The crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on Calcium, which lost one of its great stars
The Inter de Milan, orphan of the Belgian Romelu Lukaku; the Juventus Turin, pending the future of the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo; Atalanta, with the Colombian duván Zapata and Luis Muriel; the Milan from swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic or the Napoli of Hirving Lozano This weekend the new season of the A league, one of the most evenly matched ever.
The sales of an Inter in economic crisis that has lost Lukaku and the Moroccan Achraf Hakimi, the return of Massimiliano Allegri to Juventus, the hunger of an Atalanta that continues to shine for its sporting management, the enthusiasm of Milan and the competitiveness of Naples mix the cards in a Serie A that begins without a clear owner or a true favorite.
The economic crisis, aggravated by the coronavirus, sank clubs like Inter, which had to sacrifice two of its key players, Lukaku and Achraf, in addition to seeing how Antonio Conte said goodbye, not trusting the sports project, to alleviate your situation.
The Milanese team bet on the bench for Simone Inzaghi, former Lazio coach, and signed the Bosnian Edin Dzeko, 35, to cover the loss of Lukaku. He also incorporated the Dutch Denzel Dumfries, one of the best of his country in the Eurocup, to replace Achraf.
His championship begins in an accessible way, with a duel in San Siro against Genoa in which the spotlight will be on the Argentine Lautaro Martínez, who, at least for the moment, remained as the main asset up front.
Juventus is also experiencing a time of economic crisis, with millionaire losses that the club tried to alleviate with an imposing capital increase of 400 million, thanks to the support of five international banks.
Ronaldo, who enters his last year of contract and earns 31 million euros net per season, broke his silence last Tuesday to ask for more respect and deny the long series of information circulated in the international media about his possible departure from Juventus.
At the moment, he was seen playing on a trident with the Italian Federico Chiesa and the Argentine Paulo Dybala, who seeks to relaunch his career after a negative last year, weighed down by injuries, in which he only scored five goals.
Allegri, the architect of the Juventine golden years, returned with five titles in five years. He was fired in 2019 to bet on a more offensive game, but neither Maurizio Sarri nor Andrea Pirlo managed to keep up their winning pace.
The first rival will be Udinese, a complicated rival, particularly at home, but orphaned by the Argentine Rodrigo De Paul, signed by Atlético Madrid.
In a context in which the traditional greats of Italy pay the economic crisis, Atalanta continues as an example of a virtuous club: its competent sports management shines when it comes to attracting talent, with relatively cheap signings that shine on the field and that allowed turn the Bergamo club into a group capable of playing host to the colossi.
Muriel will lead the team in the visit to Torino, in a match in which Duván will most likely not be, who is still recovering from a physical problem.
It will also be the day that marks the return to “Calcio” of the Portuguese Jose Mourinho, coach of Roma, who will debut at the Olympic stadium in the capital against Fiorentina by Argentine Nico González.
– Program of the first day:
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Sunday August 22:
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