The Italian Serie A is an exciting league. I know that it shouldn’t come as a surprise for people reading a blog on Italian football – that is if I have any readers at all at this point. But really – think about it. The fans of English and Spanish football, who in Denmark seem to be everywhere, surely have no reason to look down upon us, the tifosi. They might think they have, because they have oh so expensive players, oh so wonderful Barcelona, and oh so glory, glory Man Utd. But they don’t have what we have in Genoa, Palermo, Napoli, Sampdoria, Fiorentina, and Juventus in a fight for what look to be ONE Champions League spot.
Inter might be crowned champions again , though Milan seems strong after their captures in extremis of Zlatan and Robinho, and Roma will most likely be the darlings of everyone and once again have to settle for second or third. But the real drama is between the clubs fighting for EL and CL spots – I mean, I’m utterly unable to predict how any of these teams will place in this battle when the season is over.
Juventus seem to have a bit of an edge because of the width in their squad and the undeniable quality of some of their core players, but they simply need to lift the morals after the disaster that was last season. People are not afraid of Juventus anymore and the players will have to fight for every single point.
Among the other clubs Napoli and Genoa seem to have made the best reinforcements, but will their experience a season without some periods of lacklustre play and frequent losses? I highly doubt so.
Sampdoria has the same team as got them the forth place last season, which shows that it has become easier for the sub top clubs to hold on to their goods. Maybe they’ll drop a bit this year, but who knows? With Cassano, Pazzini, and Palombo they have a tridant of players worth any club in the peninsula.
Did Palermo lose quality when they let go of Kjær and Cavani? Yes they did, but the price tags on them were huge and they are already reinvested sensibly. Will they push for forth comes May? Maybe not, but it’s sure as hell that no team what so ever will be disappointed to escape from Sicily with a draw.
Add Fiorentina to this and what about Parma? This looks to be the most interesting and unpredictable Serie A in ages. The quality is so widespread that you’ll need a 360 degrees panorame lense to see it all. I can’t get my hands down. Those people, who live in ignorance of this thriller to start, better get ready to see the light. The rest of us are already bathing in it.