The Serie A also had its share of major changes in dominance in the 2020/21 season. A new champion emerged against all odds in Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan as Juventus’ stranglehold on the title for close to a decade was halted.
The champions went on to end the season on a high as they thrashed Udinese 5:1 at home on the final day of the season. The performances they put up even after being confirmed as champions is a pointer that they will be up for it next season.
This means that Juventus have their work cut out for them if they want to regain their status as the best club in Italy because the Nerazzurri are the best in the land presently.
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Furthermore, it appears that the glory days of the Milan clubs are back as both sides finished first and second respectively and will participate in the Champions League next season.
Both sides also finished above Juventus on the log as the Old Ladies had to settle for fourth and have Napoli’s faltering to thank for the spot.
As for Napoli, they were this close to the UEFA Champions League and were playing at home on the day. Their opponents were not that high and mighty in comparison to AC Milan who were away to Atalanta and needed to win.
Juventus were away to Bologna and they did themselves a lot of good by garnering all three points with a 4:1 win. AC Milan beat Atalanta 2 nil but Napoli who had been in a good run of form conspired to fail and drew 1 all against Verona at home in a must-win game.
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The poor result ensured the end of Gennaro Gattuso’s role as manager of the club as he won’t be with them next season according to reports.
We finally got to see a very tough season in Serie A where perennial lords of the league Juventus had to rely on other results to finish fourth on the log. If Napoli had gotten their acts rights, the Old Ladies would have had no choice but to make do with Thursday night football.
It was a very poor season by Juve’s standards and it remains to be seen if Andrea Pirlo will continue as coach. Meanwhile, Atalanta have come to stay as a force in Serie A and were up for the season alongside the Milan outfits.
The Milan outfits will surely get a say yet again in how Serie A pans out next season. However, Juventus must get their acts right if they want to regain their status as Serie A’s finest and I don’t think Pirlo is the man to return them to those glory days.