Marco Storari believes this year’s Scudetto race will be a head-to-head battle between Juventus and Roma, but hopes other expected challengers can come back into the frame as the season progresses.
The goalkeeper says the Giallorossi have come on “leaps and bounds” since last season’s title tilt, pointing to their performance in last week’s tightly contested top-of-the-table clash at Juventus Stadium as proof of their continued progress under Rudi Garcia.
Speaking exclusively to the club’s in-house channel Jtv, Storari began: “It seems this year will be a two-horse race for the title. Juventus and Roma are the division’s most competitive sides. We’ve won three consecutive titles and they’ve strengthened after pushing us last time around.
“It was a different game to last season because they’ve come on leaps and bounds. It was a very difficult match and we’re very happy to have won it.”
Whilst reiterating his belief that Juventus and Roma would continue to move clear of the chasing pack, Storari expressed his view that an open title race featuring several contenders would be a positive for Italy’s top flight as a whole.
“We’ve already broken clear of the others and I think in the end it will be just us two in the running. However, I hope that another team is able to get back in it, perhaps Napoli, who have got off to a slow start, or Inter and Milan. It would only be a good thing for the league.”
A major driving force behind the team’s 100 per cent start to the Serie A campaign has been the input of Massimiliano Allegri, whose abilities to successfully steer the ship through the choppy waters of pre-season drew praise from Storari.
“Conte’s departure was a blow for everyone because it was unexpected. Having said that, he’s been replaced by an excellent coach and our strong reaction is down to him. Allegri is a smart and intelligent manager who has already won honours in his career.”
An ever-reliable deputy to Gigi Buffon, Storari is kept on his toes on a daily basis by the club’s goalkeeping coach Claudio Filippi – a man he rates as one of the best in the business.
He concluded: “His job isn’t easy because there are many aspects to take care of and he’s always very well prepared. I’ve worked with many goalkeeping coaches in my career and I think Filippi is certainly up there with the best.”