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Juventus continued its dominance in Italy with another Scudetto in 2018-19, this time with Cristiano Ronaldo lifting his first trophy with his new club.
The Old Lady rolled through the competition to send Massimiliano Allegri off on a high note as Maurizio Sarri now comes in as manager. Even with Ronaldo and Co. returning for another go-around, the club added Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax to add one of Europe’s top young defenders.
Napoli, Inter Milan, and AS Roma will be the hunt to knock off the defending champs while also qualifying for the UEFA Champions League. AC Milan, Fiorentina, and Lazio are also teams to keep an eye on as they try to remain in European qualification.
Here is SBI’s full 2019/20 season preview for the Italian Serie A:
Transfers In: Ruslan Malinovskyi (Genk), Luis Muriel (Sevilla).
Transfers Out: Gianluca Mancini (Roma, Loan), Dejan Kulusevski (Parma, Loan), Andreas Cornelius (Parma, Loan), Boris Radunovic (Hellas Verona, Loan), Federico Mattiello (Cagliari, Loan), Etrit Berisha (Spal, Loan).
Player to Watch: 28-year-old Duvan Zapata rolled off 26 goals last season in all competitions for Atalanta and is one of Serie A’s underrated options at forward.
Outlook: Atalanta cruised to third place in Serie A last season, but will find it tougher after several sides behind them bolstered their rosters this summer. Finishing with the third best road record in 2018-19, Atalanta will need more of the same if they want to finish third on even higher.
Transfers In: Ismael Bennacer (Empoli), Leo Duarte (Flamengo), Rafael Leao (Lille), Rade Krunic (Empoli), Theo Hernandez (Real Madrid).
Transfers Out: Patrick Cutrone (Wolverhampton Wanderers).
Player to Watch: Theo Hernandez’s arrival gives AC Milan a talented central defender who should be rearing to go after joining from Real Madrid.
Outlook: A youth movement is underway at the San Siro, with all of Milan’s top acquisitions being 23 or younger. New manager Marco Giampaolo arrives after having managed Sampdoria, and will attempt to lead the young squad into a Champions League berth, which won’t be easy.
Transfers In: Andreas Skov Olsen (Nordsjaelland), Takehiro Tomiyasu (Sint-Truiden), Stefano Denswil (Club Brugge), Jordy Schouten (Excelsior), Roberto Soriano (Villarreal), Nicola Sansone (Villarreal), Riccardo Orsolini (Juventus), Mattia Bani (Chievo Verona), Danilo (Udinese).
Transfers Out: Sebastien De Maio (Udinese)
Player to Watch: Riccardo Orsolini broke out for Bologna last season, scoring 10 goals and registering six assists in all competitions. The Italian will be expected to up those numbers this campaign.
Outlook: Bologna added several players this summer which should help them fight for a top ten finish. Orsalini will carry the bulk of the offensive numbers, but other players need to chip in if they want to reach their team goals at the end of the season.
Transfers In: Jesse Joronen (Copenhagen), Florian Aye (Clermont), Bruno Martella (Crotone), Ales Mateju (Brighton & Hove Albion).
Transfers Out: Biagio Meccariello (Lecce).
Player to Watch: Alfredo Donnarumma led Serie B with 25 goals last season, but needs to translate some of that to the top-flight. If Brescia want to score goals, let Donnarumma have as many chances as he wants.
Outlook: All three promoted sides will find it tough, but expect Brescia to be the most ready to score goals. Led by last season’s top goalscorer, the club has attacking options to partner Donnarumma with which is a step higher than the likes of Lecce and Verona.
Transfers In: Marko Rog (Loan, Napoli), Guillermo Vicario (Venezia), Federico Mattiello (Atalanta), Christian Oliva (Club Nacional), Alberto Cerri (Juventus), Fabrizio Cacciatore (Chievo Verona).
Transfers Out: Nicolo Barella (Inter Milan, Loan).
Player to Watch: He may be 30-years-old, but Leonardo Pavoletti rattled off 18 goals in 34 appearances last campaign. The veteran will need to be just as good if Cagliari want to avoid a fight at
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