FEATURE I 5 Serie A teams to look out for this season

With the curtains set to raise this evening for a brand new Serie A season, GIFN’s Julian Faustini lists five teams within the top-flight Italian team to keep an eye on throughout this year’s campaign.

Bologna

Since former Inter midfielder Thiago Motta has taken the role at the helm of the Rossoblu, Bologna managed to have an astounding second half of the season.

The Italian tactician implemented a possessive style-of-play that was direct and fluid within the offensive phase, getting the best out of holding midfielder Nicolas Dominguez and winger Riccardo Orsolini and posing a threat against the top dogs within the league.

Ultimately, Motta’s incredible six-month run has led Bologna to finishing ninth within the league, only eight points short of attaining European football.

With the Rossoblu having lost star forward Marko Aranutovic as the Austrian marksman has joined Inter, it will be interesting to see whether Bologna can maintain the bar that they have set following last season.

Sassuolo

Despite the underwhelming  first half of the season last year which found the Nerroverdi slightly afloat from relegation, Sassuolo has emerged into a dangerous attacking force within the second half of the season.

Dionisi’s swift counter-attacking style prevailed in the second phase of the campaign, with Davide Frattessi orchestrating the midfield and making impeccable runs in-behind the defence, as well as starlet Hamed Traore dominating the flanks with his wicked pace.

In the end, the Nerroverdi have managed to finish 13th, saving themselves from what almost seemed like a potential relegation after a horrific first half of the season.

With Dionisi’s side having lost key midfielder Davide Fratessi as the Italian international has joined Inter and gaining promising forward Samuele Mulaterri from the Nerazzuri as part of the deal, whom has had a loan spell with Frosinone last season as he tallied 12 goals in 29 appearances within the Serie B, it will be intriguing to see how the Nerroverdi will manage and whether Dionisi’s fluid attacking-style can emerge into full display this season. 

Monza

Within the second half of last year’s campaign, Palladino’s side has arised as arguably one of most exciting teams to witness within the league.

The Biancorossi managed to stun Serie A giants Inter, Juventus, and Napoli in the second phase of the season, and have also  maintained a seven-game unbeaten streak at a certain point.

Breakout Serie A star Carlos Augusto played a vital in Monza’s impressive eleventh-placed finish last season after being promoted only one season prior, notching six goals and five assists in 35 matches.

In addition, the three in the midfield combination of Stefano Sensi, Nicolo Rovella, and Matteo Pessina was a significant aspect as they served as the architects, providing the building-blocks within Monza’s ruthless counter-attacking plays.

With the Biancorossi having lost Nicolo Rovella to Lazio, as well as Stefano Sensi and Carkos Augusto to the Nerazzurri, it will be compelling to see if Pallodino can break into the top ten despite having lost several staples within his starting eleven.

Genoa

Despite being newly promoted within the Serie A, Genoa have made impressive signings within the mercato heading into the new season,.

The Rossoblu have managed to acquire blistering forward Mateo Retegui from Boca Juniors, who shined with the Italian national when called upon by Mancini.

In addition, Genoa have obtained Milan winger Junior Messias, who possess a great deal of experience within the Serie A despite his underwhelming run of form last season.

Furthermore, the newly promoted side are nearing the acquisition of former Atalanta forward Ruslan Malinovskyi, whom has proven ti be a dangerous threat within Italy throughout his time with the Lombardy club.

With plenty of engaging players set to join the club, Genoa are definitely the key newly-promoted side to keep an eye on as they can evolve into a surprise package as the season progresses.

Fiorentina

After coming short of breaking into the top six last season, the Viola have made major adjustments within the transfer window in order to prepare for this year’s campaign.

Fiorentina have manged to secure attacking pair Lucas Beltran and M’Bala Nzola, promising full-back Fabiano Parisi, central defender Yerry Mina, eccentric midfielders Arthur Melo and Gino Infantino, and shot-stopper Oliver Christensen.

Meanwhile, Italiano’s side have decided to offload central defender Igor as the Brazilian joined Brighton, as well as Arthur Cabral to Benfica as a result of the Brazilian’s lack of consistency over the past 18 months.

With Fiorentina having made a handful of key signings as a follow-up to their seventh-placed finish last year, it will be enticing to see if Italiano can finally lead his side to Europa League qualification within his third season at the helm.

Julian Faustini Ι GIFN

 

 

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