After only a short break since the previous campaign ended, Serie A begins this weekend with plenty to keep fans interested. Having won their ninth league title in a row in 2019/20, Juventus opted to sack boss Maurizio Sarri following just one year in charge and instead appointed their former midfielder Andrea Pirlo, moving him up to first team Coach from his position as U23 boss that he had accepted just 10 days earlier.
This means that for the first time in a long time there is some uncertainty over how the Bianconeri will perform, with Antonio Conte and Inter looking to take advantage of the situation. The Nerazzurri have strengthened with the arrival of highly-rated Acraf Hakimi at right-back and are of course very strong in attack with Romelu Lukaku, Lautaro Martinez, Alexis Sanchez and Christian Eriksen to call upon.
Atalanta are also in confident mood after scoring 98 goals last season, and striker Luis Muriel believes in their dream of winning the title. “It will not be easy for Juventus to win the Scudetto again,” the Colombian told Sky Italia. “It remains our dream. We have to repeat what we did last season, but stay focused in the games that made us lose points.”
Milan, Napoli and Roma have all improved their squads since last season, and Lazio have a solid base to build upon as they start their fifth season with Simone Inzaghi at the helm.
Serie A Match of the Round: Juventus vs. Sampdoria
All eyes will be on Pirlo for his debut as a professional Coach, on the bench at one of the biggest teams in Europe.
While the former midfielder is about as inexperienced as it’s possible to be, his opponent is the vastly experienced Claudio Ranieri, who returns to Sampdoria for another season in charge.
The home side clearly have the better squad, but how will the new boss fare?
Best of the Rest
This weekend is a chance to see a sharp Napoli attack score some goals away at Parma, the latter side having lost Dejan Kulusevski at the end of his loan spell and who look very poor on paper this season.
Verona host Roma after the Giallorossi just captured their star defender Marash Kumbulla in the transfer window, and we may just get a glimpse of wonder kid Sandro Tonali in the red and black stripes of Milan as they host Bologna at San Siro.
Serie A Player to Watch: Christian Kouame – Fiorentina – £0.98
La Viola took a chance on young forward Christian Kouame last season, signing the player whilst he was still suffering from an ankle injury.
If he had been fully fit, the Tuscan outfit would have faced stiff competition from bigger sides to capture the signing from Genoa, but now he has recovered, the 22-year-old is worth watching after looking extremely sharp in pre-season.
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