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Teams to Follow – Serie A

With six game weeks played, the Serie A table is taking shape. While there is a long way to go, it gives us an idea of how everything will look at the end of the season. As ever with soccer, some teams will start strong and then fade away. Others could take a while to get going and finish the season in potent form. Here are the teams to follow in Serie A to give you an idea of who to keep an eye on. 

AC Milan 

Recent History and Achievements

Considered one of the biggest clubs of all time and seven time Champions League winners, AC Milan has not had a fruitful past decade, slipping from relevance since their last Champions League victory in 2007. 

Why Follow Them? 

Early signs are good for AC Milan, and they currently sit on top of Serie A with four wins from five games while also remaining unbeaten so far. This is in stark contrast to their previous few years, but as it’s still early days, they could revert to their old form. Still, those who respect the heritage of Italian football, and AC Milan in general will want to see them do well, and with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic still excelling even at 39 years old, they’re in with a chance to keep up their excellent form. 

Key Players to Look Out For 

  • Theo Hernandez
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic 
  • Hakan Çalhanoğlu

Juventus 

Recent History and Achievements

Juventus are the most successful Italian side of the modern era and have won Serie A in the last nine seasons. They also reached the Champions League final in 2017, although they have not won the competition since 1996. 

Why Follow Them? 

Juventus are the best team in Italy when looking at the most recent honors, and this itself should be enough to convince you to keep an eye on Juve and their players. With club legend Andrea Pirlo taking the reins this season, things could go one or two ways, though, and although they currently sit third in Serie A and remain unbeaten, they have struggled to get out of first gear, with three wins and three draws so far. 

Key Players to Look Out For 

  • Cristiano Ronaldo 
  • Weston McKennie
  • Alvaro Morata 

Napoli 

Recent History and Achievements

Napoli’s most recent honors came last season, where they were crowned Coppa Italia winners. However, their domestic season was inconsistent, thanks in part to a bizarre mutiny from the players, seeing them drop out of the top six after finishing in second place in the 18/19 season. 

Why Follow Them? 

With Gennaro Gattuso in charge for his first full season at Napoli, taking over from Don Carlo after he moved to Everton, there should be a level of consistency. Hopefully, there won’t be as much drama as what we encountered last year, and they will want to return to the Champions League. Despite only making one signing during the summer in Victor Osimhen from Lille, this could be an exciting addition to increase their firepower. 

Key Players to Look Out For

  • Lorenzo Insigne
  • Fabián Ruiz
  • Victor Osimhen

Atalanta 

Recent History and Achievements

Atalanta have seen little in the way of silverware, with their last major trophy coming in a Coppa Italia victory in 1963. They’ve won the Serie B several times with millennium, but with two consecutive third-place finishes, things are looking up. 

Why Follow Them? 

Atalanta play what is arguably the sexiest soccer in the league, and this is part of why they are considered the most recent Hipster Team (following on from Borussia Dortmund). They scored the most goals in the leagues last season (98) on their way to a third place finish, and they might hope they can push the champions and surrounding teams to their limits again. If nothing else, they are perhaps the most entertaining team in Europe (and perhaps the world), so any soccer fan should try to catch as many games as possible. 

Key Players to Look Out For 

  • Josip Iličić
  • Marten de Roon
  • Papu Gómez

Internazionale

Recent History and Achievements

Like their Milan neighbors, Internazionale (or Inter Milan) have not seen much success over the past decade, and they have not won a trophy since 2010/11’s Coppa Italia victory. Last season showed marked improvement with Antonio Conte at the helm, and they came within a point of Juventus and reached the final of the Europa League. 

Why Follow Them? 

Inter is hopefully spurred on by their performances last season, and they will want to end the decade-long quest for silverware while also establishing themselves back on top of the Italian pyramid. After many years of relative obscurity, Antonio Conte is on the right track to change Inter’s fortunes, and many people expect them to replicate their performances from last season where they only lost four games, although these came in big games, something that will need to change. 

Key Players to Look Out For 

  • Romelu Lukaku 
  • Christian Eriksen 
  • Achraf Hakimi

Lazio

Recent History and Achievements

Lazio last won Serie A in 2000, but has won the Coppa Italia twice in the past 10 years, including a victory in 2019. Their form across the first two-thirds of the season was impressive, and many thought they would topple Juventus, but just five wins from their last 12 games was not enough for them to capitalize.

Why Follow Them? 

Lazio have not made an incredible start to the season, and currently sit in 9th place with three wins, one draw, and two defeats. Despite this, the quality of Ciro Immobile and the fact they have lost no first-team players will encourage them they can go the distance, and they will be eager to make up for the problems they encountered last season where, despite pushing Juventus for much of the season, they ended up in fourth place due to goal difference and slums in form. 

Key Players to Look Out For 

  • Ciro Immobile
  • Luis Alberto
  • Sergej Milinkovic-Savic

While these teams are definitely ones to follow right now, it doesn’t mean that there won’t be any surprises as the season progresses. The likes of Sassuolo have also started strong, while Roma could also demonstrate their quality. The likes of Juventus will always be in and around the top three, but this could be the year where their nine-year dominance is toppled by another.