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Serie A title race. Will anyone prevent Juve ?

Two weeks remain until Serie A teams will be back to the title race. 2016/17 season will kick off with Roma – Udinese game. And the Roman side is believed to be Juventus’s main opponent in the championship. Napoli and Inter Milan will fight for the Champions league spots and will even try to interfere the battle for the first place. Howbeit, Juventus are still the firm favourite to bag another domestic victory. Let’s see what changes have already occurred in last year’s top 3 clubs and make prediction on their final positions. Juventus The Old lady is the main newsmaker of current transfer window as they not only accomplished Paul Pogba’s record-breaking sale, but have also made multi-million transfers. List of players who joined Juventus: Name Transferred from Transfer Fee Gonzalo Higuain Napoli € 90 m Miralem Pjanic Roma € 32 m Marco Pjaca Dinamo Zagreb € 23 m Mario Lemina Marseille € 9.5 m Juan Cuadrado Chelsea Loan: € 5 m Medhi Benatia Bayern Munich Loan: € 3 m Dani Alves Barcelona Free transfer Simone Ganz Como Free transfer List of players who left Juventus: Name Transferred to Transfer fee Paul Pogba Manchester United € 105 m Alvaro Morata Real Madrid € 30 m Roberto Pereyra Watford € 13 m Simone Zaza West Ham Loan: € 5 m Hordur Magnusson Bristol City € 2.5 m Marcel Buchel Empoli € 1.2 m Gabriel Leganes € 1 m Simone Padoin Cagliari € 600 thousand Higuain can replace Morata without any problem, while Miralem Pjanic will try to help Allegri to fill the gap in the midfield. To be optimistic, it will be too hard to overcome Juventus at the top of table. Napoli After losing Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus, the Neapolitan side have less chances of succeeding in the league campaign, as Arkadiusz Milik will find it hard to replace the Argentine, while his young age (22 yo) and lack of top league experience will hamper his job. List of players who joined Napoli: Name Transferred from Transfer fee Arkadiusz Milik Ajax € 32 m Amadou Diawara Bologna € 14.5 m Piotr Zielinski Udinese € 14 m Lorenzo Tonelli Empoli € 10 m Nicola Maksimovic Torino Loan: € 5 m Emanuele Giaccherini Sunderland € 1.5 m List of players who left Napoli: Name Transferred to Transfer fee Gonzalo Higuain Juventus € 90 m David Lopez Espanyol € 4 m Mirko Valdifiori Torino € 3.5 m Mariano Andujar Estudiantes € 455 thousand Giusepe Palma Chiasso Free transfer Moreover, when Napoli had huge advantage over Juventus last season with league top-scorer Higuain in their squad and finally let the leader status slip away, it will be much harder for them to compete with Massimiliano Allegri’s men when Gonzalo is now in the opposite side of the river. Roma The Wolves’ main activity in this transfer window was keeping their loaned players, as Mohamed Salah, Edin Dzeko, Stephan El Shaarawy, Antonio Rudiger signed permanent contracts with the club. Roma’s main loss was Pjanic’s move to Juventus, but they have already bought Gerson from Fluminense, Diego Perotti from Genoa and Alisson from Internacional. List of players who joined Roma: Name Transferred from Transfer fee Gerson Fluminense € 16.6 m Mohamed Salah Chelsea € 15 m Stephan El Shaarawy Milan € 13 m Edin Dzeko Manchester City € 11 m Diego Perotti Genoa € 9 m Alisson Internacional € 8 m Mario Rui Empoli Loan: € 3 m Sadiq Umar Spezia € 2.5 m Abdullahi Nura Spezia € 2.5 Juan Jesus Inter Milan Loan: € 2 m Norbert Gyomber Catania € 1.5 m Federico Fazio Tottenham Loan: € 1.2 m Moustapha Seck Lazio Free Transfer List of players who left Roma: Name Transferred to Transfer fee Miralem Pjanic Juventus € 32 m Adem Ljajic Torino € 8.5 m Dodo Inter € 7.8 m Antonio Sanabria Real Betis € 7.5 m Matteo Politano Sassuolo € 3.5 m However, Roma will mostly count not on their players’ extraordinary class, but on their coach’s genius. Luciano Spalletti is famous for his ability to play on long distances, and Serie A can become his time of glory. Combining his presence with the quality of young players and with the team’s older members’ experience, Roma can question Juventus’s title hopes. Prediction Juventus will celebrate another Serie A victory as their squad is much stronger and more balanced compared to the opponents. Roma will probably occupy the second place and leave Napoli in the third position.

