The new season in Serie A starts on August 19, 2017. Then, the Italian football will be back in the game again. What’s more, Juventus will defend the seventh Scudetto in a row and fourth Coppa Italia in a row. Before football matches start, it is important to know what matches will take place and when will be the most important ones. By the way, it is necessary to look at the current staff of Juve and the situation in other Italian clubs.
The start of Serie A
The 86th edition of Serie A starts in the second half of August. There will be 20 Italian clubs, which will take part in the competition. The season will have 38 rounds, during which 380 matches will be played. The end of the season is scheduled for May 20, 2018, when one club will officially celebrate their winning of Scudetto.
This time in Serie A table will take part the following clubs:
Time to wash hands in invisible soap! Juve and all of Italy is waiting for matches
New season will be a new dose of rivalry and emotions until the final whistle blows and new season will present matches of giants of Italian football club. There’s no denying that there are meetings that are worth waiting for and counting the days. Of course, for a Juve fan, every match can be like this, but a strong opponent always triggers a lot of attention among the players and fans.
The first major game for the Old Lady is to be a match against ACF Fiorentina, which will take place on September 20, 2017. The 5th round is a good time to normalize their form and get used to the season. That is why it is time to compete with the eighth team of the previous season. Juve will be the host of the match. You will have to wait until February 11, 2018 that is to say, 24th round.
A lot of excitement awaits for fans only a week later during the Derby of Turin. Regardless of the current disposition, weather conditions or table situation, this match will attract thousands of spectators and Allianz Stadium fans. September 24 is definitely the date that Juventus and Torino fans will mark in red on the calendar. And, another date that is important is February 18, 2018, when but this time the match will take place at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino.
The second half of September and October will definitely be a very demanding period for Juve. On October 1 there will be the away match against the fourth club from the previous season, Atalanta Bergamo. Next time they will face in the 26th round on February 25, 2018. A week later, there will also be plenty of emotion, as on 15th October Italy will talk about the Old Lady match against Lazio Rome although the balance of matches against Lazio is very good. And, it is still important to remember that they were in the top five in Serie A last season. They will be more competitive on 4 March 2018, when Juventus will arrive at the Stadio Olimpico.
In turn, there will be the match of Juve against AC Milan on the 29th of October. They cannot be ignored mainly by the defeat in the previous season. However, there are two other reasons why this match can be extremely important because of the Italian Championship. Firstly, in the summer Milan spent a fortune on transfers. Secondly, the match is played on the San Siro. Certainly, there will be plenty of emotions. The revision is scheduled for March 31, 2018.
Another match that will bring close one of the teams to the national championship will be the match of Juventus Turin against Napoli SSC and a date to remember is December 3, 2017 and April 22, 2018! It is worth emphasizing that the first match will take place at Stadio San Paolo.
Shortly before the holiday break, there will be another important match, i.e. the match of the vice-champion of the previous season against AS Roma. The match will surely provide fans with many emotions. If you are near the Allianz Stadium on December 23, 2016, it is necessary to take into account the cost of the ticket on a pre-Christmas budget. When the spring comes, the fans will be able to enjoy a return match on the second to last round of the season on May 13, 2018.
Changes in the staff of Juve before the 2017/2018 season - who left the club?
Some well-known players said „goodbye” Juventus in the first month of the open summer transfer window. Leonardo Bonucci, who left AC Milan for 42 million euros must of course appear at the top of this list. In addition, Kingsley Coman changed the club colors and went to Bayern Munich for 21 million euros. We should also mention about Dani Alves, who changed the club colors in an agreement with the club. In total, Juve has earned 105.80 million euros on transfers.
Other players who left the summer transfer window of Juventus
Simone Zaza (transferred to Valenci CF for 16 million euros)
Filippo Romagna (transferred to Cagliari Calcio for 7.60 million euros)
Francesco Cassata (transferred to Sassuolo for 7 million euros)
Neto (transferred to Valenci CF for 6 million)
Anastasios Donis (transferred to Stuttgart for 4 million euros)
Changes in Juve before the 2017/2018 season - who was bought by the club?
Juve is definitely is very busy in the summer transfer window. The current amount they spent on transfers is 122.20 million euros. This amount includes amount of compensation for such names as:
Bernardeschi (from AC Fiorentina for 40 million euros)
Juan Cuadrado (with Chelsea FC for 20 million euros)
Medhi Benatia (from Bayern Munich for 17 million euros)
Wojciech Szczęsny (with FC Arsenal for € 12.20 million)
Mattia De Sciglio (from AC Milan for 12 million euros)
Rodrigo Bentancur (from Boca Juniors for 10.5 million euros)
Dario Del Fabro (with Cagliari Calcio for 4.5 million euros).
For that, 6 million from Bayern Munich was rented to Douglas Costa.
The most dangerous rivals of Juventus next season
There is no denying that another season offers new opportunities and aspirations of clubs. As every year Juventus will have to pay special attention to AS Roma, SSC Napoli or even Atlanta BC. First of all, the first two clubs openly announce that the Scudetto 2017/2018 will be their priority.
In the case of the Napoli SSC they certainly had a very good preseason. They played very well, but above all they took part in matches against clubs from the lower leagues. In early August they also took part in the Audi Cup. They played with Atletico Madrid, where they lost 1-2, and beat Bayern Munich 2-0.
AS Roma, as well as Juve, played in the International Champions Cup. At the very beginning they faced PSG, with whom they lost only during penalty kicks. However, the winners were from Tottenham Hotspur F.C. - 3: 2. At the end of the tournament there was a very important match just between Juventus and AS Roma. After a fierce match Roma had problems during penalty kicks.
However, one cannot forget about AC Milan, who underwent a full metamorphosis against the previous season. After the Chinese capital group bought the club from Milan and they gained additional funds for transfers. During the mid-summer transfer window they spent 189.5 million euros on new players, about 67 million euros more than Juve and about 101 million more euros from AS Roma. Although, „the money doesn’t play on grass”, there is no denying that Milan can become a black horse of the 2017/2018 season.
Looking at the results of the sparring matches, you still cannot be sure what form will have the players of Milan. Although they beat Bayern Munich (4: 0), they lost to Borussia Dortmund (1: 3). In the Europa League they played very well and the promoted to the fourth round. Still, you cannot be sure how reliable can be a victory (1-0 and 2-0) with the Romanian club - CSU Krajowa.
Is it time to conquer Europe? Juve versus UEFA Champions League
The next season is also a new dose of emotions connected with the match of the giants of European football. Of course, I’m speaking here about the Champions League, which is becoming the target of the Old Lady every year. And, after the defeat of Real Madrid in the finale of the previous edition, the emotions felt down. That's why it's supreme to break the curse that so many Italian journalists write.
Anyway, it is difficult to disagree with them as Juve reached the finals 9 times, and they won only twice, besides, they lost the last five finals. The new season is set to be completely different, and the hope of fans in the repetition of the achievement of 1985 and 1996 comes back slowly.
The training of Champions League was the participation at the International Champions Cup, where Juve took fifth place. They beat AS Roma (1: 1 on penalty kicks) and PSG (3: 2). They only lost to the Catalonia Pride (1: 2), who eventually won the entire tournament.