Italian journalist Paolo Condo believes that the overall standard of Serie A has dropped this season, as evidenced by the form of the teams at the top of the table.
Writing in his column in today’s print edition of Rome-based newspaper La Repubblica, the journalist pointed out that this Inter side are only on pace to finish with the points total of last season’s fourth-place Juventus, while AC Milan and Napoli are just behind that.
Last campaign, the Nerazzurri won the Scudetto in fairly emphatic fashion, whilst the likes of Milan, Atalanta, Juventus, and Napoli fought for the top four places on the last day, with the Partenopei missing out.
This time around, it is Inter, Milan, and Napoli who are closely bunched together in the fight for the title, whilst the Bianconeri and La Dei look set to go head-to-head for the last remaining Champions League place.
Condo notes that “For some years the league has been more balanced, but Europe shows that the the league has taken a step down.”
He adds that “A year ago, Pirlo’s (rightly) criticized Juve had eight points more than this one, one more than today’s leaders Milan and Napoli, and the same as Inter should they win their game in hand.”
“This data is enough to understand the overall quality that we have lost along the way,” he argues.