Italian Serie A
It’s a new season in the Italian Serie A, but everything is going just like the last few years – Juventus are leading the table, Roma and Napoli are following them, Milan are again very inconsistent and Inter are just a pure disaster. So, nothing new to see here, right?
The simple truth is that Juventus are just a level above everyone else in Italian football right now. It’s true that The Old Lady lost the derbies against Inter and Milan at the San Siro, but it didn’t stop them from leading the table with two points ahead of Roma and four ahead of Napoli. In some games Maximiliano Allegri’s team is not even playing with a full force and they are still winning comfortably. Eight games won from ten, 21 goals scored and just 7 conceded – it doesn’t look that Juventus are going to be stopped anytime soon.
If anybody can do it, this must be either Roma or Napoli. These are the only two teams who are coming close to the Old Lady in terms ov overall quality. Roma are showing some amazing form lately, winning four consecutive games in the league. Inspired by Luciano Spalletti’s return to the Olimpico in the summer, now The Wolves are showing their best football once again. Of course, it still hurts of what happened against Porto in the Champions League play-off, but the failure was more because of individual mistakes of certain players, than because of team effort.
Napoli are also looking strong so far, but The Azzurri recieved a huge blow after their new star player Arkadiusz Milik recieved a serious knee injury. The Polish international was bought to replace the sold to Juventus Gonzalo Higuain. Milik started amazingly his career at Napoli, but too soon he recieved a serious injury, which is about to keep him sidelined for months. The Azzurri still have players like Manolo Gabbiadini, Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon, but neither one of them is as profilic in front of goal as Arkadiusz Milik.
It’s safe to say that Milan are showing some greater promise with Vincenzo Montella in helm. The former Italian international is a talented manager, who is showing some excellent qualities since he started his managerial career. But Milan are still too inconsistent to be a major factor in the Serie A. The Rossoneri beat the champion Juventus last weekend, but just a few days later Milan lost in a bad manner its visit to Genoa. Just an example for the team’s lack of consistency.
For Inter it’s just another season of bad results. The Milan giants replaced Roberto Mancini with Frank de Boer in the beginning of the season, but so far the managerial change is not leading the team to the performance they desire. Inter’s results could even lead to a second manager being sacked since the start of the season, because more and more people expect now Frank de Boer to be released of his duties. One thing is for sure – once again Inter can’t find themselves, since their incredible treble winning season in 2010.