On the match that will kick-off this season of Italian football
The title winners (and Cup winners) Juventus, will face off against Lazio, which was the beaten finalist of Coppa de Italia, in what will mark the return of this competition to Italian territory, after three years in a row where it was played outside Italy. Besides that, this trophy will be played once again at the beginning of the season, as opposed to what happened in 2016 when it was played in December.
This team from Turin goes into this season after having had an excellent season last year, winning 3 trophies (Cup, Supercup and Serie A) and reaching the Champions League final again, despite then getting smashed by Real Madrid 4-1.
On this transfer window, the team was pretty active, signing some very good quality players, namely for their attack, such as Douglas Costa or Bernadeschi, but also for their defensive sector, with Benatia and De Sciglio for example. That only happened though, after they lost one of their quality starters Bonucci to AC Milan and Dani Alves to PSG.
Moving on to Lazio, the team led by Simone Inzaghi goes into this season after having an interesting campaign last year, reaching the final of Coppa de Itallia and still finishing 5th on the league table, ensuring qualification for the Europa League, which is something that they weren’t able to achieve for some time.
They played good football, as their records show (4th best attack and worst defence of the top 7 teams in the league – they suffered nearly double the goals that Juventus did for example). In terms of transfers, the team was pretty quiet, with their most sounding signings being Lucas Leiva and Felipe Caicedo, while losing one of the most influential players on the team Lucas Biglia, to AC Milan.
Juventus, despite losing one of their defensive cornerstones, have strengthened themselves enough to keep their dominance in Italian football in my opinion and they might even be able to even increase it, hiring offensive players to cover some spots where they lacked solutions for the toughest periods of the season physically.
With Douglas Costa and Bernadeschi adding quality to their offensive process, the Italian champions seem better. On the Lazio side, they seem to go into this new season with less quality on their squad, despite having a good pre-season with some interesting results.
Juventus vs Lazio Pick:
In any way, Juventus has boosted their squad’s quality and depth in my opinion, hoping to keep their supremacy on the domestic competitions, despite their rivals having signed quality players as well.
Facing this Lazio team who seems to have less quality solutions this season and that is still way below Juventus quality-wise, I don’t expect nothing more than a Juventus win, by 1 or 2 goals, although I still don’t fancy a match with a lot of goals (maybe 2-0).