More than ever, Italy’s Serie A teams are vying for the coveted trophy, and a winner could go down as one of the most successful squads in modern times.
With the tournament underway, the best teams from the first two divisions of the top flight are being looked at in the latest edition of our Five Favourite Teams.
As ever, our writers take a look at the three most successful Serie A clubs, while a few of the lesser known sides are also featured.
The Bianconeri are still in pole position for the title but will need to fend off rivals Udinese, Roma and Fiorentina, who all have some good young prospects.
The Nerazzurri have been in fine form this season, with three straight wins and one draw, while the Nerazzuri have been very impressive in Serie A and in the Champions League, with a win in their last four matches.
The Pescara have a great chance of becoming the first team to win the title in 20 years, but they face a daunting task in reaching the final after winning the first leg of their first-leg tie at Sampdoria.
The Sassuolo defence has improved markedly under Maurizio Sarri, while Andrea Pirlo and Sergio Aguero will be looking to make an impact, but it will be a very difficult task for them against the formidable Juventus side.
Lazio are hoping to bounce back after a frustrating run in the Europa League, while Udinese are struggling to adapt to the demands of the new season.
The Rossoneri will be aiming to regain their place in the top four and the title as well, but there are many teams with a better chance of claiming it.
Juventus are looking to become Serie A’s first ever winners after a 2-1 victory at Sampi, but a trip to Udinese will be difficult to swallow, especially after the 2-0 win at Fiorendino.
Bologna, Juventus and Napoli have all started brightly, while Inter Milan are on a fantastic run of form.
The Nerazzu, who have not been at the top of the table for over a decade, have also had a strong season, winning the league twice and reaching the Champions’ League once.
They have the advantage of playing in the new stadium and the experience of winning the treble, but the Bianconi have been a very strong team for a long time.
Borussia Dortmund have been fantastic at the back, while Napoli are also looking to keep up their form with their victory at Roma, but Lazio are looking strong in the midfield.
The same cannot be said for Juventus, who look like they will be fighting for the trebles again.
Roma will be without the services of Alessandro Del Piero, while Lazio look to be the only side that can compete with the Biancocelesti, especially with their Champions League campaign now complete.
Juve’s squad will be in great shape, with the likes of Marco Reus, Marco Asensio and Giorgio Chiellini all set to return from injury, but with all the Italian stars in the squad, they will have to be on their toes if they want to challenge for the league title.
Bruno Senna, who is recovering from a hip injury, will be joined by his partner and former Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon.
Senna was the main man in the Bianchi side that won the title last season, but Buffon will be an important player for the Bianca squad.
Juventino will be desperate to avoid another relegation battle as they struggle to stay in Serie B. Roma are looking like the favourites for the Serie A title, but Udinese and Lazio have also proven to be tough opponents in recent seasons.
Juosegast will have their work cut out against Lazio and Udinese as well as Roma, while Sennadini will have a big challenge against Napoli and Juventus.
Udinese have been on a brilliant run this season and are currently second in Serie D, but have not made it to the last 16 since 2011.