Verratti: Roma will challenge this year

Former Pescara player Marco Verratti gave his insights into the upcoming Serie A season, saying that Juventus should expect a serious challenge from Roma.

The highly-rated Paris Saint-Germain midfielder gave an in-depth interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport ahead of the new season, which kicks off on Saturday.

"I saw Roma looking really organised in the Champions League play-off against Porto, playing really good football," he said. "Their Coach is also well-prepared, so I think they can cause Juve problems this season."

He also discussed the high-profile takeovers of the two Milan clubs, saying that a competitive Inter and AC Milan is good for Italian football.

"It is inevitable in today’s football," he continued. "But no Milan fan can criticise Silvio Berlusconi for what he’s done over 30 years. The Chinese groups have a lot of money and the desire to invest in order to win.

"It’s right that Inter and Milan get back to the top of European football. From the outside, it’s not nice to see them so low down."

"This season I see Juventus, Roma and Napoli on the Scudetto podium," the 23-year-old added. "In terms of Capocannoniere, I’d give the advantage to Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala, but this year I have faith in Edin Dzeko too.”

He also went on to discuss his former club's first season back in the Italian top flight.

"I hope my Pescara can be the surprise package, as they have many talented youngsters from Gianluca Caprari to Rey Manaj. I really like Lucas Torreira, who last year did well at Pescara, and I hope Sampdoria can put their faith in him," he concluded.