Serie A 2019/20 Preview: Antonio Conte can lead Inter Milan to the Scudettoby Chloe Beresford / 19 August 2019, 13:55Tweet
Serie A may have seen the same winner for the last eight consecutive seasons in Juventus, but the many changes that have occurred over the summer will ensure that so much will be different in 2019/20.
After five title wins in a row, Juventus felt they had come to the end of the line with previous boss Max Allegri, yet many were surprised when they replaced him with former Napoli and Chelsea man Maurizio Sarri. The Old Lady have made no secret of the fact they are targeting a Champions League win, however the new man has very little experience in Europe’s most elite competition.
Meanwhile, Inter have strengthened with the appointment of Antonio Conte, AC Milan have replaced Gennaro Gattuso with the highly-rated Marco Giampaolo, and AS Roma have brought in a Serie A newcomer in Paulo Fonseca. Napoli are hoping that Carlo Ancelotti can achieve better results in his second season in charge, while Atalanta have successfully kept hold of the excellent Gian Piero Gasperini.
First Managerial Casualty - Aurelio Andreazzoli (Genoa)
Many considered his performance to be superb in his second spell in charge at Empoli last season, as former Roma man Aurelio Andreazzoli almost kept the struggling side up while displaying some truly impressive play. That earned him a move to Genoa as the Tuscans ultimately fell to Serie B, however he may find his job is soon in doubt if early results fail to go his way.
The Grifone went through three different bosses last term as they too battled against the drop, with owner Enrico Preziosi very fond of wielding the axe when, in truth, the Coach is often not the main problem. Genoa have consistently sold all their best players in the past few years, often making the job very difficult for the man on the bench.
Title Winning Manager - Antonio Conte (Inter)
While Juve have been by far and away the best side in the last eight seasons, Inter have steadily built a squad worthy of competing for the title under owners Suning. The only component that has been missing for the Nerazzurri so far is a boss who can consistently deliver results, but with the appointment of Antonio Conte, now they can do just that.
With the Old Lady in transition, it seems the ideal time for Conte – the man who started Juve’s eight-year league winning spell – to take advantage and channel his bombastic nature into propelling Inter to their first title since 2009/10.
Surprise Package - Marco Giampaolo (Milan)
Former Milan midfielder Gennaro Gattuso undoubtedly pulled his beloved club from out of the doldrums with his tenacity and worth ethic, steadily improving his tactical approach as he learned on the job. Yet the bosses at San Siro recognised that he had reached a glass ceiling, unable to earn the side the Champions League place that would help them to earn the resources a club of this side so desperately need.
In his place has arrived former Sampdoria boss Marco Giampaolo who – whilst not necessarily a “big name” appointment – has proved that he possesses the necessary acumen to take this side forward.
With a voluntary exit from the Europa League in order to satisfy Financial Fair Play concerns, the new man will have an uncongested fixture list, allowing him the time and space to get his team firing towards fourth place.