HOW SERIE A MIGHT BE THE CLOSEST TITLE RACE IN EUROPE THIS SEASON
Liverpool and Manchester City are sure to duke it out to the death in the English Premier League. Barcelona and Real Madrid look set for a bitter battle in the race to be La Liga champions. In the German Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund threaten to be as close to Bayern Munich as ever before. But could the closest title race not be in any of the top three leagues, but in the dormant Italian Serie A?
After a decade that has seen the Italian Serie A diminished in stature in terms of worldwide recognition following the 2006 ‘Calciopoli’ scandal around match-fixing that saw titles stripped from teams who were, in Juventus’ case, relegated and in others cases such as A.C. Milan, docked 30 points.
Serie A has benefited from the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, unquestionably, but another former Manchester United player is a key component of the hypnotic title race that is set before us this year.
Romelu Lukaku’s transfer to Inter Milan raised many eyebrows, not least in the Premier League, where the former Chelsea, Everton and West Brom striker had established himself as the number one striker at Manchester United prior to his departure. However, with the Norwegian former Old Trafford legend Solskjær openly preferring Rashford from period before he even took the job, things were always going to be difficult for the Belgian: