of Europe since 2007 and look to renew with its glorious past.
General Manager Leonardo put together a strong squad and added many good players to the team. AC Milan coached by club’s legend Gattuso added Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain from rivals Juventus and promising defender in Caldara.
Also they completed their midfield lines adding Uruguay revelation at the Russia World Cup Laxalt and Bakayoko from Chelsea. On paper AC Milan will be a tremedous opponent to stop Juventus’ hegemony in Italy and since they do not play Champions League (finished 6th and reversed to Europa League), the Rossoneri could have a very great season and are the main outsiders for the title.
Third last season, AS Roma made noise mostly in the Champions League when they eliminated FC Barcelona in the quarterfinal stage. The club from the capital added Pastore from PSG and French World champion midfielder Nzonzi from Sevilla FC. They also added young legs with Justin Kluivert who had a promising career start with Ajax Amsterdam.
As Roma should be on par with last year standings and a contender for the title.
Internazionale have made the headlines for many years now since they won the Champions League in 2010 under Mourinho. After finishing at the fourth place last season, Inter added a few key players for a deeper run in the upcoming season.
First they got Nainggolan from AS Roma, Baldé from AS Monaco and World Cup finalist Croatian Vrsaljko from Atletico Madrid. Second the team did not lose any significant player and look to improve this season
Last year’s runner-up will have more competition this season as the team did not make major moves over the summer but only added a few players to solidify their squad. They mainly lost their playmaker in Jorginho who went with coach Sarri to Chelsea.
As a consequence, it seems Napoli will have a tougher year to repeat the 91 points feast and they are likely to fight for Champions League berth in Serie A.