Juventus have dominated Italian football in recent years, having claimed the Serie A title on the last five occasions. With the heavyweight club well on their way to making that six in a row, we look ahead to the 2017/18 campaign.
The new Serie A campaign will kick off in August, with each of the 20 teams involved playing against each other twice, once at home and once away, to determine the season’s champion, with the final game of the season set to be played in late May.
Unlike previous years, Serie A bosses are set to scrap the two week long winter break, which previously halted proceedings over the Christmas and New Year period. Instead, this season will now see a set of games played on Boxing Day.
While Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus side continue to dominate proceedings, there has been renewed competition at the top of the table in recent years. That is likely to increase even more next season, with AC Milan set to be taken over by a group of wealthy Chinese investors. The new owners have promised that they will spend heavily to return the club to the top of Italian football, but which sides are favourite to prevail in 2017/18?
Allegri’s side will likely have six consecutive Serie A titles to their name going into the next campaign and will undoubtedly be favourites to make it seven in a row.
With a wealth of talent to call upon and higher spending power than any other side in the league, it’s hard to see any side other than Juventus winning the title. However, with a number of teams now pushing on, they will have to remain at their best in order to keep their period of dominance going.
The Rome based club capitalised on Napoli’s loss of star striker Gonzalo Higuain to stake their claim as Italy’s second best side last season and will be looking to push on in future years. However, rumours circulating that clubs such as Real Madrid have taken an interest in their own star, Edin Dzeko, is a worry.
Their season will likely hinge on whether they can keep their star players at the club over the summer break, but having pushed Juventus all the way throughout the 2016/17 campaign, Roma could push on next season and go one step further.
Milan have had a poor few years in Serie A since they last won the league back in 2010/11. However, with long-serving owner Silvio Berlusconi selling the club to a group of Chinese businessmen, the club’s situation should improve over the next few years.
The club can expect investment in the playing squad this summer and, if they can bring in the right people, there is nothing stopping AC Milan from making an immediate assault on the title.