I’m going to say it right now, and I know some will be disappointed by this, but I’m really looking forward to seeing the new Serie A sides and this season’s La Liga title race.
With the exception of the Real Madrid-Barcelona game, which I won’t be watching, I don’t expect any of these teams to be anything special.
As long as we’re in the top half of the table, this will be a decent year for the Serie A clubs.
I’m not going to give the top teams anything special, but there’s no reason to expect anything special from the other sides.
What we have now is a mix of quality, quality and quality.
A mix of good, decent and average.
The new signings, the transfers and the players are all there to make this season a success, but the real challenge will come in January.
Real Madrid will be back in Serie A next season, Barcelona in 2018 and Manchester United in 2019.
At the moment, I see the gap between them and the other teams as being around 20 points.
I believe this will all be fixed by the end of the season, but that is no guarantee.
For the moment the teams are pretty much locked in and the teams that aren’t in contention for the title will have to sit on the sidelines.
There are also two other teams that are vying for a top spot in Serie B, which could be one of the surprises of the year.
Juventus and Lazio are battling for the league title and I expect both to make it.
Both have a good squad, with both playing a bit more defensively.
Lazio’s defence is going to be the main issue in this season, and this has been the case since the start of the campaign.
It will be interesting to see how Juventus handles the loss of Dani Alves, and how they will play in the second half of their campaign.