RACE OF CHAMPIONS
Members: Inter, Milan, Juventus.
The Nerazzurri were bookmakers’ favorites to open the season, losing by just two points to AC Milan in the spring. The team has the strongest and most experienced squad (average age: 27.5 years) in the league and excellent players by Italian standards in all positions. One of the heroes of the 2020/21 season, Romelu Lukaku, also returned, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Andre Onana appeared. Now this is a team with almost no flaws. Although Simone Inzaghi’s championship talents are still in doubt.
The current champion is much more modest in the transfer market. Still, it’s hard to believe that Liverpool’s deep reserve Divock Origi has essentially bolstered the attack, while Brugge’s Charles Ketelare is still peeing to drag Milan to the Scudetto.
At the same time, Frank Kessier went to break into Barcelona’s base. It can be difficult without it. Yes, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic was out for a long time. Stefano Pioli’s side won gold last year thanks to the players’ spirituality, unity and desire to realize their dream, but that rarely happens twice in a row. And according to the composition, Milan is inferior to its competitors.
Juventus have been on a downward spiral for a long time, snapping up any free illiquid assets (like Aaron Ramsey) in the transfer market and throwing in a hundred million Cristiano Ronaldo, who destroyed the atmosphere in the dressing room to end the last two seasons. the first three. Last season under Massimiliano Allegri, the team played even worse than under Andrea Pirlo: 57 goals in the championship against 77 last year and conceded less, 37 against 38. And less than seven points.
Andrej Agnelli’s directors tried to restart the project, sold Matejs de Ligt to Bayern. Along with Giorgio Chiellini’s departure to the US, this shows the team’s problems in defence, but has allowed the signing of Angela di Maria (PSG), Paul Pogba (Manchester United) and Filip Kostic (Eintracht Frankfurt) in midfield. and attack. . And Allegri knows how to play defense. So, if everything goes according to his script, Turintsy will be able to impose the title fight on Inter.
THE BATTLE FOR THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Members: Naples, Lazio, Rome, Fiorentina, Atalanta
Then comes a whole group of teams, among which Napoli stands out. Luciano Spalletti’s men were very strong last season and had a real Scudetto chance for a long time, but failed to keep up the pace in the spring.
In the summer, Napoli lost an important defender, Kalidou Koulibaly, and two legends, Lorenzo Insigne and Dries Mertens. But Viktor Osimhen, Fabián Ruiz, Peter Zielinski and others remained. Based on the composition, this team must qualify for the Champions League. Personally, I am interested in the appearance of Khvichi Kvaratskhelia, who faces an extremely difficult task of replacing the crowd favorite Insigne. But the potential of Georgians is huge.
The second favorite in the fight for the Champions League will be Roma José Mourinho. The management has brought Paulo Dybala, Jorginho Wijnaldum (on loan) and Nemanja Matic to the special tournament and this is an important guarantee of success.
Maurizio Sarri’s coaching experience speaks in favor of Lazio, Gianpiero Gasperini speaks for Atalanta, and Fiorentina will wait for strikers Arturo Cabral – Luka Jovic (he arrived for free from Real Madrid). Alexandra Kokorin “Violet” seems not to declare for the season so as not to make room for a player without an EU passport. It is sad when a person chooses money, because now there is no need to talk about the fight for a place in the composition.
The eight teams above have a 90 percent chance of finishing in the first seven rows, qualifying for European competition.
Equipment: Monza, Cremonese, Lecce
I can’t remember the last time there was so much talk of a team being promoted to the elite division, but Monza is owned by one of the best coaches in Milan’s history, Silvio Berlusconi, with his eternal assistant Adriano Galliani as sporting director. . .
Together, they took the team from Serie D to Serie A in six years, and have now enjoyed a juicy transfer campaign that saw as many as 21 (!) players join the team. The performances of Andrea Ranocchia, Stefano Sensi (both Inter), Mateo Pessina (Atalanta), Andrea Petagna (Napoli) and Marlon (Shakhtar) stand out. With such a selection of artists for only 24 million, it is not a sin to jump into the top ten.
Cremonese and Lecce look much more modest, they are among the 3 weakest teams in the league and will be the first contenders for relegation. In addition, the first one lost the coach Fabio Pecchiu in the summer, and the second one, the top scorer in Serie B, Massimo Coda (he left for Genoa for 1.5 million). Well, signing him with Lamek Banda (11 games a year for Tula Arsenal) looks like a joke in general.
THE OPENING TEAM
See two paragraphs about Monza.
Wilfried-Stephan Singo (Turin)
The 21-year-old Congolese right-back will certainly be on the lookout for Russian fans following Miranchuk’s success in Turin. He is fast, strong and very determined, he plows the entire edge and adds a lot to attacks. In the last two seasons, Shingo has established himself in the base of the team and has 10 (6+2) productive actions.
For an extreme defender, he has a very unusual build, standing at 190 centimeters, which makes him win most of the mounted martial arts. In addition, he manages to balance his power with plasticity and technique in an incredible way: 1.9 successful dribble episodes last year and 1.2 last year.
In a year, he doubled the transfer fee from 7 million up to 17 million, but clearly capable of more.
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