In the last decade, Serie A has usually been characterized by only having one team per season dominate the league. This temporary sense of superiority, however, has made of Italian soccer an authentic vicious cycle that has only been shared between Juventus, Inter and AC Milan.
In reality, the current season has not been much different from the previous years, given that the Bianconeri are on their way to win their third consecutive Scudetto without major problems, as they are leading the standings with 55 points in only 20 matches. If anything, the Old Lady’s supremacy in the league has even grown stronger than in the last two years.
However, what is different about the 2013-14 season is precisely the fact that, along with Juventus’ strength, the league has found another very powerful side, Roma, who is also on a superior level than the other 18 teams. Point in fact, it is not a coincidence that, week after week, both these clubs keep smashing all of their opponents, both in the score and in the game.
Furthermore, managed by an innovatory coach, the Giallorossi only have the misfortune of having to compete with one of the strongest sides Juventus might have ever had. Nonetheless, week after week, they are performing a historic season in which they are second in the standings, four points above Napoli.
Moreover, taking into consideration how well the roster has been reinforced with the signings of Radja Nainggolan and Michel Bastos, and the fact that they are not competing in European tournaments, it seems very unlikely for Napoli to be able to overcome Roma in the fight for the second spot.
On the other hand, the Partenopei, whose great level is unquestioned, have shown significant struggles in finding the appropriate consistency in the league. Instead, their bigger strength involves their unique ability to successfully approach important and specific games, even in international competitions.
Certainly, Rafael Benitez‘s team is, today, Italy’s best team under this aspect. For this reason, more than competing against Juventus and Roma in Serie A, its biggest and most accessible goal is to dream for the Europa League title, which would represent the coronation of a magnificent achievement, especially considering that the final will be at the Juventus Stadium.
As far as the Scudetto run goes, the hope is for both Bianconeri and Giallorossi to keep displaying their usual great performances until the very end of the season. This, in fact, would hugely benefit the Nazionale, considering that their numerous amount of Italian players who would be able to approach the World Cup with the highest motivation and physical form.