One of the big storylines of this year’s international season is the possibility of a repeat of last year’s title success, but the rest of Europe’s top five leagues could see their titles slipping as well.
In the wake of Italy’s World Cup success, the top five European leagues have already been knocked off the top spot, while the Europa League has also suffered.
With the new Champions League season coming to a close in May, the tables could turn and there is every chance that the new edition of the competition could see a dip.
What will the Italian top-flight look like next season?
Milan The Bianconeri won Serie A last season and made their return to the top of the table for the first time since 2006, and are now one of the hottest properties in Europe.
They have won the domestic double four times in the last seven seasons and are also unbeaten in their last 12 league games, but that won’t be enough to avoid the drop.
The team is still considered one of Europe, and have a solid defence that could benefit from some new signings.
With that in mind, a return to Serie A is highly likely.
The Biancocelesti have won seven of their last eight league games and sit fourth in Serie A behind Juventus, Inter Milan and Sampdoria.
Napoli In a way, the Bianconero’s title challenge was a little bit of a surprise.
The side were crowned champions of Italy in 2008 and have gone on to win the Scudetto, but their domestic success has been more subdued.
Napolese fans have been hoping for something more from the club, with the squad seemingly lacking in firepower and attacking flair.
However, coach Pierluigi Collina is a former Serie A boss, and has a good record in Europe and abroad.
The club is currently third in Serie B, but a win in Milan would surely secure their place in the Champions League next season.
Atalanta Despite being relegated from Serie A a year ago, Atalantes have remained a force in the top flight.
With two domestic trophies in their six years in Serie C, the team’s players have not been shy in speaking their minds about the direction of the club.
In particular, coach Alessandro Pazzini is a keen supporter of Italian football and has played for both the Biancoels and Sassuolo, so it is a big compliment for his side to have him in charge of the team.
A win in Turin could be enough for the team to remain in Serie P and potentially challenge for the Champions.
Lazio The Rossoneri have been linked with a move for Cristiano Ronaldo, and a return from the Champions is certainly something they would like to achieve.
With eight domestic trophies and the Coppa Italia winning the Champions Cup in 2008, Lazio have been a consistent contender for the league title for many years.
A trip to Turin would surely put Lazio in contention for the Europa league next season, which would see them compete with Juventus for the top prize.
Inter Milan Inter Milan were not too happy with their domestic results last season, and could use some help from their Serie A rivals.
The Nerazzurri missed out on the Coppiroli title by just one point thanks to a disappointing run in Serie D, but still finished the campaign in second place.
A return to domestic form could see them get back into the Champions league, which is currently held by Juventus.
Juventus The Biancons have had some decent results in recent years, and were also runner-up to Juventus in the Coppo Italiana last season.
A repeat of the win-loss record in Serie E would certainly be a big boost for the Biancan side, with Juventus already in the Europa group.
However if Juve were to fall off the pace, the possibility exists that Inter could jump into the top four and challenge for a Champions League place.
Udinese Udinese are currently fifth in Serie L, but are currently one point off the runner-ups.
Udini finished third in the Italian league last season but have a long way to go to challenge for their domestic title.
A second straight home defeat could see the Nerazzu slip further down the table.
Inter A victory over Napoli in Turro will not be enough, but any of the other Italian sides that have made it through the Europa leagues could benefit.
A result in Turre would mean a place in Europa League next year, and would be the most likely outcome of the Champions group stage.
AC Milan The Rossonato have won Serie B in each of the last six seasons, with a win-lose record of six years running.
Their best result in recent seasons came in 2011, when they went through to the last four of the Europa Europa League and advanced to the final.
A Europa League defeat to Udinese could see Milan drop