The outsiders – Fiorentina
League position after Matchday 7: 5th (12pts)
Top scorer: Dusan Vlahovic (four goals)
Early star: Vincenzo Italiano
Key man in title charge: Dusan Vlahovic
After escaping a relegation dogfight last time out, Fiorentina have emerged as the division’s dark-horses to start 2021/22. Buoyed by the mind of new manager Vincenzo Italiano, La Viola currently sit fifth in the table.
Italiano has got the best out of what was always a talented group of players, with his modern, progressive ideals working in harmony with Fiorentina’s impressive crop. They’re a fantastic watch.
We’ve seen them thwart the likes of Napoli and Inter Milan through shrewd pressing, although their record against superior opposition suggests they’re not quite ready to mount a Serie A title charge. La Viola have lost to Roma and the two aforementioned sides already thus far, but they did overcome Atalanta in Bergamo.
Nevertheless, there’s no doubting that this Fiorentina side are on the right track with a brilliant coach at the helm. Their ambition will be Europe this season, though. Not the title. Let’s just hope Dusan Vlahovic’s situation doesn’t stall their impressive start.