The mind games began at the end of May. Not from a pretender to the Juventus throne, but from Maurizio Sarri's predecessor.
Sarri had yet to be announced as the Old Lady's new coach back then but Massimiliano Allegri seemed to have a very good idea of who the club were lining up as his replacement. In his goodbye press conference, he once again stoked up the debate that had raged throughout the final two years of his tenure.
Does how you win matter? Last time he checked Juve's motto, he didn't...
After a three-month hiatus, Serie A returns this Saturday, starting with Juventus at Parma, while every game in Italy's top flight can be seen live in the United States on ESPN+ this season.
On the eve of the 2019-20 campaign, there is hope for all 20 clubs and questions abound: Will Juve win a ninth consecutive Scudetto? Who will qualify for the Champions League? Can Mario Balotelli keep his hometown club Brescia from being relegated?
Tom Williams is here to answer those questions and examine...
Manchester United are facing a £12 million bill for Alexis Sanchez's wages this season, sources have told ESPN FC, even if the forward completes a loan move to Inter Milan before next week's European transfer deadline.