Juventus finally lost the defense of their Serie A title this season after nine years of total domination in the Italian top-flight. The Old Lady’s reign was brought to an end by Inter Milan, who won their first league title since 2010. The Nerazzurri only went top of the table in February but never looked back the moment they assumed the top spot. AC Milan had led for most parts of the season, but the Rossoneri form dipped at the turn of the year, allowing Inter Milan to capitalize.
Ironically, the man that started Juventus’ domination in 2011, Antonio Conte, was also the same man that ended their reign. The former Italian manager won three league titles with the Old Lady before departing in 2014.
With the 2020/2021 season over, attention shifts to the new campaign, which kicks off on August 22nd and ends on May 23rd, 2022.
Next season’s Serie A championship is one of the most anticipated in recent times due to the managerial changes that have taken place in the last few weeks. There have been four major managerial changes so far, with Conte’s departure from Inter Milan taking the headlines. The former Chelsea manager quit his role and has since been replaced by Simone Inzaghi, who was formerly with Lazio.
Another ex Chelsea and Juventus manager in Maurizio Sarri replaced Inzaghi at Roma. Meanwhile, Gennaro Gattuso was sacked after Napoli missed out on Champions League qualification on the last day and was replaced by Luciano Spalletti.
Gattuso did not have to wait long before getting another job as he was named the new Fiorentina boss. Also, Juventus ditched the Pirlo experiment and brought back Massimiliano Allegri.
However, the biggest news is Jose Mourinho signing with AS Roma 11 years after leading Inter Milan to an unprecedented treble.
These managerial changes will definitely shape the league position next season. Inter Milan, AC Milan, Atalanta, and Juventus finished in the top four this season, but expect Roma to challenge.
At the moment, Juventus are favorites to reclaim their title with 2.23 odds on Melbet Nigeria. With Inter Milan looking to sell some of their key players due to their financial woes, it’s hard to see anyone stopping the Old Lady.
However, the Nerazzurri are still favourites to finish in the top four and can be backed at 1.28 on Melbet Nigeria. The last two spots for the top four should be between Atalanta, AC Milan, Napoli and AS Roma.
If they can make the right signings, Mourinho’s Roma is a good value at 4.00 odds. Atalanta has punched above their weights in the last two seasons, but it may be hard to replicate the same success next campaign.
AC Milan is back in the Champions League after seven years, and that hands them a boost in the transfer window. Napoli’s Europa League exertions may cost them a place in the top four.
Lazio will also be in the mix- although it depends on how fast they adapt to ‘Sarri ball’. Right now, Juventus and Inter Milan look certain to make the top four, with Roma and AC Milan likely to join them depending on the signings they make.