Milan is cutting the bar for the new season of the Italian Football League “Saturday”, and is aware that any incomplete pedal will reduce its chances of retaining the title, especially in light of the expected open competition and the absence of an explicit candidate.
Milan will host Udinese at the San Siro stadium, coinciding with the meeting of Sampdoria and its guest Atalana in the first two matches of the season, hoping to achieve a positive start, especially since its recent history in the opening matches is not ideal, after winning five and losing the same in the past ten seasons.
Last season, Milan won the “Scudetto” title for the first time since 2011 led by coach Stefano Pioli, keeping the cup in Milan, but in the red section of it, after Inter won it in 2021, ending a nine-year monopoly from Juventus.
The “Rossoneri” realizes that the task will be difficult, and he lost the efforts of Ivorian Frank Kessie in favor of Barcelona this summer, but he brought in the Belgian free striker Divock Origi from Liverpool and spent 35 million euros (36 million dollars) to win the promising and unknown striker at the same time, Belgian Charles de Kettler.
Although Pioli’s squad does not include resonant names, except for Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is at the age of 40 and has passed his glory days, the coach managed to find the combination, especially with the brilliant Portuguese Rafael Leao in the front line and the likes of French Theo Hernandez in defense.
Later on Saturday evening, Inter will come to Lecce, returning to the top flight after two seasons in the second division, after a relatively disappointing summer, despite bringing back Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea, after he was the most prominent contributor to the title last year.
However, the “Nerasori” lost the race against Roma to include Juventus star Argentine striker Paulo Dybala, and against Juventus to include the best defender last season, Brazilian Gleason Bremer.
Coach Simone Inzaghi’s team lost the title last season, by two points from Milan, after a breathtaking race in the last stages, and was satisfied with winning the cup title by beating Juventus 4-2 in the extra halves with the goals of Croatian Ivan Perisic, who moved this summer to Tottenham.
Although Dybala lost, Inzaghi, along with Lukaku, will count on Argentine Lautaro Martinez, who starred remarkably last season, and his compatriot Joaquin Correa.
Juventus will conclude the opening stage on Monday evening at home against Sassuolo, hoping for a better start to the season than they achieved in the past when they failed to win their first four matches.
That poor start prompted the “Bianconeri” to run a risky race for the fourth and final place in qualifying for the Champions League, which they managed to achieve at the end of the season, especially due to the decline in the results of their direct pursuers, Roma and Lazio.
Despite abandoning Dybala after not reaching an agreement to renew his contract, coach Massimiliano Allegri’s team supported his other Argentinean, Angel Di Maria from Paris Saint-Germain, and French midfielder Paul Pogba, who starred in his ranks between 2012 and 2016, after a difficult period at Manchester United, But he will be out until September due to a knee injury. It also included the Serbian international winger Filip Kostic from Eintracht Frankfurt, Germany.
He compensated with Bremer the departure of Dutchman Matthijs de Ligt to Bayern Munich and Giorgio Chiellini to the United States.
Although he finished last season in sixth place, many are counting on Roma, who beat Salernitana on Sunday, the dark horse in the championship, who won his last title in “Serie A” in 2001.
In addition to winning the first edition of the European “Converse League” competition, which restored morale after many years of disappointments, Dybala’s arrival raised hopes that he could actually compete for the title, or at least return to the Champions League for the first time since the 2018-2019 season.
The Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho’s team also added to his ranks the experience of the Dutch international Georginio Wijnaldum from Paris Saint-Germain, and Wijnaldum had achieved with Liverpool the European Champions League title in 2019 and is still at the top of his giving at the age of thirty-one.
Owned by the former prime minister and the architect of the glory of Milan Silvio Berlusconi, Montaza will enter the limelight for the first time in its history since its founding in 1912, and will play his first match at home against Turin, and along with Lecce, Cremonese returns to the elite league for the first time since the 1995-1996 season.
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