Intriguing Battle For League Title

The race for the Serie A title looks set to be a thrilling one in 2021-22. Inter Milan come into the new season as the defending champions after ending their eleven-year wait for a league title. It has been a complex summer for Inter after winning the league, as Antonio Conte departed following a clash with the board over summer outgoings.

Among the notable departures from the San Siro includes Achraf Hakimi, who left Italy for PSG in July. Simone Inzaghi was brought in to replace Conte. He was able to bring in Zinho Vanhuesden to replace Hakimi, while Hakan Calhanaglu’s move from AC Milan also caused headlines. However, their chances of reclaiming the league title will likely hinge on the future of Romelu Lukaku, who has been linked with a return to Chelsea this summer.

Juventus called time on their Andrea Pirlo experiment at the end of last season, as the Old Lady finished fourth in the league and were knocked out of the Champions League at the round of 16 stage. However, Massimiliano Allegri returned to the Juventus Stadium just over two years after leaving the club. His experience puts Juventus right back in the hunt for the league title, as he has already won Serie A on six occasions, with five wins coming during his first stint with the Old Lady.

Mourinho Makes Grand Serie A Return

Jose Mourinho made history on his first stint in Serie A, as he led Inter Milan to an unprecedented treble. The outspoken Portuguese manager is back in Italy for the 2021-22 season, as it was revealed in May that he would be taking over at AS Roma. The Italian giants finished seventh last season, but the arrival of Mourinho makes them an interesting proposition next season.

Those that have followed Mourinho’s recent managerial moves may be skeptical about his chances, but his success in Italy previously means that he could easily take them into the Champions League places. Few clubs have done more summer business than Roma over the past months, as they have brought in Eldor Shomurodov and Rui Patricio from Genoa and Wolves, respectively. Roger Ibanez’s arrival from Atalanta also adds further defensive cover. They will be a difficult side to write off this season, especially when it comes to European places.

Exciting Young Serie A Players

Mikkel Damsgaard

 

Mikkel Damsgaard lit up the EUROs with his performances for Denmark, and he will be hoping to continue his development with Sampdoria this season. The 21-year-old will be with the Serie A club for the second season and scored two goals last season. He was very impressive during the EUROs, and should Sampdoria keep hold of him, then he could be set to shine.

 

Jens Petter Hauge

 

Calhanaglu’s departure from the San Siro, coupled with financial problems, could mean that AC Milan will be looking to develop from within in 2021-22. One player that looks set to seize their chance is Jens Petter Hauge. The attacking midfielder scored twice in 18 league games last season and averaged a successful pass rate of 80.4%. His influence could be needed should Milan have aspirations of a European finish this season.

 

Musa Barrow

 

Musa Barrow arrived in Italy with a huge reputation. However, the 22-year-old failed to set the world on fire during his stint with Atalanta, but he has been able to rediscover his form since moving to Bologna. The initial loan deal has now been made permanent after he impressed, scoring 17 goals in 56 games. Bologna safely finished above the relegation zone last season, but increased productivity from Barrow could mean they could be in the hunt for a Europa League spot.

 

Managerial Changes

 

It has been a summer of managerial changes in Serie A. Below, you can find all the changes that have been made in the dugouts.

 

Manager New Club
Luciano Spalletti Napoli
Simone Inzaghi Inter Milan
Eusebio Di Francesco Hellas Verona
Aurelio Andreazzoli Empoli
Massimiliano Allegri Juventus
Jose Mourinho AS Roma
Vincenzo Italiano Fiorentina
Alessio Dionisi Sassuolo
Roberto D’Aversa Sampdoria
Maurizio Sarri Lazio
Ivan Juric Torino
Thiago Motta Spezia