This weekend the new season of Italian top flight is back. After Inter Milan's triumph last season to end Juventus' nine years domestic domination, the title race is believed to return to square one as Nerrazurri could not keep Conte, Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi for 2021/22 campaign due to their financial crisis. Without any of their key figures, Inter is no longer considered as favorite to retain the title since their replacements are not quite satisfactory for their fans. Simone Inzaghi, Edin Dzeko and Denzel Dumfries are not on the same level of their predecessors yet. The arrival of Hakan Calhanoglu, who would be prepared to take Christian Eriksen's post after his sudden collapse in EURO 2020 has not pleased their fans yet. No wonder that La Beniamata is back to the same position as their contenders in the title race.
Inter Milan is not exactly the only Serie A team who have just appointed a new manager. There are ten other clubs which have done so, with four of them switch sides among the elites. They are Maurizio Sarri, Jose Mourinho, Luciano Spaletti plus Max Allegri who returns to his former side after his sabbatical. Sarri who spent quite long in Napoli before finally winning Serie A title with Juventus in 2020 but then dismissed not long after, is at the helm of Lazio this season. The Special One Jose Mourinho who was more identical to Inter's treble in 2010, has joined AS Roma while Luciano Spaletti who had been in charge of AS Roma and a brief spell in Inter, decided to return to the side of the pitch with Il Partenopei.
Apart from them, there are four more names switching sides, something which is considerably common in Serie A, unlike in Premier League or La Liga, without too much criticism. They are Ivan Juric, previously was in Verona and Genoa, is now leading Torino to improve their horrible campaign last season. Roberto D'Aversa, from Parma to Sampdoria, Vicenzo Italiano from Spezia to Fiorentina and Eusebio di Francesco who thrived with Sassuolo and Roma but had declining form with Cagliari last season, has signed for Verona.
So, which teams shall finish the top four and would Juventus be able to reclaim their lost throne? Here are the details of those remaining rivals of Inter this season.
- AS Roma: Giallorossi is one of the most ambitious teams this season. They are targeting a return to the Champions League zone and the earliest team to revamp the squad by signing Jose Mourinho in command, Portuguese international goalie, Rui Patricio, Uruguayan wing back Mathias Vina from Palmeiras and the latest signing, Chelsea's Tammy Abraham. They are replacing Pedro, Pau Lopez, Bruno Peres and Cengiz Under who have been sold this summer. If Mourinho could prove his class again here, Roma would at least join the title race and earn one spot for UCL next season.
- Juventus: La Vecchia Signora is calling back Max Allegri to replace Andrea Pirlo who failed to impress the board last season. There has not been much to do during the transfer window apart from sealing the permanent contract for Weston Mackennie and signing Manuel Locatelli on loan from Sassuolo. However, Allergri's return remains a threat for all and he might be leading CR7 and Co back to the top.
- AC Milan: Rossonerro was actually the favorite to win the league last season and did lead the table until the crucial stages because of relying too much on the aging Zlatan. This summer Milan is another active side in the transfer window since they captured three important signigns, Olivier Giroud, Lille's Mike Maignan, Allesandro Florenzi and Monaco's Ballo Toure, plus released Jens Hauge on loan, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Hakan Calhanoglu for free and sold Diego Laxalt to Russia. The key for Milan is consistency. As long as their positive results can endure, Stefano Pioli's men should do better and could be in a three or four horse race for a silverware.
- Lazio: Maurizio Sarri is back with his Sarriball at the capital. It would be quite a change for the squad which has been used to 3-5-2 formation and counter attack. The arrival of Felipe Anderson, Pedro and E Hysac from Napoli hopefully could ease the transformation to Sarri's regular 4-3-3 and lead them to be back to the top four.
- Napoli: Il Partenopei would have to struggle to be just competing for Champions League zone. Spalletti's experience might not be enough to guide Lorenzo Insigne and Co to finish higher than fifth in the standings. Their minimum activity at the current transfer window by only snatching Matteo Politano permanently and Juan Jesus from Roma for free shows how limited their options are for shining this season.
- Atalanta: The constant dark horse in the past few season shall remain the same. La Dea just sold Pierluigi Gollini and Christian Romero to Spurs but their replacement is quite equal, Juan Musso and Merih Demirel. Only inconsistency stands in Gasperini's men's way for a silverware.