The 2018/19 season begins soon and the world awaits as Europe’s top five leagues get new champions, but who will be the next Serie A champion?
The Serie A was once the home to some of the World’s greatest footballers, from the likes of Ronaldinho to Ronaldo and even Zinedine Zidane to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However as times changed, so did Italy’s top flight and competition grew scarce as Juventus dominated the league. The Turin giants have gone on to steer every title since 2011 towards them and with AC Milan, Inter Milan and even AS Roma petering out, things have become pretty one-sided.
But, it looks like over the last two seasons things have slowly changed with the likes of Napoli, Florentina, Atlanta and even AC Milan getting their horses back in the race. However, despite that Juventus will still be the front-runners in the race for the Scudetto, looking to win their 8th Scudetti in a row and with Cristiano Ronaldo, who can stop them?
We take a look at four potential challengers for Italy’s top flight title
The Romans miss Francesco Totti, in fact, Serie A and football miss that wonderful Italian and everything he brought to the field. But they have replaced Totti brilliant with Cengiz Under, and the Turkish international has been beyond splendid for AS Roma. However, the last time Roma actually won a Scudetto was in 2001, and it has been a long 17 years for them.
But this could be the season where everything changes and despite losing Radja Nainggolan, Alisson Becker, and Bruno Peres, the Giallorossi should be fine. They’ve brought in Javier Pastore, Justin Kluivert, Gregoire Defrel, Davide Santon, Ante Coric, Nicolo Zaniolo and permanently signed Patrik Schick from Sampdoria. However, replacing Alisson with Robin Olsen could be their undoing.
The Brazilian left for Liverpool for a world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper and bolstered the Premier League side. But Roma does have Kostas Manolas, Juan Jesus and Federico Fazio manning their back line, they should be relatively safe while Olsen adjusts to the Serie A.
Meanwhile, up front, Patrik Schick will have to recapture the form that made Roma buy him, especially if he dreams of winning a Champions League trophy. Combined with Edin Dezko and his wonderful eye for goal, Stephen El Shaarawy, Justin Kluivert and Cengiz Under, Giallorossi should do well. But I won’t put a challenge for the Scudetto past them, especially after last season’s performances.