The Serie A season is officially in the books and as the dust begins to settle, it’s become clear that this has been one of the most interesting campaigns this league has seen in a long time. Today, we’re going to do our best to analyse why that is by listing a few things we’ve come to learn about Italian football in the months that have been and gone.
Juve aren’t untouchable
So as it turns out, Juventus aren’t destined to win every single Serie A title for the rest of time after all. Instead, they were ousted – and they only just managed to cling onto a place in the Champions League next season, too. The Old Lady were taught in one season that they can’t take the rest of Italy’s elite for granted because if they do, they’ll suffer for their sins.
Antonio Conte is elite
Antonio Conte has always been an intriguing manager to watch but more than that, he’s always done everything in his power to be a winner. Once again, he won the big one this season by guiding Inter Milan back to the top of the Italian game. Some may have doubted him and he may not stay there beyond the summer, but this man was born to win and he did just that.
Zlatan & Lukaku have still got it
We aren’t here to talk about their scuffle – as entertaining as it was – because we’re here to talk about the players themselves. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was vilified for being past his best whereas Lukaku was seen as someone who couldn’t quite climb to the lofty heights he’d set himself in the Premier League. But when push came to shove, they both showed up for the respective sides.
The building blocks in Milan
Inter Milan and AC Milan finished in 1st and 2nd place in Serie A – and isn’t that just a strange thing to say out loud? For years now either one or both of the Milan clubs have been unable to really establish themselves amongst the likes of Juventus and even Napoli, with both going through transition phases. Now, that’s all over, and we’re excited to see whether it extends to European competition too.
Serie A is back
Inter Milan, AC Milan, Atalanta, Juventus, Napoli, Lazio, Roma – and probably a few more. All of these clubs are offering up reasons to believe next season’s Serie A could be the best yet, throwing back to the good old days where the league was seen as the best in the world. If they can combine exciting domestic games with European success, we could easily be entering another golden era.
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