Exclusive: Richardson tips Juventus for success

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Serie 'A' expert and football presenter James Richardson has tipped Juventus to be successful this season - both at home and on the continent.

In an exclusive interview with GiveMeSport, Richardson believes it could be a great season for Antonio Conte's men, and he feels they could even go all the way in the Champions League.

He said: "There's a very strong argument for Juve going a really long way in the tournament this year, certainly further than the quarter finals.

"Last year they looked a proper European side and since then, they have addressed the real weakness which was goalscoring.

"A lot of times they looked in charge of games but they weren't able to convert their chances. In general, with Tevez coming in and also Llorente once he's fit they look a much stronger side. They've got a brilliant manager, the team is comfortable and familiar with him and they look the business."

This view provides something different to the usual, as few can see past the likes of Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Barcelona triumphing in Lisbon in May.

Richardson also predicted a third straight Scudetto for the club, although he has his own preference as to who he'd like to see lift the famous trophy at the end of the season.

"I think the likelihood is that Juve are going to make it three in a row, but it will be nice to see Napoli win it after so long," he said.

"The journey they've been on, with the third division and all that stuff, it would be amazing to see Naples take the Scudetto again."

The BT Sport presenter, who also hosts the popular 'Football Weekly' podcast on the Guardian website, assessed the chances of the other contenders, including Roma, Inter and Fiorentina, and he predicts what could be the most open title races in years.

He said: "The early results make it look really open this year, what with Inter's surprising start, Roma as well and Fiorentina.

"I don't know how long those campaigns will be able to continue for, though. Roma's squad is not the deepest and they haven't played any tough opposition yet. I'm sure Milan will get better as the season progresses and I think Fiorentina are going to be really strong this year. 

"So it's definitely Napoli, Fiorentina, Juve and you say Milan because they always are but it's hard to see it this year. If Inter can continue with this form and make signings in January then maybe they'll be able to hang in there. I can see it being really open this year."

Watch BT Sport’s exclusively live coverage of AC Milan v Napoli on BT Sport 2 from 7.30pm on Sunday 22 September. Build up to the big game with Sunday Night Football, which covers the game across the continent, from 6.45pm on BT Sport 1 on Sunday 22 September.

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