Llemar Nicholson

Top 4: Juventus, AC Milan, Napoli, AS Roma

  1. Juventus – Although the likes of Milan have narrowed the quality gap in a hurry, the Old Lady should keep the pot bubbling one more year at least. Douglas Costa and Federico Bernardeschi were key adds for creativity and width lost from the Dani Alves sale while Mattia De Sciglio makes a back four more realistic. Will added domestic pressure mean the UCL eludes them again?
  2. AC Milan – Big jump, yes, but such transfer business cannot be ignored and Serie A needs and is ripe for a shakeup. This could be a three-horse race and Milan have bought a new starting eleven almost. Strength throughout should make it interesting to cover and how this expensively assembled team gels will be a talking point till December at least.
  3. Napoli – Powerful attack but a defense which still concedes too many make it difficult to place them above more rounded teams. Lorenzo Insigne, Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens will be a joy to watch as well as Adam Ounas who provides cover and depth. The question is whether they will falter like Liverpool did with a high-powered attack and they themselves or pull a Monaco and beat the Juventus winning in perpetuity door down.
  4. Roma – Could be pushed by Inter Milan for fourth after the departure of two key men in Mohamed Salah and Antonio Rudiger to the Premier League and the retirement of an icon. They’ve been sassed up by arrivals making the trek with Eusebio Di Francesco, most notably in the form of Gregoire Defrel and Lorenzo Pellegrini. The attack minded Aleksander Kolarov and former Lyon defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons also look to be good additions.