After a season in which they ran away with the Scudetto for the second successive season, Juventus will look to clinch it for the third time in a row.
This time, it will not be so easy though. Their rivals have done some good work in the off season and the competition will be close this time out. Barring the usual surprises, this is how I feel some of the Serie A teams will fare.
Massimiliano Allegri's side just managed to clinch third place on the last day of last season. Their performance in the second half of the season was vastly improved, thanks to outstanding displays from Mario Ballotelli. There have been no major improvement on the squad so far but Ballotelli and Stephan El Sharaawy are a threat anytime - even if some argue that they cannot play in the same team.
The only reason Napoli are not ahead of Juventus in this article is because of the high number of personnel changes recorded so far.
Edinson Cavani is gone but may not be missed with Gonzalo Higuain is a worthy replacement. Raul Albiol, Jose Callejon and Pepe Reina are all great acquisitions with Napoli staking a claim for the best buys in Serie A this summer.
It may take time for the 'great acquisitions' to gel as a team and that is why I expect them to finish second but, in Rafa Benitez, they do have proven winner and determined manager.
Juve have done nothing but improve their squad this summer. Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente have joined an already good team that boasts one of the best midfielders in the league.
Andrea Pirlo refuses to give any indication that he is close to the end of his career, and on his day he is a majestic performer in midfield.
Blending time for Tevez and Llorente will be short, and I expect Juve to ride all challenges this season.
Inter Milan are on a rebuilding mission and one cannot expect them to mount any reasonable challenge against the three clubs aforementioned.
Fiorentina have acquired Mario Gomez but let Stevan Jovetic leave. They will join AS Roma to battle Inter for Europa League places.
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