The final 2019/20 Serie A table showed that Juventus won the title by just one point, as they finished the season on 83 points, one more than Inter and only five more than both Atalanta and Lazio.
Since the first of their nine straight titles in 2011/12, Juventus had never been run so close. They had finished four points clear on three occasions, nine points clear twice, 11 once, and had won the title with a 17-point cushion twice.
Although the Serie A table showed that just one point separated Inter and the Bianconeri, the feeling in Italy was different. In reality, they had wrapped the title up early enough that they could afford to switch off in the final few rounds.
Maurizio Sarri was sacked and replaced by Andrea Pirlo, just over a week after he had been given his first-ever coaching job with the club’s Under-23 squad. So far, it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the former midfielder, and his Juventus sit third in the table, behind both Inter and AC Milan, and their stranglehold on the Scudetto looks more likely than ever to end this season.
This newfound competition at the top of Serie A could be put down to the improvement of other sides. Milan, Inter, Atalanta, and Lazio have undoubtedly strengthened in the last couple of seasons, but Juventus have been in steady decline. Continue reading