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Serie A is always won by Juventus now since the Milan clubs' fall from grace & it just gets more and more boring by the season right? Well that’s how the story usually goes...
With many claiming the Premier League is the most competitive league in the world they should be instead shining a light on Serie A with Italy’s top flight being the only one of Europe’s top 5 leagues where the league title isn’t all but done & dusted.
A Napoli side spearheaded with often overlooked world class talents including Dries Mertens, Marek Hamsik & co. currently sit surprisingly 4 points ahead of Juventus at the top of Serie A.
Let’s take a closer look at Serie A’s intriguing title race:
The side from Naples are looking for their first Scudetto since Maradona guided Gli Azzurri to their 2nd Serie A title back in 1989-90. Napoli currently sit 4 points ahead of 2nd place Juventus (as mentioned earlier in the article) although Juve have a game in hand on Monday against 15th place Genoa. Napoli aren’t lacking in goalscoring currently boasting the 5thh highest scorer in the league in Belgian Dries Mertens although even with players like Mertens, Insigne & Hamsik Napoli are the lowest scoring side in the top 3.
Napoli have a world class defence at their disposal having the fewest goals conceded in Serie A this season with defenders such as Kalidou Koulibaly, former Real Madrid centre back Raul Albiol & Faouzi Ghoulam. Napoli haven’t replicated their domestic success into continental competition coming third in a UEFA Champions League group consisting of Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk & Feyenoord. The January transfer window hasn’t been to busy for Napoli although they have been heavily linked with Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian & Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko.
Juve have won the last 6 Scudettos with great ease but it’s looking like the Turin side will need to start a mid season resurgence if they want a 7th. It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly has gone wrong for Massimiliano Allegri’s side this season as they still have a full squad of world class talent including Giangluigi Buffon, Douglas Costa, Paulo Dybala, Gonazlo Higuain & midfield anchormen like Blaise Matuidi, Sami Khedira & Miralem Pjanic. Maybe it’s just been Napoli’s sheer class that’s thrown Juventus off of their thrown.
Although Juventus are trailing now in Sarri’s first season in charge of Napoli they were 2 points clear of Juventus at the turn of the year but ended up trailing Juve by 9 at the end of the season. Juventus are currently the 2nd highest scoring team in Serie A with their top scorer being Paulo Dybala with 14 goals. Last years UCL finalists will look to the Argentinean for some magic in their quest for the Scudetto.
Lazio & Inter Milan:
The dark horses of the Italian title race. Inter Milan where looking like they were going to bring us our first 3 horse race in Italy I can remember since the days of Milan & Inter going up against Juve but it’s all crumbled to bits for the Nerazzurri. At one point this season they were 1/2 unbeaten sides in Europe alongside Valverde’s Barcelona but Inter haven’t won a game since the 12th December - a 5-4 win over Pordenone in the Coppa Italia.
Then there’s Lazio. Lazio are one place ahead of Inter (although level on points) with a game to the good. Lazio are the highest scoring team in Serie A (although they have conceded the most in the top 5). In my opinion if they had a more sturdy defence to go alongside one of the most inform strikers in Europe - Ciro Immobile - they would have a much greater chance in this exciting title race although they currently sit 11 points off top spot alongside Inter.
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