Serie A Predictions: What’s the Secret Weapon of the Top Six Clubs?

One campaign ends and the other is just around the corner, and yet, the usual suspects remain almost the same. Besides Atalanta – who cemented themselves as a true force in calcio with their third straight Champions League qualification – the top of the Serie A table is still predominated by the more traditional big names, and we can expect much of the same next season.

After Juve’s dethroning at the hands of Inter, a sense of uncertainty can be felt ahead of the upcoming season, especially following the numerous managerial changes witnessed during this off-season.

So let’s check out the one major characteristic that could make all the difference for each of the Top 6 Italian clubs.

Inter: Superb Attacking Duo

We start of course with the reigning champions. Despite the departure of the architect behind their success last season, Antonio Conte, as well as the sale of Achraf Hakimi, Inter can still rely on a solid squad.

Whilst the newly-appointed manager Simone Inzaghi will find great options in all various departments, the attacking partnership of Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez remains the crown jewel of the defending Serie A champions.

The incredible chemistry between the two stars was noticed since their first season together and, two years later, we can only expect this duo to blossom further, terrifying anyone who stands between them and the goal.

Milan: Continuous Development

Whilst most of the clubs on this list will start the campaign with a new manager, Stefano Pioli will be in charge at Milan for a third straight season.

The manager has been overseeing an important revival based on youth players, with the likes of Franck Kessié, Ismael Bennacer, Theo Hernandez and Brahim Diaz all becoming important members of the squad.

With another season under their belts, we expect the Rossoneri to continue in their rising trajectory.

Atalanta: Defined Playing System

Speaking of great projects, Gian Piero Gasperini’s work at Atalanta can only be described as phenomenal.

The veteran tactician transformed the Orobici from a mid-table club at best to an established Top 4 Serie A side in the first five years of his tenure.

Whilst players have come and gone, La Dea maintained a very specific style of play, as they continue to torment their opponents with their overwhelming playing system.

Juventus: Vast Experience

Despite seeing their nine-year winning dynasty end last season, Juventus still have several of the components that made those great accomplishments possible.

The Old Lady still has great leaders in the form of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci who are still up to the task, as well as the one and only Cristiano Ronaldo.

Moreover, the inexperienced Andrea Pirlo has been replaced with a man who already has six Scudetto titles in his cabinet – including five with the Bianconeri.

Not Bad.

Napoli: Squad Balance

If truth to be told, things are far from perfect for Napoli ahead of the next Serie A campaign.

Nonetheless, the Southerners possess a solid squad filled with talents all over the pitch – from Kalidou Koulibaly, to Fabian Ruiz, all the way to Lorenzo Insigne.

If Luciano Spalletti can find the right balance between the lines, the Partenopei can be one of the pleasant surprises of the season.

Roma: Regained Charisma

In the last few years, Roma have been degraded into a mere sideshow, whilst they failed to threaten the teams who are at the very top of the table.

Love him or hate him, José Mourinho’s impact in the Italian capital has been felt from day one, with the Giallorossi suddenly becoming a more relevant topic amongst football fans. To put it simply, the Special one made people care about Roma once more.

Whether this newly found exposure will turn out to be a good or bad thing remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, the Romans absolutely needed this huge dose of charisma that has been injected into their beloved club.

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