Football Italian is pleased to announce the final rankings for the 2016/17 season, with the top four clubs in the league being crowned the champions of Serie A. This will be followed by the final four teams in the Europa League, with Juventus taking the first place and Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus being the runners-up.
The top four teams will be crowned champions of the league in a match-up between the reigning champions Juventus and Real Madrid, while the fourth will be chosen by the top two from the remaining seven teams.
Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Juventus, Inter Milan and Barcelona will also be the teams to finish second in the Champions League, but will be joined by a host of teams in Europe’s elite competition, with Barcelona, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur finishing third, fourth and fifth respectively.
As the UEFA Champions League kicks off on March 23, it will be interesting to see how the top three teams in each division will be rewarded in terms of league points, as each of the top six clubs in each of their respective divisions will have a shot at a spot in the final in each Champions League group stage.
Here is the list of the Serie A clubs that will be competing in the next two years: Juventus Juve will be coming into the season as the favourite to finish in the top half of the table, having secured a Champions League place in each season since 2011, although the team has struggled to live up to expectations in recent seasons, with only one win in their last four league matches.
Real Madrid Real are currently the biggest threat to Juventus, having won three of their last five games and won the Champions Leagues in 2012/13 and 2014/15. Barcelona Barça have a number of great players to work with in their squad, and the club is in the process of building a team capable of challenging for the treble.
They are in pole position to secure the Champions’ League, having already qualified for the group stages twice, and have a squad capable of finishing in the last four of the Champions Cup.
Bayer Leverkusen BVB are a great team, with a squad filled with world-class talent, and they are one of the favourites for the final Champions League spot, having clinched the Europa Leagues spot in 2014/17.
Tottenham Hotspur Toulouse are a team that has been around since the turn of the century, having been promoted to the Champions league from the second division of French football in 2008/09, with an impressive run of eight consecutive league titles in the years since. Juventino Juvenile Italian side Bayer Leverkusener have enjoyed a successful time in the Bundesliga, winning four consecutive titles, with all of the club’s players having graduated to the first team.
Napoli The Napoli club have been an impressive success for many years, winning five consecutive Italian titles from 2009/10 to 2014/16, with their current manager Maurizio Sarri the former Juventus manager.
Arsenal Arsenal have been a perennial title contender in the Premier League, winning the title once every seven seasons since 2004/05, but their form has slipped in recent years, with just two victories in nine league games in the current campaign.
Manuel Pellegrini The former Real Madrid manager is in charge of Arsenal, having managed the club from 2009-12, winning three consecutive La Liga titles. Liverpool Liverpool have had a successful season in the transfer market, having signed a number the world class players from abroad in recent times.
Vincenzo Montella Liverpool’s current manager has taken charge of the Merseyside club, with Brendan Rodgers having been the manager for eight seasons and winning the Premier league title with his side in 2014.
Manchester City Manchester United have enjoyed success in the past few seasons, having reached the Champions or Europa League every year since 2009/11.
Benfica BFC Benfica are currently in the second tier of Portuguese football, having only reached the top flight in 2014, having previously reached the quarter-finals of the Copa Libertadores.
Chelsea Chelsea have been one of Manchester City’s most consistent sides in recent decades, winning two Premier League titles, one Champions League and the Champions Coppa Italia between 2005/06 and 2014.