At the midpoint in the Serie A campaign, it's the same old story on the table. In fact, Juventus only strengthened their Scudetto grip this season, by nine points to Napoli – once again the closest competition was the Old Lady – in second place.
Indeed, a total of 53 points, only four down at this stage of the season, is a new record after many matches. Genoa and, more recently, Atalanta are the only two parties who deny the three-point champions until now, although that does not mean the Max Allegri side team does not have more than a close shave.
Juventus only won the match won throughout the season with more than two goals – a 3-0 win over their rivals Fiorentina – once again relying on outstanding defense records to date, along with their summer signing in the tent.
Player of the season so far: Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus) – 7.73
As far as the player's judgment, it's not close at the halfway stage in Serie A, with Cristiano Ronaldo still scoring incredible numbers at the age of 33. The Portuguese have climbed to the top of Italy soon, scoring 14 goals and registering five further assists in 19 his league appearance to date. The former Real Madrid star has a direct contribution in at least one goal in all but four matches and has decided to say at least for Juve's dominant start.
2: Alejandro Gomez (Atalanta) – 7.50, 3: Joao Cancelo (Juventus) – 7.49
Young players this season so far: Christian Kouame (Genoa) – 7.14
While Krzysztof Piatek's strike partner has stolen the headlines with his goals this season, Kouame has proven to be the perfect foyle for Polish international players. The 21-year-old may have only three goals in his name this season, he has three further assists and a level of work and his air proficiency allows Piatek to focus on scoring positions. Ivory Coast has won the third most air duel per 90 minutes in the division (6) and if he can improve his finishing, the young player will have a bright future in the game.
2: Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina) – 7.08, 3: Nikola Milenkovic (Fiorentina) – 7.03
The signing of the season so far: Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)
2: Joao Cancelo (Juventus) – 7.49
While fellow summer signing Ronaldo is the direct leader in the rankings, new club colleague Cancelo has made a big impression on J. Stadium. Having enjoyed a superb season on loan at Inter last time, Juve flexed their financial problems to get their players and players 24-year-old was not disappointed. The Portugal international is injured at the moment but has registered two assists in 12 league appearances, 2.2 impressive tackles per 90 minutes and the most successful dribbles per match (2.9) in the league.
3: Krzysztof Piatek (Genoa) – 7.20
The surprise package of the season so far: Parma Calcio 1913
Following their promotion to the top flight, Parma has done relatively light work after they returned to the big stage. They sat comfortably in the middle of the board in the middle stage and while the goal proved difficult to come by throughout the season, a total of seven wins from 19 were impressive calculations for each team that was promoted. Roberto D's side Aversa will not count their chickens first but the distance of 12 points to the drop zone is a significant amount of breathing space.
2: Sampdoria, 3: Torino
The underachievers this season: Rome
Having finished in the top three for the last five seasons running Gialorossi will have a difficult task to maintain this season's streak. Eusebio Di Francesco has held fast to his work for some time, and indeed a place in the top six. Three wins from four have eased the final pressure but Roma remain only five points ahead of Sassuolo in 12th place, who are four closer than they are to Inter in third. Fourth place will secure another Champions League settlement, which eventually became the club's goal towards this season, but that seems to be their best position after the disappointing first half of the season.
2: Cheivo, 3: Fiorentina