Italian football isn’t what it used to be. Gone are the glory days of the 1990s when Italian football was the place to be, the pinnacle of European competition and the home of entertainment. In recent years, it’s almost turned into a playground for Juventus as they’ve enjoyed domestic domination for the past few seasons. The most notable thing about Serie A is that there just isn’t enough money in the league, as only six clubs are deemed as ‘rich.’ It’s the reason why Italian football has been declining; they can’t keep up with the comparatively greater riches of England and Spain.
It’s worth noting that the majority of teams are spending very near to or over their wage budgets, so there isn’t too much money in the league unless the club is particularly well run financially.
Nonetheless, Serie A poses some interesting challenges. You could attempt to take over Juventus with their £20.6m budget the highest in the league. Although domestic success should be achievable with minimal fuss, it’s European success that they crave and your task would be to reclaim their first Champions League since 1996. Staying in Turin, you could manage the second club in the city, Torino to try restore them to their former glory, though their board are only prepared to offer £3.8m. Not to mention, though, you have Joe Hart in your squad.
Serie A is the home of the sleeping giants and you could take on the daunting task of trying to reawaken one of the Milan clubs, Inter or AC. Inter may be the more attractive of the two as their starting squad is of higher quality, the board offer more money (£17.2m) and they’re already in the Europa League, which carries Champions League qualification with overall victory. Milan, however, would be more challenging, plus you’d get to work with wonderkid ‘keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Roma and Napoli would also make interesting choices to try and break the Old Lady’s grip on the league.
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