Italian Serie A 2018-19 Season Preview
The new era of the Italian Serie A starts with the 2018-19 season, as the seven-time defending champions Juventus has signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid in a hefty $138 million deal. CR7 will try to bring the UEFA Champions League Trophy back to Turin
Juventus is the dominant force in the Italian Serie A in this decade, and acquiring Cristiano Ronaldo should cement the Old Lady’s position. Likewise, Juventus bought the talented 24-year old right-back Joao Cancelo from Valencia and the skillful winger Douglas Costa from Bayern Munich, spending $47.2 million on each player, while the versatile midfielder Emre Can join the club from Liverpool on a free transfer. On the other side, Juve lost its’ legendary goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon who moved to Paris SG this summer on a free transfer, leaving the club after 17 effectual years. This means CR7 will be a new icon, and Ronaldo will lead one of the most powerful front lines in the world alongside Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain. The manager Massimiliano Allegri has plenty of quality options among the squad, so Juve will no doubt be looking for a double this year.
Last year, Juventus won the Serie A title, finishing four points ahead of Napoli. Despite a valiant effort, the Little Donkeys were unable to finally overthrowing the Old Lady. After another failure, manager Maurizio Sarri left Napoli to join Chelsea in the English Premier League, bringing the 26-year old midfielder Jorginho with him for a $67.2 million fee. The new head coach will be Carlo Ancelotti who’s won the Serie A with AC Milan back in 2004. The 22-year-old Spaniard Fabian Ruiz came from Betis to replace Jorginho, while the winger Simone Verdi should be a nice addition to Napoli’s offensive line. Playmaker Marek Hamsik is still a Donkey, and his presence in the locker room is essential for Napoli. At +700 odds, the Little Donkeys look like a nice wager, as they will try their best to win the Serie A after a 28-year drought.
AS Roma was miles away from the championship race last season, finishing in the third spot of the Serie A table, 18 points behind Juventus and five points ahead of Inter in fourth place. On the other hand, AS Roma surprisingly reached the Champions League Semi-Finals, so this time they could focus on the domestic league as their fans have been waiting for the Serie A Trophy since the 2000/2001 season. La Lupa has fortified the squad with a few quality players, bringing the playmaker Javier Pastore from Paris SG and the super talented forward Justin Kluivert from Ajax, while the Swedish goalie Robin Olsen will replace Alisson Becker between the sticks, as the Brazilian was sold to Liverpool for a $73.7 million fee. The experienced box-to-box midfielder Radja Nainggolan joined Inter in a $44.8 million transfer, making AS Roma’s bank account even fatter, so the bettors can expect more arrivals at Stadio Olimpico.