Serie A 2021-22 season: what you need to know?

Serie A 2021/22 season: what you need to know? We are just a week away from the start of the 2021/22 Serie A season, with Inter playing against Genoa in the season opener.

Zlatan Ibrahimovis of AC Milan-Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus-Serie A
Zlatan Ibrahimovis of AC Milan-Cristiano Ronaldo of Juventus-Serie A

We are just a week away from the start of the 2021/22 Serie A season, with Inter Milan playing against Genoa in the season opener. Here is the list of things you need to know about the upcoming season.

Title defenders ( Inter Milan)

Inter Milan managed to break the long-held dominance of Juventus in Serie A by lifting the title last season. They will be hoping to do the same this season under new manager Simone Inzaghi.

Promoted sides

Venezia, Empoli and Salernitana have been promoted to the Italian top-flight from Serie B.

Managerial changes

Serie A has witnessed a handful of managerial changes ahead of the new season.

Max Allegri – Juventus

Simone Inzaghi – Inter Milan

Maurizio Sarri – Lazio

Luciano Spalletti – Napoli

Jose Mourinho – AS Roma

Top transfers

Juventus haven’t been among the busiest sides in the transfer window, as they are yet to make a signing despite being heavily linked with Sassuolo midfielder Manuel Locatelli.

Inter Milan have been forced to sell their prized assets Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi due to their financial crisis and their only signing in the transfer window so far is Hakan Calhanoglu.

AC Milan have strengthened their squad with the addition of Mike Maignan, Olivier Giroud and Brahim Diaz ( on loan from Real Madrid).

Mourinho’s Roma has also shown ambition in the transfer market by signing Rui Patricio while Lazio have signed Hysaj and Felipe Anderson. 

Title contenders 

Juve endured one of the worst campaigns in Serie A last term but Allegri’s return must have lifted their confidence.

The Italian manager can help Juve return to the top as he had done in his previous stint at Allianz Arena.

Inter Milan’s chances to retain the title have withered following the departures of manager Antonio Conte, Romelu Lukaku and Achraf Hakimi.

Struggling with financial depravity, the Nerazzurri have an uphill task to replicate last season’s form.

However, they can’t be still written off as they have an experienced new manager Simone Inzaghi and a squad full of talented players.

Atalanta have been punching above their weight over the last few seasons under mastermind Gian Piero Gasperini and they are expected to do so in the new season.

AC Milan will look to build on their impressive season last term – which also marked their return to the Champions League.

Last but not least, Lazio are the side to keep an eye on due to the presence of manager Maurizio Sarri, who made his return to Serie A after a year-long hiatus