If you’ve ever wondered why this has been one of Serie A’s most exciting seasons to date, look no further than Juventus’ rapid rise to get back into the mix after appalling early season results. . Besides Inter Milan, Napoli, AC Milan and now Juventus, don’t rule out Atalanta as a potential fifth title contender. The race may go on until the very last day of the season and you can probably thank some of the top teams that have passed away recently for that.
Let’s dive straight into this week’s rankings:
The teams that are in the running to win the scudetto this year.
1. Inter Milano (-)
This may be the last time Simone Inzaghi’s side top our rankings as Inter Milan are in the midst of a major crisis and desperately need a turnaround in order to secure back-to-back Serie A titles. Lautaro Martinez and Edin Dzeko are one of the reasons this side endured a 425-minute goalless drought in all competitions – snapped by Martinez in Friday’s 5-0 thrashing of Salernitana. It was the longest drought since the 2017-18 season (430 minutes). Key players such as Nicolò Barella and Stefan de Vrij are also underperforming which is a direct consequence on the team’s results.
2. AC Milan (-)
Despite recent draws against Salernitana and Udinese, AC Milan cemented their status as title contenders after winning the derby earlier in the month. Rafael Leao and Sandro Tonali are at their best. Stefano Pioli has brought key players back into the fold, such as Fikayo Tomori and Ante Rebic. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is expected to be back soon after a long injury sidelined him for several weeks.
3. Napoli (-)
After being kicked out of the Europa League by Barcelona, Luciano Spalletti’s side won a crucial game against Lazio and are now back as title contenders. The former Inter Milan coach handles difficult situations very well, such as captain Lorenzo Insigne, who will leave at the end of the season for Major League Soccer’s Toronto FC. Considering how these situations have been handled in the past at Napoli, it’s nice to see the fans showing their support for both the club and the player. That was certainly a reason for the good vibes inside the locker room.
4. Juventus (-)
Raise your hand if you imagined Juventus returning to the race for the Scudetto after their disappointing results at the start of the season? The January transfer window provided a spark, and while the actual quality of the game didn’t change much, new signing Dusan Vlahović immediately brought a winning mentality that was desperately lacking early on. It won’t be easy to catch the top three teams, but given their recent rise, it’s no longer an impossible feat.
5. Atalanta (-)
If we want to label Juventus as a competitor, we have to do the same for Atalanta one game less and three points behind the Bianconeri. However, Atalanta have shown inconsistencies against Juventus that date back to last season. Injuries are also a factor, with striker Duvan Zapata out for a few weeks. Players such as Teun Koopmeiners and Ruslan Malinovskyi have stepped up considerably and will need to continue to do so in the future.
Clubs fighting to play in Europe next season.
6. Lazio (-)
Maurizio Sarri’s side were likely to be at the heart of the Champions League race but after losing to Napoli their main focus should be on securing a Europa League spot. Despite some positive results in February to keep them alive in the table, it looks like the well-known Sarriball we’ve grown accustomed to in Empoli and Napoli is still a long way off. Lazio are still adapting to the change made during the off-season and we wouldn’t be surprised if we see a bit of upheaval in the squad this summer.
7. AS Roma (+1)
Ups and downs are always a problem for a Jose Mourinho side who are seen as a long shot for one of the top four spots despite trailing fourth-placed Juventus by six points. Mourinho has been forced to include so many young players in his rotation due to injuries heavily affecting the team. Edoardo Bove and Christian Volpato have been involved recently and striker Tammy Abraham is still a focal point. In fact, Abraham is currently the top rated english among the top five European leagues with 19 goals this season. Another revelation: AS Roma are second in Serie A for the number of expected goals per game (1.8) behind Inter Milan (2.1).
Fiorentina are proving to be quite a difficult team for opponents to solve this season, as the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final against Juventus showed us. That said, new strikers Arthur Cabral and Krzysztof Piatek are struggling to keep up with the blistering pace left by the January departure of Dusan Vlahović. This is perhaps the main reason why AS Roma and Lazio have a better chance of securing the coveted Europa League spot.
