Monday August 18 2014
2014-15: Atalanta, Fiorentina, Milan, Sampdoria

How do Atalanta, Fiorentina, Milan and Sampdoria look heading into the 2014-15 Serie A season? Football Italia profiles.

A time of year when every Serie A side has hope of what's to come, Football Italia profiles every Serie A side heading into the 2014-15 campaign, at a time of the year when every Coach, player and President should hold hope of what's to come...

Today it's the turn of Atalanta, Fiorentina, Milan and Sampdoria.


Atalanta have continued their modus operandi through the 2014 summer and look in good shape for 2014-15 consolidation, says Luca Persico. Read more



Vincenzo Montella’s men are ready once more to try and break into the top three. Jeremy Lim considers what may be in their favour this year. Read more



Have Milan shown enough signs of progress this summer to bounce back from a disastrous last season? Susy Campanale isn't so sure. Read more



A new man at the top has new ambition for Sampdoria. Mark Siglioccolo considers if Sinisa Mihajlovic's side are ready to match it on the pitch. Read more


Further club by club season previews will follow through the week, so be sure to check back.

Have your say...
Over joyed by the balotelli news!!! Milan finally free from the most overrated footballer to ever kick a ball
on the 21st August, 2014 at 1:58pm
If Fiorentina have Rossi and Gomez fit for most of the season and keep Cuadrado then it could be special year. Juve don't feel quite the same force now Conte has left and the Milan sides dont look too threatening on paper. If Roma or Napoli are not playing really well I think they will pip one of them to third place and Champions League football.
on the 20th August, 2014 at 8:31am
I think the milan has a ridiculis team and that Lopez don't is the best keeper. Sorry for my english
on the 19th August, 2014 at 1:59pm
@ Mike and Juveman well when you describe someone who you don't know as a "poisonous influence on the pitch and in the dressing room" I'm not sure you give them the benefit of the doubt. If Balotelli is such a negative influence why does FT pick him as "The difference maker"? Normally when you pick "one to watch" it doesn't include token insults. Either he's one to watch or not. Personally I would've gone for SES who is due a big season. If you've got nothing nice to say then........
on the 19th August, 2014 at 12:17pm
Milan season can still be positive at least make some progress towards building a team which can compete for the future, however 6th or 7th place seems like a inevitable conclusion.
on the 19th August, 2014 at 11:06am
The transfers are a familiar story. They're about quantity not quality. Instead of signing Lopez, Agazzi, Albertazzi, Alex, Armero and Menez we could've simply signed 3 quality players: Lopez, Ashley Cole and Astori. We could've kept Kaka and not bothered with Menez. We could've seen what Saponara, SES and Balo could've done in attack. Then next season we could've looked to sign another CB, midfielder and attacker. And then the following season built on that. At least we'd see progress
on the 19th August, 2014 at 9:29am
Has the defence improved? Not really. Alex has not improved the defence meanwhile the previous problems remain. Probably our best signing is Lopez despite his shaky start. So we can maybe say our goalkeeper has improved. All in all however at best we've made sideway steps and at worst the squad has actually deteriorated despite the 16 changes. Either way for at least the 3rd summer in a row Milan have failed to substantial improve the squad or tackle key areas of weakness
on the 19th August, 2014 at 9:22am
So looking at the review again (yes when I'm bored in work I sometimes read over old articles?) Milan have made 19 changes to the first team squad. The question is has the squad improved? I'd say no. Is Menez better than Kaka was? The latter brought leadership and experience and occasionally flashes and the former well is a bit of an unknown really. The latter could've gracefully stepped back from the fold to allow for the emergence of Saponara and the former will likely impede his progress
on the 19th August, 2014 at 9:02am
@Maldini's Heir. No one says that about Chiellini because he is a defender their job is to tackle and be ''rough'' so there's a very good chance they get reds or multiple yellows, however it is not the norm for an attacker. Llorente for instance probably got like 2 yellows all season.
on the 19th August, 2014 at 6:59am
@Maldini Heir:

Discipline does not encompass red/yellow cars only. It goes way beyond that. Chiellini may get three or four red cards and a great number of yellows. He's a defender, He gets them for tackling ( sometimes late, sometimes risky). he doesn't get them for being in the face of referee, or sulking. When balotelli's discipline is in debate it goes beyond cards on the pitch. He's a poisonous influence on the pitch and in the dressing room.. Two different concepts!
on the 19th August, 2014 at 1:53am
@ Udo_casciavit it's the errors that's the problem. We make lots and lots of errors at the back. That's why tactics and formations are meaningless while we have this defence. The best defenders make the fewest mistakes. We don't have any good defenders.
on the 18th August, 2014 at 11:38pm
I think that 7th is a fair spot for Milan. They will be unlikely to crack the top 5 until they actually spend money on new players. Berlusconi should sell a big stake. Juve/Roma/Napoli are lightyears ahead and I think Fiorentina/Inter/Lazio should finish above them without a problem.
on the 18th August, 2014 at 7:35pm
I can of have a good feeling about this season. As long as we keep weeding out the likes of Essien, Zapata, Mexes, Agazzi...we should be fine. A good view of preseason matches and you'd realise that we've conceded a lot from individual errors.
on the 18th August, 2014 at 7:10pm
FT a word on Balotelli. Why the token criticism? Why can't we have a review of Milan or Italy or Balotelli that doesn't have the predictable reference to the "bad boy" image. Will he "wander around petulantly until the inevitable yellow or red card"? He was sent off once last season. Chiellini was also sent off once and probably should have been sent off a few more times. When you're doing the Juve review will you say Juve will challenge if Chiellini can keep his discipline? I doubt it.
on the 18th August, 2014 at 6:43pm
I think 7th is a fair prediction for Milan. I can't see this squad or manager getting into the CL. It's a shame because with maybe one decent CB and an experienced manager I think they could challenge. I've no doubt that if Garcia or Conte was in charge of this team with one decent CB then they could actually challenge for the league. I don't that's an exaggeration. Conte turned around Juve and Garcia turned around Roma from exactly the same position. Look at the difference that Benatia made.
on the 18th August, 2014 at 6:24pm

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