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Part of the problem with this sort of thing is leaving people out.
Vincenzo Montella's Fiorentina are one of the most promising sides in European football, and with the addition of Mario Gomez could be a force to be reckoned with. If either Milan or Roma slip up, the Viola will be right in there.
Otherwise, they're still a work in progress. That might sound harsh, but it's worth remembering Montella's men were only battling for a Champions League place last term because Milan had such an appalling start, and because Roma were abysmal.
The Lupi capitulated under the stress of Zeman's unique brand of management, and were pushovers under Aurelio Andreazzoli. They were one of only five teams to lose to the relegated Palermo and they threw away points at Sampdoria, Pescara and Chievo Verona. Assuming Garcia's tenure is not a disaster it's hard to see Roma being so profligate again.
Inter, meanwhile, could be the league's dark horse—but Walter Mazzarri's got his work cut out for him. His squad is a mixture of unproven talent and ageing stars, and he's tasked with reforming them into a winning unit using his preferred three-man defence after a woeful 2012-13 season.
The last man to attempt such drastic changes at the Giuseppe Meazza was Gian Piero Gasperini—he lasted just five games. That's something that might be bothering Mazzarri, who has the curious honour of being one of the few Serie A managers to have never been sacked. So far.
Elsewhere, Lazio and Udinese should play a part in who finishes higher up the table but neither look like having the quality or depth to really worry the league's very best. If anyone's upsetting the balance of power in Serie A, this writer's money is on Napoli or Roma.
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