9. Hellas Verona (-)
Considering this team’s performance under Igor Tudor, they certainly have a good chance of playing European football next season. Argentina striker Giovanni Simeone, who has already scored four goals in one game against Lazio, has already found the back of the net 15 times this season, with a hat-trick this weekend against Venezia. Hellas Verona signed Simeone from Cagliari in the summer for around €1m with a €12m purchase option included in the deal. It is certain that the club will trigger the clause depending on his performances this season, but it is also extremely likely that other clubs will knock on the door asking for information on his future already this summer.
These teams are already sure to stay in the league but have no chance of playing in European competitions next season.
10. Sassuolo (+1)
After Roberto De Zerbi left the club last summer, many doubted a new manager could keep the team at the same level. Enter Alessio Dionisi, who proved them wrong and guided the Neroverdi through the middle of the pack as his side put out a good product on the pitch. However, for a side that finished eighth last season and are currently in 10th place, Sassuolo will not be able to compete for any of the European places, which means that many clubs this summer are trying to select some of their key players such as Domenico Berardi. . , Gianluca Scamacca and Giacomo Raspadori.
11. Torino (-1)
Ivan Juric is still adjusting to life as a new manager and after a very strong first half of the season they are now dropping costly points which could have given them a boost in the table. Captain Andrea Belotti is expected to leave the club this summer once his current deal expires in June, but that hasn’t affected their results so far.
12. Empolis (-)
Another successful season, which is normal for teams coached by Aurelio Andreazzoli. In the past, Empoli have always been seen as a good team, but struggled to score points when needed. Well, things finally changed there.
13. Bologna (-)
Bologna manager Sinisa Mihajlovic is in the midst of an extremely average season, which is not what the club envisioned. Bologna, after such a strong start to the season, have now dropped points left and right and found themselves in mid-table with no European ambitions. Don’t be surprised if they part ways with Mihajlovic at the end of the season if things don’t improve in the next few months.
These teams are struggling and fighting to keep their place in Serie A for next season.
14. Udinese (+1)
Gabriele Cioffi’s side are not in a dangerous position at the moment and the draw against AC Milan has given supporters hope to stay put. However, they aren’t off the hook just yet and they need to score points as quickly as possible to avoid getting embroiled in the relegation mess.
15. Cagliari (+1)
Aside from Juventus, you’re looking at the team that has scored the most points in the 2022 calendar year so far (3V, 3D, 1L). We know it’s early, but what’s changed? For starters, the attitude and spirit of former Napoli and Inter manager Walter Mazzarri is starting to set in as the club weave their way out of relegation danger as things stand. Former Atalanta right-back Raoul Bellanova has shown his skills and he is now one of the best players on the list. Many clubs are already checking his situation for the summer and he could be one of the players to watch for the future.
16. Sampdoria (-2)
Marco Giampaolo’s side are struggling after a good start as new coach. Ups and downs and rivals like Cagliari drag Blucerchiati into the fight for the relegation zone. Upcoming matches will tell us the truth about this team’s potential and ability to stay on their feet. Fabio Quagliarella and Antonio Candreva are still key players while former Toronto FC striker Sebastian Giovinco is yet to make his debut.
17. Spezia (-)
Unlucky in the last few matches and they dropped so many points that it would have given them another prospect on the table, like the last-minute loss to AS Roma. Thiago Motta’s side will fight to the bitter end to avoid relegation and you can count on a side that know very well how to do it after last season under Vincenzo Italiano. Time will tell if this will be enough to sustain them.
18. Venice (-)
Unlike Spezia, Venezia are showing that their first Serie A season after a 20-year absence may be more complicated than expected as they try to avoid a quick return to the second tier after just a year in the top flight. Their main problem is scoring goals, as only two teams have fewer goals than Venezia.
19. Genoa (-)
A new owner, a new trainer, but they still had the same problems. They certainly invested more money than their rivals in the January transfer window, but things haven’t improved much. For a legendary club that has been around since 1893, things have gotten worrying as they face a serious risk of being in Serie B for the first time in almost 15 years.
20. Salerno (-)
They sacked the manager and appointed Davide Nicola in a bid to fulfill their dream of avoiding relegation. It looks like it will be next to impossible, but never say never football.