Serie A 2018/2019

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  1. Luigi Habs

    Luigi Habs Captain Saku

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    Many people will start watching Serie A this season with Ronaldo joining Juve.

    Although juve are the clear favorites, I think the Serie A title race will once again be a tight one with each of Juve, Napoli and Inter improving.

    I think Juve will be back to a permanent 3-5-2 with Bonucci back. They should look like this:

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    Benatia/Rugani-Bonucci-Chiellini
    Cuadrado/Cancelo-Can-Pjanic-Matuidi-Sandro
    Dybala-Ronaldo​

    I still don’t like that midfield if they are hoping to win the CL.
     
  2. koyvoo

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    Last season was the best season in general for The to flight in Italy in a long time. Hopefully the upward trend continues this year.
     
  3. robertmac43

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    Looking forward to the Milan derby this year, also looking forward to seeing Parma back in the top flight. Should be a fun season.
     
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    Hoping Milan can have a good season. Higuain should help with that. Also rooting for someone to knock off the old tart of the pedestal.
     
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    I am really disappointment with the Caladara-Bonucci swap. I really did not want to see that traitor in a Juventus jersey again, especially for Caldara. We gifted Milan a future world class cb. I guess from his side, the grass isn't greener on the other side.

    Playing 3 defenders should not happen. It's not needed, especially with the amount of wingers we have.

    I agree, the midfield is pretty bad outside of Pjanic. Can is a mystery box and we don't know if Marchiso is fully healthy. The midfield is lacking another player who can pass, dribble, tackle and shoot. I hope Bentacour will step up. Instead of swapping Caldara/Bonucci we could have signed a player like SMS, Golovin whom we were rumored to sign, etc..... It's like this team is allergic to signing a midfielder.
     
  6. Cassano

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    Remember when Juve had a stacked mid with Vidal Pogba Marchisio and Pirlo with Matri and Quagliarella as strikers?

    Now they have freaking Emre Can and Cristiano Ronaldo. Lol
     
  7. Luigi Habs

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    I’m also disappointed with the Bonucci/Caldara swap but I don’t think it’s a good move for Caldara honestly. He will be asked to lead the Milan backline while at Juve he would not be relied upon as much. Juve are good in developing defenders. Milan are terrible at it. I wish though Juve had a buy back option on him.
     
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    I think Higuain will be a big flop with Milan, and won't be scoring a lot of goals.
     
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    Well given their recent track rocord I wouldn't be surprised.
     
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    Juventus are such an old team now. So many of their presumptive starters are 30+. I hope age catches up with them this year.
     
  11. Evilo

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    7 titles in a row. I don't think there's been a major league champ with that many straight titles currently. Even Bayern has "only" 6 straight.
    You can book the 8th.
     
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    In fact, I think all 5 major league champions are already known. Barca, Juventus, PSG, Bayern and City.
     
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    City is unsure to win it again although they’re strong favorites. Juve will win Serie A but it will be close.
    Barca should also win but you never know. We thought last season should be a cakewalk for Real Madrid.
     
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    It won't be close in any of these leagues IMO.
     
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    Madrid will do better in the league... Barca are better as well you could argue. Atleti too.

    I wouldn't count any of them out.
     
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    Don't believe for a second Real will be better. Atletico yes. At least on paper.
     
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    It seems like the lower tiers of Italian football are currently collapsing, and that without any exaggeration, the opening round of Serie C has now been postponed until September for financial reasons and it's quite likely that the situation won't improve by then. Even cancelling the season altogether is possible, at best it will take place in a reduced form.
     
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    They have a better coach. Yeah, Ronaldo is gone but others will move in his place.
     
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    Lol such a hater.

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    I think Ounas will have a great season under Ancelotti
     
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    Zidane won 3 CLs in 2.5 years. And won the La Liga once in 2 full seasons as well (nearly won it in 15-16 as well, despite the mess Benitez left).

    Lopetegui managed Porto to exactly zero titles and was gived the clubs biggest budget ever. He was let go when he was 3rd in the league, at the time.
    Aside from managing Spain in qualification his managing resume isn't exactly that great.

    This whole thing of ZZ just stepping into it and winning 3 CLs and doing a job my late grandma could've done is, and always was, utterly ridiculous.
    Helped along by such wonderful pundits like Stevie Nichol and his ilk.

    On what grounds exactly would one conclude that Lopetegui is a better manager than ZZ?
     
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    Lopetegui's teams are much better organized and conneced offensively. He won't have the motivational ability/luck of Zidane, and there's a decent chance he'll just be the fall guy for an off year with so much squad upheaval, but he could make Real perform much better in those random Liga matches where Zidane's teams often played terribly.
     
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    How many games have you seen Lopetegui's Porto play? Or Spain U-21/U-20?
    I'm guessing not many.

    Now, seeing as how he was generally considered a failure in Portugal (and got fired) and that he never got to manage Spain at a big tournament, why exactly would anyone consider him an upgrade to Zidane?
    Not to mention, managing a team like Madrid is different from managing Spain U-20.

    And let's get this whole "Zidane's Madrid sucked in the Liga" thing out of the way.
    He came in after the Benitez s**tshow and nearly caught up to Barca, he did great in his first year.
    Won the La Liga in the 2nd year, using the B team a lot of the time, resting key older players for the CL.
    And the only time his side were subpar in the league was last year, one year where people can blame ZZ all they want, but the start of the season was a bonanza of injuries to key players (and some suspensions and subsequent poor form).

    Also, I've never even heard any serious argument about any manager where "luck" was a thing he had going for him.
    I mean, what the hell lol...

    Zidane, while not a tactical nutter like Allegri, set his team to play direct, ball-moving football, with fullbacks playing so far up the 4-3-3 was more like 2-1-2-5 for a lot of the games. It worked because he had world class players and he knew it, otherwise he would've adjusted - like he did last year and went for 4-4-2 at key times when Carvajal was out or struggling post-injury.
    His game management was spot on for so many key CL matches yet people still somehow miss that.
     
  24. Vasilevskiy

    Vasilevskiy I've many surnames

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    You need lots of luck to achieve what ZZ did. Not taking away any credit. He won so much without playing really good soccer most of time
     
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    Has Napoli really improved? The loss of Jorginho is massive IMO, and I am not convinced Ancelotti does better with this squad than Sarri did. This is the worst team he has trained so far in his career.
     

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