The previous season of the Serie A produced a tremendous upset as Juventus, who had won the league for the last nine years barely got through to the top four standings. They had to struggle all season for results and sealed Champions League qualification on the final matchday.
A fantastic Inter Milan side – managed by Antonio Conte – won their first ever Serie A in 11 years. Conte has since, left the club, and newly appointed manager Simone Inzaghi will try to replicate his success.
Heading into the new season of the Serie A, we can’t help feeling excited for all the talents on offer in the league. Here, we look at some of the biggest showmen waiting to flaunt their skills to us this season from the Serie A.
ROMELU LUKAKU – INTER MILAN
Romelu Lukaku was not only the best player in Serie A last season, he was also among the best forwards in Europe. It can be argued that only Robert Lewandowski, Harry Kane, and Lionel Messi had more output in front of goal than the Belgian striker.
Lukaku led the title charge for Inter Milan in season, recording 24 goals and 10 assists. His all-round play had also improved massively under Conte’s tutelage and Lukaku made excellent off-the-ball runs as well.
The tall and strong forward also excels at holding the ball well and linking up with his partner in crime Lautaro Martinez, who had also found the back of the net on 17 occasions. It goes without saying that all eyes will be on Lukaku, the biggest player in the club, as he prepares to help Inter with their title defence.
FEDERICO CHIESA – JUVENTUS
Federico Chiesa arrived to Juventus on loan last season after spending four glorious years at Fiorentina, the club he grew up with. It’s hard to believe that Chiesa is still 23 and has almost his entire career ahead of him.
In his debut season, the winger had an almost instant impact at Juventus and was arguably their best player last season. In their bid to remain in the Champions League, Chiesa proved very important and often popped up with decisive match-winning goals.
It’s this ability to deal with pressure and come up clutch at important junctures that was also on display during Euro 2020. Chiesa led the Italian offensive which culminated in a fairytale as the Azzurri lifted the glorious Henri Delaunay trophy for only the second time in its history.
Federico combines rapid pace, quick feet, trickery, and smart runs on the flanks. He also has an excellent eye for goal and can trouble the opposition defenders. It will be interesting to see whether he can help Juventus to a better finish this time around
JOAKIM MAEHLE – ATALANTA
Atalanta’s Joakim Maehle was probably the breakthrough star of the recently concluded European Championship. Maehle was a constant menace on the flanks regardless of where he was used by coach Kasper Hjulmand and provided excellent offensive overload.
Maehle’s run down the wings led to several crucial goals for Denmark throughout the competition as they made their way to a sensational semi-final finish. The 24-year-old scored twice and assisted once in Denmark’s Euro 2020 campaign. He also recovered 31 balls in six matches and had a passing accuracy of 84%.
The Dane was an understudy to Hans Hateboer last season, but will be hoping to displace him in the Atalanta starting XI this time and convince head coach Gasperini of his talents. If he manages to do so, he could prove to be a revelation in Serie A in the upcoming season.
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