Mancini: ‘Uncertain Scudetto race’

Roberto Mancini believes Juventus face an ‘uncertain’ and open Scudetto race from Inter, Napoli, Milan, Lazio, Roma and Atalanta.

The Italy coach spoke at an awards ceremony and was asked about the 2020-21 title race.

“Juve remain the most complete squad, but I believe it really will be an uncertain campaign and open to far more Scudetto challengers,” said Mancini.

“I am thinking of Inter, Napoli, Milan, Lazio, Roma, but also Atalanta, who could confirm their status among the top teams.”

The Bianconeri have won nine Serie A titles on the trot, but are now under debutant coach Andrea Pirlo.

“Pirlo was praised after the first win and criticised after the draw with Roma, but I doubt it’ll frighten him. He has the necessary experience to know that in football opinions are overturned every three days, especially in Italy.”

There are now 1,000 fans allowed into stadiums in Italy, with plans to open up to 25 per cent capacity next month.

“Football belongs to the people. Athletes might get used to doing without the support of the crowd, but it’s not the same thing in an empty arena with nobody there to entertain.

“The clubs also suffer financially, so I think the time has come to reopen the stadiums.”

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