One of the most successful clubs in all of Europe, Juventus. Nicknamed "The Old Lady" they have been crowed Italian Serie A champions 35 times. Coppa Italia champions 13 times and UEFA Champions League 2 times. They have terrorized the Serie A for the past 8 years but that could all be coming to an end very soon with Juventus only sitting 1 point ahead of Lazio. New and Improved teams like Inter Milan, Atalanta, and Lazio have given Juventus a run for there money this year and well dive into each team.
First we will take a look at the defending champions Juventus. A lot of question marks popped up before the season starting with Juventus management stating that Manager Massimiliano Allegri would not return for the 19/20 campaign. This turned many heads as Allegri won 5 scudetti in a row and brought the old lady to the Champions League Final in 2017.
They then went on to replace him with former Napoli and Chelsea coach, Maurizio Sarri. Sarri has done a fine job this year and I feel the man get too much hate. He hasn't had much of a midfield to work with and that's what makes "SarriBall" work. Before the league shutdown It looked like he had found the perfect starting 11 for the team with a convincing 2-0 victory over Inter Milan.
Going Back to the midfield problems it looked like in the summer they had figured it out, bringing in both Aaron Ramsey and Adrian Rabiot on free transfers and the return of Gonzalo Higuaín looked like it would add some depth to the attack that includes Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala. Problem is though both Ramsey and Rabiot have yet to fit in and Higuaín has been very underwhelming when playing. Bright Spots such as wonder boy Matthijs de Ligt and no-nonsense Merih Demiral look to be a great defensive paring for years to come.
They currently sit in first place with 63 points
One word to describe this Lazio side this year, Shocking. From a club that was barley in a Europa League spot to a point behind the defending champs is astonishing. The team plays a fresh and exciting brand of soccer and that man behind all this is none other than Simone Inzaghi. After a solid playing career he went on to work in the Lazio youth squad working his way up the ranks of the club until he was finally appointed manager. This team really started to make headlines when they took down Juventus in last years the Coppa Italia Final.
Star striker Ciro Immobile has finally broke out in a big way this year scoring 27 goals in 26 games and is on pace to break the league scoring tittle which is 36 set by Gonzalo Higuaín while at Napoli. Also just to show how great this team has been this year they have scored 60 goals and have only 23 which puts them at 37 goal differential (best in the league).
Contributions from the great midfield of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Luis Alberto have been spectacular and has led to many top clubs in Europe calling for there services. In my opinion this squad can go toe to toe with any club and shows the biggest threat to Juve not only for this year but years to come.
Lazio currently sit in 2nd place with 62 points
Heading into one of the former champions and newly revamped squad, Inter Milan. Inter basically hit the reset button on the club which they brought in new management, new manger and new players. We will start with former Chelsea manger Antonio Conte. He's been reported as one of the most demanding mangers in all of soccer but at the end of the day he gets the desired result.
Conte has been known for wanting things done his way and he showed it before the team even stepped onto the pitch by loaning out 3 star players he felt didn't fit his style. Those players were Striker Mauro Icardi (on loan at PSG) Winger Ivan Perisic (on loan at Bayern) and Midfielder Radja Nainggolan (on loan at Caligari). They then went out and brought in Ramelu Lukaku to make one of the most feared duos in Italy with Lautaro Martinez and midfielders Nicolo Barella and Stefano Sensi and veteran defender Diego Godin.
They got off to a red hot start but as the matches started to add up the fatigue from the harsh trained started to show on the pitch. Conte has stated many times he needs more depth to the squad and has been criticized for saying this. He got his wish though in the winter when they brought in Christian Erikson, Ashley Young and Victor Moses on loan to add much needed depth
Inter currently sit in 3rd with 54 points
Of course I saved the best for last. From a team that was battling relegation a few years ago and now they are in the quarterfinals of the best competition in Europe. Over the past two year they have been to the Coppa Italia Final, Quailfied for the Champions League by finishing in 3rd, Qualifying for the knockout stages and quarterfinals by taking down Valencia. Not Bad for a team with a value of 240 million.
The man behind all of this is none other than Gian Piero Gasperini. He has done amazing things with this squad and the players have shown what he has meant to this team and how great he motivates this team. They currently lead the league in goals scored with 70 and that is no surprise and Gasperini loves the attack first mindset, and he has the players to do so.
The attacking trio of Duvan Zapata, Papu Gomez and Josip Ilicic has been electric and to top it all of they have feared attacker Luis Muriel to come off the bench as a super sub to finish one of the most feared front lines in all of Europe. There defense has been great as well but its often overshowed by the offense but they do there job great and is a big reason they have gone this far.
Atalanta currently sit in 4th with 48 points.