Generally, Calcio returns on June 12th and 13th with the Coppa Italia semi-finals return legs. The remaining 13 Game Weeks of the Serie A shortly follow starting from the 20th of June.
As the time to the Serie A’s return lessens day by day, there’s a reason you should be more excited for the league’s return and below are the reasons why;
You should be excited as the Serie A returns this June
1. The Title Race.
For the majority of this season, Inter Milan have been Juventus’ biggest challengers to the Scudetto both on paper and on the pitch. But in the previous five fixtures before lockdown, they slipped in a number of games while Simone Inzaghi’s Lazio capitalized on the situation.
Current leaders Juventus are a point above second-placed Lazio, and 9 points, 1 game above third-placed Inter. With Lazio gaining more momentum every game, Inter Milan can’t afford to lose any more games, while Juventus can’t afford any more slips. The race to the 2019/20 Serie A title looks to be an exciting one for the remaining fixtures.
Games in which these 3 clubs will be playing will be very entertaining for one to watch.
2. The Fight for European Places.
Three of the top four slots for Europe’s elite club competition, The Champions League look sorted with the occupants the ones fighting for the Serie A trophy.
The 4th slot is vied for by Atalanta, who are currently occupying it and Roma who are behind by 3 points plus a game more. With the Bergamo side in its top form, the UCL slot might be out of reach for the side from the capital.
With either Atalanta or Roma possibly settling for 5th position, the other 1 position is competed for by a host of the club including giants AC Milan.
There is a 9 point difference between 6th placed Napoli and 13th placed Fiorentina. All eight teams between those places have a chance to make it to the Europa League depending on the outcomes of the upcoming games.
3. The Exciting Young Prospects of Calcio.
The Italian League has had its own share of football’s future stars this season with some putting up top-level performances and high-level consistency during the previous 26 match days.
Throughout the lockdown, such stars have been linked with several clubs. Brescia’s 19-year-old regista (director) Sandro Tonali has been a big revelation this season even though he is playing for the league’s bottom side. Tonali has exhibited great skills both on and off the ball making him stand out of his compatriots at Brescia. Tonali is linked with top sides in the league and abroad.
Other exciting prospects include Milan’s Ismael Bennacer (who has the highest successful dribbles rate in Serie A), Theo Hernandez, Sassuolo’s 23-year-old forward Jeremie Boga who is tipped for a return to Chelsea, and Fiorentina’s 22-year-old captain Federico Chiesa, including Inter’s forwards Lautaro Martinez 22 and Nicolo Barella 23 among others will make the league are must watch.
4. Atalanta and Hellas Verona.
At the beginning of the season, Cagliari looked to be a surprise package of the season but unfortunately, their form wasn’t uniform at all. They sharply descended from the top 8 of the table to the bottom 8 of the League.
As Cagliari was failing to live up to their newfound fame, Hellas Verona raised up to the challenge. Initially tipped to be one of those fighting relegations this season, Verona has defied the odds and they are instead vying for Europa places in 8th place, with 1 below Milan and a game in hand.
Manager Ivan Juric has managed te team using his high pressing football tactics, which have produced memorable results in their first three Serie A seasons like the famous win against champions Juventus.
On the other hand, 4th placed Atalanta have been known for playing very attractive, entertaining and result-oriented football, the kind of football Arsenal fans wish they paid their expensive tickets for. Atalanta is a highly attacking side using all three avenues that are through the middle, and from both wings. They have failed to score in only two out of their 26 matches this season.
5. The Relegation Drama.
There is no epic league without an epic fight at the bottom of the log. An interesting relegation usually includes a team or teams which many bookmakers at the start of the campaign couldn’t tell they might survive the cut.
This season’s Calcio drama includes seasoned poachers Andrea Belotti and Fabio Quagliarella, who have each contributed 9 goals and 2 assists to their respective teams’ fight to stay in the top division.
Quagliarella’s Sampdoria started the season in a very poor form winning just one of their first seven to which they responded by showing the exit to Eusebio Di Francesco and replaced him with the man who was in charge of the 2015/16 Miracles of Leicester, Claudio Ranieri who for now has given them safety by 1 point.
On the other hand, the Granata from Turin has also been struggling not only to score but also to defend their goalposts. As a result, they also replaced Coach Walter Mazzari after his results were no longer in line with the management’s expectations. He was replaced by Moreno Longo at the beginning of February. Torino is now 15th with a point above Sampdoria and 2 above the drop zone.
Other two teams deeply involved in the relegation battle are 17th and 18th placed Genoa and Lecce respectively who are level on points but Genoa has a superior goal difference.
For the full schedule of the remaining Serie A fixtures, check out Remainder of the 2019/20 Serie A season.
Author: Katende Basajjabaka
Katende writes about sports and occasionally technology.