Italian Serie A is already underway and two fixtures were played so far. 2016/17 season kicked off with Roma – Udinese game. And the Roman side is believed to be Juventus’s main opponent in the championship. Napoli and Inter Milan will fight for the Champions league spots and will even try to interfere the battle for the first place. Howbeit, Juventus are still the firm favourite to bag another domestic victory. Let’s see what changes have already occurred in last year’s top 3 clubs and make prediction on their final positions.

Juventus

The Old lady is the main newsmaker of current transfer window as they not only accomplished Paul Pogba’s record-breaking sale, but have also made multi-million transfers.

List of players who joined Juventus:

Name Transferred from Transfer Fee
Gonzalo Higuain Napoli € 90 m
Miralem Pjanic Roma € 32 m
Marco Pjaca Dinamo Zagreb € 23 m
Mario Lemina Marseille € 9.5 m
Juan Cuadrado Chelsea Loan: € 5 m
Medhi Benatia Bayern Munich Loan: € 3 m
Dani Alves Barcelona Free transfer
Simone Ganz Como Free transfer

List of players who left Juventus:

Name Transferred to Transfer fee
Paul Pogba Manchester United € 105 m
Alvaro Morata Real Madrid € 30 m
Roberto Pereyra Watford € 13 m
Simone Zaza West Ham Loan: € 5 m
Hordur Magnusson Bristol City € 2.5 m
Marcel Buchel Empoli € 1.2 m
Gabriel Leganes € 1 m
Simone Padoin Cagliari € 600 thousand

Higuain can replace Morata without any problem, while Miralem Pjanic will try to help Allegri to fill the gap in the midfield.

To be optimistic, it will be too hard to overcome Juventus at the top of table.

Napoli

After losing Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus, the Neapolitan side have less chances of succeeding in the league campaign, as Arkadiusz Milik will find it hard to replace the Argentine, while his young age (22 yo) and lack of top league experience will hamper his job.

List of players who joined Napoli:

Name Transferred from Transfer fee
Arkadiusz Milik Ajax € 32 m
Amadou Diawara Bologna € 14.5 m
Piotr Zielinski Udinese € 14 m
Lorenzo Tonelli Empoli € 10 m
Nicola Maksimovic Torino Loan: € 5 m
Emanuele Giaccherini Sunderland € 1.5 m

List of players who left Napoli:

Name Transferred to Transfer fee
Gonzalo Higuain Juventus € 90 m
David Lopez Espanyol € 4 m
Mirko Valdifiori Torino € 3.5 m
Mariano Andujar Estudiantes € 455 thousand
Giusepe Palma Chiasso Free transfer

Moreover, when Napoli had huge advantage over Juventus last season with league top-scorer Higuain in their squad and finally let the leader status slip away, it will be much harder for them to compete with Massimiliano Allegri’s men when Gonzalo is now in the opposite side of the river.

Roma

The Wolves’ main activity in this transfer window was keeping their loaned players, as Mohamed Salah, Edin Dzeko, Stephan El Shaarawy, Antonio Rudiger signed permanent contracts with the club.

Roma’s main loss was Pjanic’s move to Juventus, but they have already bought Gerson from Fluminense, Diego Perotti from Genoa and Alisson from Internacional.

List of players who joined Roma:

Name Transferred from Transfer fee
Gerson Fluminense € 16.6 m
Mohamed Salah Chelsea € 15 m
Stephan El Shaarawy Milan € 13 m
Edin Dzeko Manchester City € 11 m
Diego Perotti Genoa € 9 m
Alisson Internacional € 8 m
Mario Rui Empoli Loan: € 3 m
Sadiq Umar Spezia € 2.5 m
Abdullahi Nura Spezia € 2.5
Juan Jesus Inter Milan Loan: € 2 m
Norbert Gyomber Catania € 1.5 m
Federico Fazio Tottenham Loan: € 1.2 m
Moustapha Seck Lazio Free Transfer

List of players who left Roma:

Name Transferred to Transfer fee
Miralem Pjanic Juventus € 32 m
Adem Ljajic Torino € 8.5 m
Dodo Inter € 7.8 m
Antonio Sanabria Real Betis € 7.5 m
Matteo Politano Sassuolo € 3.5 m

However, Roma will mostly count not on their players’ extraordinary class, but on their coach’s genius. Luciano Spalletti is famous for his ability to play on long distances, and Serie A can become his time of glory. Combining his presence with the quality of young players and with the team’s older members’ experience, Roma can question Juventus’s title hopes.

Prediction

Juventus will celebrate another Serie A victory as their squad is much stronger and more balanced compared to the opponents. Roma will probably occupy the second place and leave Napoli in the third position.

Gevorg Loretsyan