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2009/2010 SATO Serie A Predictions

#4: AS Roma

AS Roma should be bitter about dropping out of the top four clubs last year and look to improve their result this season.  Francesco Totti is among the best forwards in Serie A and he should improve on his 13 goal mark from last year and forward Mirko Vulcinic helps make for a strong offensive pair.

#3: AC Milan

Despite the critical loss of midfielder and leading scorer Kaka, AC Milan should still remain a top three Serie A squad.  Ronaldinho has something to prove with the Brazilian teammate’s departure and the club has a great supporting cast including: Pirlo, Ambrosini, Zambrotta, Pato, Inzaghi, and possibly David Beckham back with the club on loan.  The club has not landed any Kaka-caliber stars, but they did just sign winger Klaas Jan Huntelaar from Real Madrid.  With a solid defense and an offense that will improve over the course of the year, AC Milan will remain a top tier club.     

#2: Juventus

Juve probably had the second best off season of any club in Serie A this year.  Although Nedved decided not to return to the club and is to likely retire from football, Juventus was able to keep David Trezeguet happy and the star decided not to flee to AC Milan.  Also the signings of midfielders Diego, Felipe Melo and defenders Fabio Cannavaro and Caceres from Barcelona will likely add some bulk to the club’s already great depth.

#1: Inter

The best club in all of Serie A will not lose any ground this upcoming season.  In fact Inter looks to make it one for the thumb next year and capture their fifth consecutive Serie A title.  The club did lose SATO’s MVP and Golden Boot Winner Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but they were able to potentially strengthen the front line with the additions of Samuel Eto’o from Barca and Alberto Diego Milito from Genoa.  Ibs did have the most Italian league goals last year, but these two additions scored over 50 goals combined.  Also the additions of Lucio and Thiago Motta to the midfield should not hurt either.