Serie A Season 2023/24 Preview
With Napoli clinching last season’s title after more than 30 years of wait, the Serie A Season 2023/24 promises to be an enticing one.
The final action of the previous campaign saw Hellas Verona and Cagliari secure their top-flight status via playoff victories over Spezia and Bari, respectively. Genoa and Frosinone were the new teams promoted to the top flight and their start to life in the Serie A hasnt been made easier as they have some tricky fixtures coming up in their first weeks.
With the new season approaching, more excitement is growing as clubs are starting to reveal their new shirts and kits for the upcoming campaign.
While every fixture is important, there are specific fixtures that fans are always looking forward to such as the Derby della Madonnina, when AC Milan will be desperate to avenge their Champions League exit to Inter.
Lega Serie A confirmed that the 2023/24 season will begin on the weekend of August 19-20, one week later than the 2022/23 season. The early start has been necessitated by the late World Cup played last year with players having less time to rest before they can begin the season again. The move will also allow for national teams to prepare for the 2024 European Championship.
With the 2024 Champions League final at Wembley Stadium being played on Saturday, June 1, the 2023/24 Serie A season should end on Sunday, May 26, 2024, just 13 days before national teams start facing off in Germany. This is unless another Serie A relegation playoff delays the conclusion of the campaign for a second consecutive year.
Round Three Takeaways
Milan Clubs with a perfect start
Inter joined city rival AC Milan as the only teams to have won all three of their matches so far with the Milan derby coming up next on Sept. 16 after the international break.
Inter beat Fiorentina 4-0 where Marcus Thuram was the star man as he scored one and set up Lautaro Martinez for Inter’s second and then drew the penalty that Hakan Calhanoglu converted for the third. It’s the first time since 1966 that Inter has opened with three straight victories and three consecutive clean sheets.
Their rivals Milan beat Jose Mourinho’s Roma 2-1 despite finishing the game with ten men following the sending off of Fikayo Tomori in the 61st minute.
Pogba injury scare in Juve win
Juventus and Lecce each moved two points behind the leaders with wins over Empoli and Salernitana, respectively.
Juventus won 2-0 at Empoli with goals from Danilo and Federico Chiesa. Dusan Vlahovic wasted a chance to increase Juve’s advantage when his poor penalty kick was saved by Etrit Berisha. Danilo, who took over as Juventus captain this season, scored by kicking in a loose ball amid traffic following a corner. Chiesa finally sealed it when he got around the goalkeeper and regained his balance in time to deposit the ball into an empty net.
The game however saw midfielder Paul Pogba withdrawn with what seem to have been injury even though Juventus hasn’t confirmed the extent of his worry.
Having finished 16th last season to narrowly avoid relegation, Lecce is unbeaten this campaign. Montenegro striker Nikola Krstovic scored again for the southern club in a 2-0 win over Salernitana, connecting on a glancing header. Gabriel Strefezza added another for Lecce eight minutes into second-half added time.
Round Three Results
With Victor Osimhen going to sleep this week, Lautaro Martinez and Olivier Giroud has reminded him that it wont be business as usual in the golden boot race.
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There will not be a winter break in Serie A next season and the idea of fixtures on December 26 will not be explored again. Even more matches have been squeezed into the overall season for some Serie A teams by turning the Supercoppa Italiana final into a four-team tournament involving Napoli, Inter, Lazio and Fiorentina, who will all have their fixtures on December 30, 2023, rearranged.
One of the two losing semi-finalists is also set to play a friendly against a local side in Saudi Arabia, as part of the agreement. There will be a full set of fixtures on Epiphany Day which is January 6, 2024.
THE 2023/24 season will see three international breaks in the calendar and take place on the weekends of September 9-10, October 14-15 and November 18-19.
For the latter part of the 2023/24 season, there will be one further international break on the weekend of March 23-24, when Italian national team coach Roberto Mancini will get to have one last look at the players he hopes will help the Azzurri retain their trophy next summer.
Article Last updated on 4th September 2023
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