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5 Reasons why Serie A is the most competitive league right now

Liam Flin
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Having shrunk to a somewhat diminutive league in the shadows of the wealthy Premier League and a star-studded La Liga, Italy’s top flight, Serie A, has slowly but surely been reassembling itself in the background and is now awakening. With new sides vying for the Scudetto and looking to break the dominance of Juventus at the top, this season’s Series A campaign is gradually unfolding as one of the most competitive ever.

No other league has seen such development as the Italian top tier in the last couple of years and, perhaps with the exception of a seriously flagging Benevento side, Serie A is packed with quality from top to bottom and it really has become incredibly difficult to predict.

Why though has this sudden rebirth materialised and how? Let us then take a look at five reasons why the Serie A is now the most competitive league on the continent…

#1 The Emergence of Napoli

SSC Napoli v Shakhtar Donetsk - UEFA Champions League
Napoli players celebrating the Champions League victory against Shakhtar Donetsk

Although there has never been any doubt surrounding the talent embedded within the Italian top flight, there's certainly been an aura of predictability about it, given that one has to go back six years to the last time that Juventus didn't win the Scudetto.

Consequently it has raised many an eyebrow this campaign to see Napoli emerge as genuine title contenders in the early stages of the season, having now won 11 of their opening 13 matches, leading second placed Inter Milan by two points.

Not only do Napoli look fearsome in terms of statistics (they are unbeaten and boast the best goal difference in the division), but the club from the Naples have also been getting results, whilst playing incredible football. The interchangeable frontline of the much sought-after Dries Mertens, Lorenzo Insigne and José Callejón would be a dream for any manager, whilst there is strength in depth too, with the likes of youngsters Amadou Diawara and Piotr Zieli?ski knocking at the door for game time.

Although Napoli have already defeated both Rome clubs this term, their biggest challenge will be Juventus at the very start of next month, where we will perhaps see the true emergence of a club capable of challenging for the title.

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